Greenwich Village Crew

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Greenwich Village Crew
Founded byVito Genovese [1]
Founding locationUnited States New York City
Years active1920s-present
TerritoryGreenwich Village and other various neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan, The Bronx, and Yonkers
EthnicityItalian, Italian-American made men and other ethnicities as "associates"
Membership (est.)30
Criminal activitiesRacketeering, Bookmaking, loansharking, extortion, gambling, conspiracy and Labour Racketeering
AlliesGambino, Lucchese, Bonanno and Colombo crime families.
RivalsVarious gangs.

The Greenwich Village Crew is a crew within the Genovese crime family, active in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan. It was originally controlled by Don Vito Genovese from the early 1920s until his arrest in the late 1950s.[1][2] In the early 1980s Capo Vincent Gigante, was made the new boss of the Genovese crime family. He continued to operate from and with the Greenwich Village Crew members.[3] Today the crew is still active, but after the death of Dominick Canterino, it is uncertain who is controlling the crew.

Locations and activities[edit]

The crew controlled many of the organized crime activities throughout downtown Manhattan, and some of the rackets included labor racketeering, gambling, loan sharking, hijackings, and extortion of businesses. The main hangout for Gigante and his crew was the Triangle Social Club, located at 208 Sullivan Street.[4]

Historical leadership[edit]

Capos of the Greenwich Village Crew[edit]

Former and current members[edit]


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  2. ^ G. T. Harrell. For Members Only: The Story of the Mob's Secret Judge. "The Attempted hit on Costello". 2009 (pg.293-296)[1]
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  4. ^ Selwyn Raab. Strange Old Man on Sullivan St.: New Mob Power. February 3, 1988 (The New York Times) [3]
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