Eric Ferrara is a fourth-generation native New Yorker whose family has lived in Little Italy since the end of the nineteenth century. He is founder and director of the Lower East Side History Project, an award-winning nonprofit research organization; founder of the Museum of the American Gangster in New York City; and a consultant on several television and movie projects worldwide. This is his third title as an author for The History Press.
Manhattan Mafia Guide: Hits, Homes & Headquartersby Eric Ferrara
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During the early twentieth century, Sicilian and Southern Italian immigrants poured into New York City. Looking to escape poverty and persecution at home, they soon discovered that certain criminal enterprises followed them to America. Before any codes of honor were established in the New World, violent bosses wreaked havoc on their communities in their quest to rule the underworld. It took several decades for the Mafia to mature into a contemporary organized crime syndicate. Some names and places from both eras are still infamous today, like Frank Costello and the Copacabana, while some have remained hidden in absolute secrecy...until now. Walk in their footsteps as New York City author Eric Ferrara explores the myths and realities of one of America's most feared and fascinating subjects.
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