Many of America’s most infamous gangsters were creatures of New York. I’ve been hearing stories about the five New York crime families of La Cosa Nostra ( Gambino, Genovese, Colombo, Bonanno, Lucchese) for as long as I can remember. It’s part of the lore of living here, as common as discussing real-estate prices.
For this project, I set out to see what has become of some of the most notorious settings for wise guy activity in the city. New York’s past has been shaped by the ebb and flow of new immigrants arriving and mixing with, then replacing, the ones who came before. Every neighborhood has layers of that history, buried beneath the newest construction project or the renamed, gentrified neighborhood.
From Sparks Steak House, to the landfill where bodies were known to be dumped, the streets of New York are steeped in mob history.
A photographer visited some of the most notorious New York Mafia sites to see how they have survived the passage of time.
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