Cities of the Underworld

Season 2 Episode 9

New York: Secret Societies

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 31, 2008 on The History Channel

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  • Trivia

    • In 1626 a Dutchman bought the island of Manhattan from Native Americas for $24. Today it would cost more than $8 billion.

    • New York City has 722 miles of subway tracks, over 6,374 miles of streets and 6,400 miles of sidewalks.

    • Gennaro Lombardi opened the first U.S. pizzeria in 1890 in New York. Today Americans consume nearly 350 slices per second.

  • Quotes

    • Don Wildman: New York, with 8.2 million people it's America's most populous city, known for its famous skyline but its towering landmarks only hide the dark world below. An underworld built by mobsters, bootleggers and secret societies. From a midtown speakeasy that defied the feds, fought the mob and served New York's most famous clientele to a massive labyrinth beneath the streets chiseled out by and elusive brotherhood, with one of the deadliest jobs on the planet to the oldest subway tunnel in the world, a tunnel hiding an assassin's diary and the secret world of the Freemasons. There's even a seedy underground of an ancient Chinese gang.

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