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Manhattan Mafia Guide: Hits, Homes & Headquarters Paperback – August 4, 2011
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About the Author
Eric Ferarra is the founder and executive director of the Lower East Side History project, an award-winning nonprofit research organization. He also founded the East Village Visitor Center, as well as the first museum in America dedicated to gansterism. Ferrara is a popular public speaker, sits on a number of local boards and has consulted on numerous movie and television projects. A true product of the Lower East Side melting pot, Ferrara's ancestors arrived to New York City from Sicily (1880s), Ukraine (1909), Russia (1917) and Naples (1940s.) He is a fourth-generation native New Yorker and dedicated community activist. This is his second title as an author for The History Press.
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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 This book proved to have ALOT OF PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED FACTS, LET ALONE OPINIONS on various people, events and places...it is worth the price, you'll definitely not regret reading this book.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!!!
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"...
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.
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."