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11 NYC Bars and Restaurants with a Fascinating Mob History

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This cheap dive bar has some seriously rich mafia history. Back in the 1920s, it was owned by gangster Frank Hoffmann and run as a speakeasy by William Scheib. It’s also rumored to have been a favorite drinking spot of Al Capone’s when he was in the city. When Howard Otway bought the building in the 1960s, he found a safe filled with beer bottles, a headshot of an actress, and two million dollars. The story claims that Hoffmann suspected he was about to be busted and fled with all the money he could carry with him (which was 10 million dollars), but died before he could come back for the rest of his stash.

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