- 3 hours
We'll encounter several of the city's oldest and most famous restaurants, which have housed their fair shares of family dinners and business meetings over the centuries. We'll discover the favored hangouts and haunts of the alleged mafia members – cross-referencing many documentaries and famous photographs which have been taken in this neighborhood.
The Italian-American influence on the nation's early history is critical to understand in its original context. As we stroll along Mulberry and Mott Streets, we'll be able to retrace the footsteps of several key players in the battle for immigrant's rights and fair treatment under the law. As we view the 14th Ward Industrial School, we'll consider the fight for public education as well. Together we'll also pause at the exterior of the former New York Police headquarters–where many members of the mafia have been held overnight.
Our tour concludes at the former Lupo Grocery Store – a popular social spot and market for the neighborhood –as we discuss its storied relationship with the famous Spaghetti Restaurant across the way, which belonged to Giuseppe “The Clutch Hand” Morello.
Can I learn more about the Italian Mafia before I go?
Yes, Context offer's several online learning seminars all about Italian history and culture. For additional details, click here.
Tristan is born and raised in Brooklyn and is passionate about connecting others to his native city. He holds an interdisciplinary master's degree in American studies and is interested in the evolution of cultures and identities throughout modern history. Tristan has taught ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) across Latin America and New York City for over a decade. As an educator, he believes in experiential learning and hopes to create lasting connections between people, places and history. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.
As an undergraduate student at St. Joesph's College, Ryan was able to obtain his bachelors degree in education, while minoring in history. It was during this time that his passion for history, specifically New York City history began to fully develop. Upon graduating, Ryan began working as a New York City public school teacher and completing his masters degree in history at Queens College. As a graduate student, Ryan was able to merge his passion for music with New York City history with the completion of his masters thesis, which analyzed Punk Rock and the social factors that led to its creation and development in New York City. Ryan continues to work as a social studies teacher in New York City and enjoys experiencing all things the world has to offer through travel, culture, and shared experiences with new people.
Manuela is an Italian architect, longtime New Yorker and licensed New York City tour guide. She has a Master’s Degree in Architecture specializing in interior and industrial design. She is a member of the Guide Association of New York (GANYC), one of the oldest tour guide associations in America. She is fluent in English and a native Italian speaker. Manuela has extensive experience in guided walking tours, with small groups families and kids of all ages. Her love for this amazing city shows in each segment of her tours. She looks forward to the opportunity to share her passion with clients and help them discover the history, architecture and secrets of the city around every hidden corner to create long lasting memories!
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