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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Historic tour traces steps of mobsters from Little Italy to Williamsburg


Find out about the 1928 murder of gambler Arnold Rothstein and other mobsters in a special historic mob tour that starts in Little Italy and ends in Brooklyn.
Find out about the 1928 murder of gambler Arnold Rothstein and other mobsters in a special historic mob tour that starts in Little Italy and ends in Brooklyn.
 
If hunting Easter eggs is too tame, try this: Gangland games and a scavenger hunt, complete with bad boy reenactments.
NYC Mob Tour has created an evening of Cosa Nostra fun scheduled for tomorrow that will let participants go back to a grittier time when New York was run by the Mob.
The tour will include looking for "something very precious that belonged to notorious East Side Jewish thug Monk Eastman, a quiz hosted by the brilliant accountant to the mob syndicate Meyer Lansky, a dice game with the most notorious gambler in American history, Arnold Rothstein, and a bootleg liquor run with the wildly unpredictable ladies man Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegel," said the tour creator and leader, Gideon Levy.
There is room for 40 wanna-be wiseguys, divided into four teams, who will vie for door prizes and keepsakes while traveling by foot around the city.
The fun starts in Little Italy at 5 p.m., and ends up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It'll cost $15 in advance or $20 in person to participate.
"History tours are all about looking back on something that has already happened and gone," Levy said. "This is even better - bringing the history back to life, and feeling like you are part of a more wild and dangerous time in New York's history."
Levy, 29, has a wealth of Mafia information to share. He has been infatuated with gangland history and heritage since he was a child.
"It all started when I was 13 years old, when I tried on my first suit," he said. "I just looked like a tough guy in it and I wanted to shake some people down. So I started getting into gangster movies and gangster culture."
The company also offers walking and bus/walking tours every Saturday and Sunday. Learn more at nycmobtour.com.


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