Explore New York's Dark Side
Starting in Lower Manhattan, you’ll learn of political intrigue and corruption in New York City stretching back hundreds of years. You'll also hear stories about power and money on Wall Street; whether trying to overthrow the US Government or literally getting away with murder.
Salaries drop and life becomes a little more rough as you move towards the Lower East Side. Here you’ll see the infamous tenement buildings where immigrant families lived in cramped conditions. Five Points was a particularly notorious spot, so infamous in the 1800s that Charles Dickens came to have look for himself, not believing it could be as bad as all that (it was, as your guide will tell you). Learn how true to life the movie Gangs of New York really was and whether Irish gangs really lived in burrows under the streets here.
Of course it wasn’t only Irish gangs that terrorized the streets of NYC in the last few centuries. Stroll through Chinatown to learn about violent turf wars fought here during the 1970s and 1980s. Little Italy has had its fair share of crime too, with infamous mafia families operating out of its coffee shops and restaurants all through the 20th century. But was it really as dramatic as The Sopranos would have you believe? Your NYPD guide has the inside scoop.
New York City crime tours don’t get any better than when they are lead by retired NYPD police officers and detectives. Having spent a lifetime walking these streets chasing criminals,your guide will tell you about incredible, historic scandals but also their own personal anecdotes, ensuring you much more personal experience.