New York: Crime Tour with Ex-NYPD Guide
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- Walk the beat with a retired NYPD officer or detective who will guide you through the criminal past of NYC
- Discover the turbulent histories of domestic and immigrant gangs in New York, including the notorious Irish and Italian gangs
- Learn about the white collar criminals of Wall Street
On the Lower East Side, you’ll see tenement buildings where Irish immigrants lived in subhuman conditions. The most notorious area here was the ‘Five Points’ - a junction so infamous for its gang crime (rumor has it some even lived in burrows under the streets!) that Charles Dickens came to check it out himself on a trip to NYC, not believing it could live up to its status. It did, of course, as your guide will tell you.
Irish gangs weren’t the only group to terrorise the Lower East Side, however. Throughout the 1900s the Italian mafia kept Little Italy in a chokehold, while the 1970s and 1980s were dominated by Chinese turf wars so bloody, you’ll hardly believe it. From the city’s earliest rag-tag 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. You’ll also learn about the city’s most notorious criminals; from Captain Kidd and Boss Tweed, to John Gotti and Leona Helmsley.
The neighborhoods you visit are much nicer today than they were in the past, but has NYC really cleaned up its act? As part of your tour you’ll visit lower Manhattan, in particular Wall Street and the Financial District, to learn about modern, white collar crime (and the going rate for a get-out-of-jail-free card).
- Guided tour of the Lower East Side and Wall Street by a retired NYPD officer or detective
- Small groups of 15 people or fewer
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
Meeting Point until March 31, 2017: Front steps of Alexander Hamilton Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004, United States. Meeting Point Directions: Arriving by taxi: Tell the driver to stop at the intersection of Broadway and Battery. Arriving by transit: 4 or 5 trains to Bowling Green, or the 1 train to South Ferry. From April 1, 2017: Sidewalk in front of Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl St (at Broad) (Open in Google Maps)
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