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79,931.  I could hear everything, together with the hum of my hotel neon. I never felt sadder in my life.  LA is the loneliest and most brutal of American cities; New York gets godawful cold in the winter but there's a feeling of wacky comradeship somewhere in some streets. LA is a jungle.  (Los Angeles & New York)  Jack Kerouac, On the Road   

 

 

115,535.  A one square-mile section of New York City named the Five Points can be called the birthplace of the American gangster.  (Gangstas & New York)  In Search of History s2e17: The Five Points Gang, History 1997

 

115,536.  The 1840s: These tenements and slums were home to what became known as the Five Points Gang.  (Gangstas & New York)  ibid.

 

115,537.  ‘Ruins loom upon the eye.  Hideous tenements which take their name from robbery and murder.  All those is loathsome, droopy and decayed is here.’  (Gangstas & New York)  ibid.  Dickens

 

115,538.  The Plug-Uglies wore stovepipe plug hats … The Dead Rabbit gang rallied around a rabbit impaled on a stake.  (Gangstas & New York)  ibid.  

 

115,539.  What began as a gang brawl turned into a war … More than 100 people died.  (Gangstas & New York)  ibid.

 

115,540.  These social affairs were dubbed rackets by the gangs.  (Gangstas & New York)  ibid.

 

 

617.  If they turned on their television sets and saw a mushroom cloud had replaced New York City, they would see a silver lining in this cloud.  (Religion & New York & End of the World & Apocalypse)  Sam Harris, New York 2005 Society for Ethical Culture lecture

 

 

8,777.  Long Island, New York: an unknown creature washed up on the shore.  (Alien & Life & New York)  Alien Investigation, Channel 4 2012

 

 

85,243.  I love this fabulous filthy city.  (Poetry & New York)  Dylan Thomas: A Poet in New York, BBC 2014, Dylan in back of cab

 

 

91,875.  As only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you’ll live through the night.  (Twilight & New York & Night)  Dorothy Parker

 

 

10,200.  The abandoned their home city of Philadelphia and came to New York not just to live but to make the city the subject of their art ... They became known as The Ashcan School.  (Art & New York)  Andrew Graham-Dixon, Art of America 2/3, BBC 2011

 

 

10,764.  Rothko had come to New York in 1923 to wander around, bum about, and starve a bit, he later said.  He enrolled in an art class.  (Artist & New York)  Simon Schama’s Power of Art: Rothko

 

 

13,973.  Hello from the gutters of NYC which are filled with dog manure, vomit, stale wine, urine and blood.  Hello from the sewers of New York which swallow up these delicacies when they are washed away by the sweeper trucks.  (Murder & New York)  Letter to rozzers signed Son of Sam

 

 

111,123.  Among the giants of organised crime in the 1930 Lepke Backalter quietly built a fortune on the backs of an army of workers, and created the marriage between corruption and labor unions in America.  Then the Mob double-crosssed him.  (Gangstas & Mafia & Murder & New York)  Mobsters s1e3: Louis Lepke, Bio 2007

 

111,124.  He stepped out of Sing Sing just as Americans were getting used to a new word in their vocabulary – Prohibition.  (Gangstas & Mafia & Murder & New York)  ibid.  

 

111,125.  The future was not breaking heads on the picket line but in dominating the unions themselves.  (Gangstas & Mafia & Murder & New York)  ibid.

 

111,126.  His men simply came into their union headquarters with guns drawn and opened fire.  When the shooting was over, a dozen were dead, and Lepke had another union under his belt.  (Gangstas & Mafia & Murder & New York)  ibid.

 

111,127.  He planed nothing less than a murder spree to kill every witness that might testify against him.  (Gangstas & Mafia & Murder & New York)  ibid.

 

111,128.  Lepke and his associates were found guilty of murder.  (Gangstas & Mafia & Murder & New York)  ibid.

 

 

111,129.  Sammy the Bull Gravano was the Mob’s perfect killer. No questions.  No mistakes.  No guilt.  He built a construction empire in New York City and became underboss to John Gotti, the infamous dapper don.  When the Feds closed in, Gravano made a decision that would put his boss behind bars for life and decimate New York’s most important crime family.  (Gangstas & Mafia & Murder & New York)  Mobsters 1e4: Sammy the Bull Gravano, Bio 2007

 

111,130.  Gravano was 25 when Shorty ordered him to kill another crew member.  (Gangstas & Mafia & Murder & New York)  ibid.

 

111,131.  Sammy was just making his mark in a racket … construction.  (Gangstas & Mafia & Murder & New York)  ibid.

 

111,132.  He helped arrange the murder of boss big Paul Castellano in December 1985.  (Gangstas & Mafia & Murder & New York)  ibid.

 

111,133.  ‘I began to cooperate with the government in 1991.’  (Gangstas & Mafia & Murder & New York)  ibid.  testifying 

 

 

111,148.  ‘Genovese was violent; he liked to have bodies in the street.’  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  Mobsters s1e7: Genovese: Portrait of a Crime Family, Bio 2007

 

111,149.  The Genovese family is down but not out.  It continues to make millions every year through rackets ranging from labor corruption to extortion to drug trafficking.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.

 

111,151.  He had finally had enough of the Mob and stepped down as boss.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.  

 

111,152.  It didn’t take long for the drug racket to get Vito into trouble. (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.

 

111,153.  Vito Genovese died in prison of heart failure at the age of 72.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.

 

 

111,154.  He would wander the streets for hours yearning to escape the family’s poverty.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  Mobsters s1e8: Frank Costello, Bio 2007

 

111,155.  By the late 1920s bootlegging had made Frank Costello rich.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.

 

111,156.  He made his debut as a Mafia diplomat at a major gathering of gangters in Atlantic City in 1929.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid. 

 

111,157.  His business deals becoming more and more legitimate.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.

 

111,158.  ‘All I know I stole.’  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.  Costello

 

111,159.  He went to a psychiatrist.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.  

 

 

111,172.  He worked for years as a foot soldier in the New York Mafia. Then he revealed its secrets to the nation.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  Mobsters s1e9: Joseph the Rat Valachi

 

111,173.  His performance was mesmorising.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.  

 

111,174.  ‘What do I get out of it?  Nothing but misery.’  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.  Valachi  

 

111,175.  Between 1919 and 1923 the gang burglarized hundreds of New York businesses.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.   

 

 

111,183.  ‘He would walk the streets in a bath-robe; he would urinate in public.’  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  Mobsters s1e12: Vinnie the Chin Gigante

 

111,184.  Gigante might be very sane and very dangerous.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.

 

111,185.  Vito Genovese took Vinnie under his wing.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.  

 

111,186.  In 1959 prosecutors convicted the 30 year old Gigante and his mentor 62 year old Vito Genovese of heroin trafficking.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.

 

 

111,191.  For 30 years Joe Bonanno’s authority in the underworld went unchallenged … He witnessed the rise and fall of the Mob and lived to tell the tale.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  Mobsters s1e13: Joe Bonanno 

 

111,192.  Bonanno arrived in New York in 1924.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.  

 

111,193.  By the time he was 25 years old Joe Bonanno was a successful bootlegger and a rising leader in the New York underworld. (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.

 

111,194.  At the age of 26 is a Mafia boss.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.

 

111,195.  The most respected man in the Mafia.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.

 

111,196.  Joe agreed to be exiled from New York.  (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas & New York)  ibid.  

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