Stories from the Dark Side: Criminals, Gangs & Mafia Tour of NYC

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Location: New York
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 150.0 - minutes
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Max Group Size:
Currency: USD
Language: English
TimeZone: America/New_York
Highlights - Walk the beat with an expert-guided (many of whom are retired NYPD officers or detectives) who will take you back through the criminal past of NYC.
- Learn the turbulent histories of the gangs of New York, including notorious Irish, Italian & Chinese gangs, as you visit their home turf in the Lower East Side.
- Learn the historical ‘crimeline’ of New York, from the turf wars made famous by the movie, Gangs of New York, to the white-collar criminals of Wall Street.
- Enjoy a small group of max 20 people that will allow you to easily interact with your tour leader, asking them all the questions you want about life on the streets of NYC.
This tour, developed with the help of NYPD officers, delves into the darker side of New York history, to show you shocking truth behind the city’s organized crime rings, white-collar swindlers and modern scandals. With one of our expert guides (who occasionally include retired NYPD officers and detectives) you’ll visit traditional hotbeds of New York crime like Chinatown, the Lower East Side, and a let’s not forgotten; Wall Street. In these classic neighborhoods, you’ll learn how the city shaped and was shaped by its criminal underbelly. This is the perfect experience for anyone with an interest in true crime, storytelling or the turbulent history of America’s greatest city. 
Take to the streets of New York with a local expert guide to explore neighborhoods once home to notorious criminals, learn 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. 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 reputation. 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 choke hold, while the 1970s and 1980s were dominated by Chinese turf wars that were so bloody you’ll hardly believe the stories.

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? 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).

New York City crime tours don’t get any better than when they are developed with the help of NYPD police officers and detectives. Lifetimes of studying NYC’s criminals are synthesized into a truly unique experience that will teach you how crime is inseparable from the history of this great city. 

Commentary English: Guide
Included Guided tour of the Lower East Side & Wall Street
Expert tour guide
Excluded Hotel Pick-Up / Drop-Off
Know before you book This tour may not be suitable for young children, as subject matter may be graphic and disturbing.
Know before you go Please note that the 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.
Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
The walking portion of this tour is outdoors, rain or shine so please dress appropriately.
Additional Information
Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
Not recommended under age: 15
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Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-03-01
Product End Date 2020-10-31
Booking Cut-off 2 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 20 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Availability Notes

From To Notes
April 01, 2021 October 31, 2021 10:30 AM Departure - Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat (except: 4 Jul 2021)


Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 40.706877, -74.0112654
Address: Stock Exchange, 11 Wall St, New York City, New York, 10005, US
Notes: Arriving by Subway: Subway 6 on Wall street stop J/Z Broad street Stop 2/3 Wall Street stop
Start Location Notes Stock Exchange, 11 Wall St, New York City, New York, 10005, US
End Location Address Little Italy, New York City, New York, 10013, US
Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 40.7191962, -74.001867
Address: Little Italy, New York City, New York, 10013, US
Start Location Notes Stock Exchange, 11 Wall St, New York City, New York, 10005, US
End Location Address Little Italy, New York City, New York, 10013, US


Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 72 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.


Adult 15-99 years $59.00 Available on request


Option Name 2020 Pricing
Option Description 2020 Pricing

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