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New York City Criminals, Gangs & Mafia Tour with NYPD Guide

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Spend some time on the beat with a retired NYPD officer or detective, learning the shocking truth behind New York's organized crime rings, white collar swindlers and modern scandals. Visit traditional hotbeds of crime and learn how the city shaped and was shaped by organized crime. This is the perfect experience for anyone with an interest in true crime, storytelling or the turbulent history of America's greatest city.

  • Learn the historical 'crimeline' of New York, from the immigrant gangs made famous by the movie Gangs of New York, to the white collar criminals of Wall Street
  • Walk the beat with a retired NYPD officer or detective guide who will tell you some stories from their own career too


With this Tour, you'll walk the Big Apple with a retired NYPD officer or detective, exploring neighborhoods once home to notorious criminals, learning how the city was ruled in waves by various immigrant crime rings, and finding out what modern crime looks like in the city.

On the Lower East Side, you'll see tenement buildings where Irish immigrants lived in subhuman conditions. You guide will tell you everything about the most notorious area: the "Five Points" (a junction so infamous that Charles Dickens himself came to check it out). Irish gangs weren't the only group to terrorise the Lower East Side however.

Throughout the 1900's the Italian mafia kept Little Italy in a choke hold, while the 1970's and 1980's 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 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? You'll visit lower Manhattan, in particular Wall Street and the Financial District, to learn about modern, white collar crime.

Having spent a lifetime walking these streets, chasing criminals of all creeds, these guides will teach you about incredible, historic scandals but also intersperse your tour with their own personal anecdotes and insights for a much more personal experience.

Visited sites:

  • Wall Street

  • Lower East Side

  • The old "Five Points" neighborhood

  • Chinatown

  • Little Italy


  • Expert guide

  • Donut

  • Coffee
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New York City Criminals, Gangs & Mafia Tour with NYPD Guide

Duration: 3:30 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Fri and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Expert guide / Donut / Coffee
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  • 10:15

    Check-in at Broad Street - in front of the NY Stock Exchange

  • 10:30

    Wall Street

    Discover the rampant corruption that plagued New York City for hundreds of years. Walk along Wall Street in NYC's Financial District and hear about the time when the Wolves of Wall Street brought about chaos in the city.

  • Lower East Side

    Transfer to Lower East Side and find yourself surrounded by the infamous tenement buildings where immigrant families lived in such wretched conditions. Afterwards, see Five Points which Charles Dickens visited in the 1800s for its dishonorable reputation to be the scene of NYC's notorious gangs.

  • Chinatown and Little Italy

    Arrive at Chinatown where brutal turf wars transpired four decades ago. Also, stroll to the charismatic Little Italy which have its fair share of crimes, too. In here, learn all about its notorious mafia families deemed more savage than those portrayed in the television show, The Sopranos.

  • 13:30

    Check-out at Umberto's Clam House

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  • Participants must be able to comfortably walk over pavement.

  • Tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.

  • This activity is wheelchair accessible.

  • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Weather appropriate clothing.

  • Walking shoes

  • Camera

  • Sweatshirt / light jacket

Additional Note(s)
  • While all of the guides are experts in the crime history of NYC, the activity provider cannot guarantee that all tours will have guides who were once NYPD officers.

  • This activity operates regardless of weather.

  • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.

  • The tour guide has full discretion to refuse service to customers based on attire, behavior, physical fitness and condition.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 12.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 10:30:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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