Netflix has released the trailer for Fear City: New York vs The Mafia, an upcoming docuseries looking at the long-running investigations and prosecutions against the “Five Families” that held New York in a grip in the ’70s and ’80s.
The Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Luccese families made up the various arms of the New York mafia, who were seemingly untouchable and ran their enterprise with utter ruthlessness for years. Their network of unions, high-rise construction and other industries were a house of cards, though, and the show will look at the many elements that came into play to bring it all tumbling down.
The engrossing-looking three-part docuseries is directed by Sam Hobkinson (The Vatican: Saints, The Hunt for the Boston Bombers) and comes from production companies Brillstein Entertainment and RAW, the latter also behind Netflix docuseries Don’t F*ck With Cats.
Fear City: New York vs The Mafia will be streaming on Netflix from July 22nd.
Official synopsis for Fear City: New York vs The Mafia:
Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, the “Five Families” of the New York mafia—Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Luccese—held a powerful, and seemingly insurmountable, grip on the city. In this three-part docuseries from RAW (Don’t F**K With Cats) and Brillstein Entertainment, award-winning documentarian Sam Hobkinson details the incredible story of the history-making organized crime investigation and prosecution case brought against New York’s most formidable mob bosses. Through interviews with dozens of law enforcement officials, ex-mafia associates and others, FEAR CITY: NEW YORK vs. THE MAFIA sheds light on how the mafia’s control of unions, high-rise construction and other industries netted billions for organized crime. Previously unheard surveillance recordings, news footage and archival material alongside new interviews and reenactments paint a shocking and captivating portrait of this “Golden Era of the Mob.”