Fear City: New York Vs The Mafia is Netflix’s three-part docu-series about how the law triumphed over the mafia who had been ruling New York in the 1980s. The story is told from the law enforcement’s perspective. It kicks off with a bang through an episode called “Five untouchable Mafia families hold the city in their grip”.
We see a body covered in blood lying on the street and a reporter stating that an abandoned railroad tunnel housed a mob grave that could bury over 60 people. You get to understand how things were during those times from the urgency in the reporter’s tone. After all, it’s a subject from which many movies were made.
Yes, the series started streaming on Netflix from July 22nd and each episode lasts around 50 minutes. There are three episodes in total.
As for the Italian mob families that prevailed in New York during the 1970s and early 1980s, they were the Gambino, Colombo, Bonanno, Lucchese, and Genovese clans, who started off as extortionists and racketeers and later on started indulging on the black market and from there, I to the city’s essential functions and businesses. Towards the latter half of the 1970s, they became “the most organised group within the US at that time in terms of criminal enterprises.”
They didn’t just control or infiltrate businesses, says Joe Cantamessa, a former FBI agent tasked to take down organized crime in New York. He stated that they were involved in everything happening in the city, and they continued doing so until the law took an approach of going directly after the family heads instead of the underlings.