Murder Of ‘Franky Boy’ Cali Highlights Storied History Between La Cosa Nostra & New York City

Mar 15, 2019 256

The murder of Frank Cali is the first assassination of a Gambino crime boss since “Big Paul” Castellano was gunned down outside Sparks Steakhouse in 1985. The pair of sensational shootings highlight a storied history between the mob and New York City.

The American mafia has long been glorified in movies and pop culture, but in the Big Apple the mob’s Five Families helped shaped the city while casting a shadow over it like a Manhattan skyscraper. Organized crime firmly established its New York roots in the 1920s during prohibition, when Italian families were aggressively waging war over territories and absolute control over their lucrative bootlegging operations.

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