Gotham unbound : how New York City was liberated from the grip of organized crime

Jacobs, James B

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  • Creator James B. Jacobs with Coleen Friel and Robert Radick
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication New York : New York University Press, [1999] ©1999
  • Physical Details
    • x, 329 pages : maps ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780814742464, 0814742467
  • OCLC ocm41184958


  • "Gotham Unbound demonstrates the remarkable range of Cosa Nostra's activities and influence and convincingly argues that twentieth-century organized crime has been no minor annoyance at the periphery of society but a major force in the core economy, acting as a power broker, even as an alternative government in many sectors of the urban economy." "James B. Jacobs presents the first comprehensive account of the ways in which the Cosa Nostra infiltrated key sectors of New York City's legitimate economic life and how this involvement came over the years to be accepted as inevitable, in some cases even beneficial. The first half of Gotham Unbound is devoted to the ways organized crime became entrenched in six economic sectors and institutions of the city - the garment district, Fulton Fish Market, freight at JFK Airport, construction, the Jacob Javits Convention Center, and the waste-hauling industry. The second half compellingly documents the campaign to purge the mob from unions, industries, and economic sectors, focusing on the unrelenting law enforcement efforts and the central role of Rudolph Giuliani's mayoral administration in devising innovative regulatory strategies to combat the mob."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-314) and index.


  • 1. An Introduction to the Place and the Players -- I. The "Mobbing-Up" of New York City. 2. A Cosa Nostra Outfit: Seven Decades of Mob Rule in the Garment District. 3. Fishy Business: The Mafia and the Fulton Fish Market. 4. The Taking of John F. Kennedy Airport. 5. Exhibiting Corruption: The Javits Convention Center. 6. Carting Away a Fortune: Cosa Nostra and the Waste-Hauling Industry. 7. Building a Cosa Nostra Fiefdom: The Construction Industry. 8. Conclusion to Part I -- II. The Liberation of New York City. 9. Liberating the Garment District. 10. Freeing the Fulton Fish Market. 11. Purging the Mob from John F. Kennedy Airport. 12. Ridding the Javits Convention Center of Organized Crime. 13. Defeating Cosa Nostra in the Waste-Hauling Industry. 14. Cleansing the Construction Industry. 15. Conclusion to Part II
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