Stories from the Dark Side of New York City, NYPD Created Guided Crime Tour

20 Ratings
  • Live Guide
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  • E-Ticket
  • 2.5 hr

This tour, developed with the help of NYPD officers, delves into the darker side of New York history, to show you shocking truth behind the city’s organized crime rings, white collar swindlers and modern scandals. With one of our expert guides (who occasionally include retired NYPD officers and detectives) you’ll visit traditional hotbeds of New York crime like Chinatown, the Lower East Side, and a let’s not forget; Wall Street. In these classic neighborhoods you’ll learn how the city shaped and was shaped by its criminal underbelly. This is the perfect experience for anyone with an interest in true crime, storytelling or the turbulent history of America’s greatest city.

Itinerary Details

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Pass By: Trinity Church

Trinity Church

Stop At: Wall Street

The neighborhoods you visit are much more safe and peaceful today than in the past, but has NYC really cleaned up its act? As part of your tour, you’ll visit Lower Manhattan—in particular Wall Street and the Financial District—to learn about modern, white- collar crime (and the going rate for a get-out-of-jail-free card).

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Little Italy

Irish gangs weren’t the only group to terrorise the Lower East Side however. Throughout the 1900s, the Italian Mafia kept the Little Italy district in a chokehold.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Lower East Side

While exploring the Lower East Side, you’ll see tenement buildings where Irish immigrants lived in subhuman conditions. The most notorious area here was the "Five Points"—a junction so infamous for its gang crime (rumor has it some even lived in burrows under the streets!) that Charles Dickens came to check it out for himself on a trip to NYC, not believing it could live up to its reputation. It did, of course, as your guide will tell you.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Chinatown

During the 1970s and 1980s, this area was dominated by Chinese turf wars that were so bloody you’ll hardly believe the stories.

Duration: 20 minutes
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