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11 NYC Bars and Restaurants with a Fascinating Mob History

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This bar’s fame comes from igniting the gay rights movement, but it also has close ties to the mob. Once Prohibition ended, gangs in New York needed another business outlet. Since being gay—and therefore, running a gay bar—was illegal, doing so presented the mob with a viable business opportunity. They were able to operate these places by paying off local cops and keeping raids at a minimum. Not to mention, since most gay men and women were just thankful to have a spot to mingle, the bar’s conditions were typically cheap and easy to run. The Stonewall Inn, managed by the Genovese family, was the most popular because it allowed customers to dance.

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