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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.
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  • Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (August 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609493060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609493066
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Ferrara is an author, researcher, consultant, and founder of Lower East Side History Project (http://leshp.org), an award winning non-profit organization.

Ferrara -- a fourth generation native New Yorker -- also founded the East Village Visitor Center, Bowery Cultural Center and former Museum of the American Gangster.

As consultant, Ferrara has provided research for numerous movie & TV projects, including HBO's BOARDWALK EMPIRE, Warner Brothers' GREAT GATSBY, SyFy's GHOST HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL, National Geographic, History Channel, and many more.

View Eric Ferrara's full bio here: http://www.leshp.org/walking-tours/walking-tours/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=113

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 18, 2011
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Astonishing...Ferrara's work is amazing, unprecedented facts presented with back ups, great topics that should have been written about years ago, are now exposed, i.e. "social clubs"!!!
Short, sharp and well written summaries are supplied with equally amazing, if not rare, photos of certain addresses worthy of rememberance. From the early days of the Morello Family to the "Dapper Don" running things out of the Ravenite Social Club. This book takes you around the infamous "social clubs" of the underworld as well as certain night spots which Wiseguys tended to frequent...OR EVEN OWN! This book proved to have ALOT OF PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED FACTS, LET ALONE OPINIONS on various people, events and places...it is worth the price, you'll definitely not regret reading this book. GREAT ORGANIZED CRIME BOOK, AUTHENTIC/ORIGINAL WORK, WELL DONE IT'S GREAT READING FRESH MATERIAL!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Bellel on August 15, 2011
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While there is no shortage of books about the Mafia this one is unique in that it is laid out in a block by block fashion. It also gives information about individuals who are often never mentioned in books that tell about the "all-stars" like Luciano, Capone, etc. These are the guys who did the "real work" that allowed others to lead their more luxurious lives. Told in a clear, lively and informative fashion that deals with facts and not sensationalism. For another excellent source see Joe Bruno's book "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 - New York City"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Guilherme Irber on April 23, 2014
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This is a MUST HAVE for all Mafia buffs. Lots of photos, maps and great information (the author did great research on it) BUT...

But its just a "MANHATTAN" Mafia Guide. In New York City, if you tell about Mafia, you SHOULD mention things running into Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island. If you didnt mention it, your story is incomplete, period! If you understand a little bit about this subject, this book feels like "something's missing"... For instance: the book says a lot about Lefty Ruggiero (because his location was Manhattan) but almost did not mention his boss, Sonny Black Napolitano (because his location was Willyamsburg, Brooklyn). Any serious movie, TV documentarie or book about Mafia, always shows a lot of things running into Brooklyn. If you didnt mention this, its like a book with missing pages. Also, how do you talk about NYC Mafia, if you didnt mention the Bronx's Little Italy???

Mafia without all the FIVE boroughs, is like the Mafia from Godfather movie: Its nice to see, its cool, its acceptable... but is not the "real deal". Its like "Mafia guide for tourists"...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By z beebe on February 1, 2013
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I rate it 5 stars because although it is a small book, it has a lot of sufficient information. It has a lot of things that you don't just find wherever on the internet.
I like it because it has detailed information about mafiosi, mob houses, and other buildings and businesses relevant to the New York mafia.
I would recommend this anybody interested in going deeper in research about "La Cosa Nostra."
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I wanted to know more about the career of Paul Kelly who was the leader of the influential Five Points Gang.
Ferrara considerably clarified that career, showing that Kelly had retired from Five Points in 1905, then went into his brother's real estate company, and finally surfaced again at President of the International Longshoreman's Association in 1915.John Kobler got this wrong in his 1971 book. Also I verified many of the details that Ferrara supplied by going to the New York Times archives, and I found perfect agreement between what Ferrara said and what the historical record would support. That all spells sound research methods.
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