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Fear City : New York vs The Mafia

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Exceptionally well done. Finally a mob documentary with some serious money, production quality, and editing behind it.

Three episodes available now on Netflix.

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Some non-spoiler observations to get the thread bumped: 

- Talking in the car and social clubs is never a good idea. 
- The Colombo Family leadership were idiots. 
- I guess Chin Gigante and John Gotti’s Estates have very good attorneys? 

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Watching now. It’s well done. Man I despise the mob. Bunch of brute murderers bullying poor people. 

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The Concrete Club segments were pretty interesting. I had never heard Ralph Scopo’s name until watching this doc, and I consider myself a bit of a mafia history buff. Ingeniously simple and profitable. But again don’t talk in the car. 

I forgot Gerry Lang was one of the Colombo street bosses in the 80s. It was inexcusable to find a bug at your table in a restaurant, and then continue to talk business there. Carmine Perisco has to be the longest tenured boss in mafia history. 46 years, almost all of it from the can. 

I’ll give them credit for making a real Five Families doc that wasn’t 95% about John Gotti. 

John Alite’s tough guy/loyal solider segments were hilarious. The guy was a government witness against Junior Gotti in  a murder trial.

Fat Tony didn’t get railroaded, he was the street boss, but he was not the boss of the Genovese Family. The doc could have spent 10 minutes explaining the family’s leadership structure. 

Michael Franzese’s dad John was the real deal. Off and on Colombo underboss for years. He was active in the mob well into his late 90s. 

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