Greenwich Village Crew

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Greenwich Village Crew
Founded by Vito Genovese [1]
Founding location United States New York City
Years active 1920s-present
Territory Greenwich Village and other various neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan, The Bronx, and Yonkers
Ethnicity Italian, Italian-American made men and other ethnicities as "associates"
Membership (est.) 30
Criminal activities Racketeering, Bookmaking, loansharking, extortion, gambling, conspiracy and Labour Racketeering
Allies Gambino, Lucchese, Bonanno and Colombo crime families.
Rivals Various gangs.

The Greenwich Village Crew is a crew within the Genovese crime family, active in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan. It was originally controlled by Don Vito Genovese from the early 1920s until his arrest in the late 1950s.[1][2] In the early 1980s Capo Vincent Gigante, was made the new boss of the Genovese crime family. He continued to operate from and with the Greenwich Village Crew members.[3] Today the crew is still active, but after the death of Dominick Canterino, it is uncertain who is controlling the crew.

Locations and activities

The crew controlled many of the organized crime activities throughout downtown Manhattan, and some of the rackets included labor racketeering, gambling, loan sharking, hijackings, and extortion of businesses. The main hangout for Gigante and his crew was based out of the Triangle Social Club, located at 208 Sullivan Street.[4]

Historical leadership

Capos of the Greenwich Village Crew

Former and current members

References

  1. ^ a b c d Fred J. Cook. The secret rulers: criminal syndicates and how they control the U.S. underworld. Duell, Sloan & Pearce. 1966.
  2. ^ G. T. Harrell. For Members Only: The Story of the Mob's Secret Judge. "The Attempted hit on Costello". 2009 (pg.293-296)[1]
  3. ^ a b Raab, Selwyn. The Five Families: The Rise, Decline & Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empire. New York: St. Martins Press, 2005. (pg.536-538) [2]
  4. ^ Selwyn Raab. Strange Old Man on Sullivan St.: New Mob Power. February 3, 1988 (The New York Times) [3]
  5. ^ "Gangrule McClellan Chart 1963"
  6. ^ G. T. Harrell. For Members Only: The Story of the Mob's Secret Judge. "Vincent 'The Chin' Gigante". 2009 (pg.282-286)
  7. ^ James Feron. 5 Are Indicted As Participants in Rackets Ring.June 13, 1989. The New York Times. [4]
  8. ^ Selwyn Raab. Suspected New York Mob Leaders are indicted in Contract Rigging. May 31, 1990. The New York Times. [5]
  9. ^ WMOB The Wiretap network. The Frank & Fritzy Show. http://www.wmob.com/cast.html
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