Experience the legendary streets of NYC with the mean and women who know them best. Embark on a 2.5-hour tour of the Big Apple with a retired NYPD officer or detective, who will not only teach you about historical scandals but also intersperse your tour with their own personal anecdotes from years perusing these streets. Explore neighborhoods once home to notorious criminals, discover how the various crime rings ruled the city in waves and find out what modern crime looks like in Manhattan.
Wander throughout NY’s Lower East Side with your small-group of 15 or less participants, seeing tenement buildings where Irish immigrants lived in subhuman conditions. Hear about the neighborhood’s most notorious area — the “Five Points” — a junction so well-known for its gang crime that author Charles Dickens personally checked it out on a trip to NYC, not believing it could live up to its reputation. As your guide will point out, it did.
Learn how during the 1900s the Italian mafia kept Little Italy in a chokehold, while extremely bloody Chinese turf wars dominated the 1970s and ‘80s.
From the city’s earliest ragtag gangs to the mafia empires of the 20th century, you’ll separate the truth from myths popularized by movies like Gangs of New York and TV shows like “The Sopranos.” Your guide will also regale you with stories about the city’s most notorious criminals, from Captain Kidd and Boss Tweed to John Gotti and Leona Helmsley.
While each neighborhood you visit is much nicer today than they were in the past the question remains: has NYC really cleaned up its act? Visit lower Manhattan — particularly Well Street and the Financial District — to get a sense of the city’s modern, white-collar crime (and learn the going rate for a get-out-of-jail-free card).
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Central New York
Meeting Time: 10:15am
Departure Time: 10:30am
2 hours 30 minutes