Real-life wiseguys may not be taking advantage of the global economy, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t money to be made off organized crime. Opportunities for Mafioso-related businesses continue to abound.
The daughter of the late Gambino crime family boss has published six books, written columns for the New York Post and Star magazine, and starred in the reality TV show, Growing Up Gotti, alongside her pompadoured sons.
In 2005 the cable television network sold the syndication rights to The Sopranos for $190 million. Its current Prohibition-era drama, Boardwalk Empire, was renewed after its premiere episode snagged 4.8 million viewers.
Inspired by HBO’s success, the Aughts ushered in a mob cookbook smorgasbord including, but not limited to: The Mafia Cookbook (2001), The Sopranos Family Cookbook (2002), The Wiseguy Cookbook (2002), and Cooking on the Lam (2005).
This Brooklyn–based bimonthly “entertainment magazine of mafia politics and power” was launched in 2007. The glossy was referred to as “Maxim for wiseguys” by the Staten Island Advance newspaper.
The Las Vegas Mob Experience
Last March marked the opening of the $25 million, 26,000-square-foot museum in the Tropicana Las Vegas’s Pavilion Center. Individual tickets cost $39.95.
The director of GoodFellas and Casino regularly banks off organized crime. (Five years ago, The Departed raked in $290 million at the box office.) Scorsese is currently at work on two other projects about subjects with wiseguy ties.
The New York City Mob Tour, led by Sopranos bit player John Ciarcia, costs $50. Other outings include the Vegas Mob Tour ($66.25), Chicago’s Untouchable Tours ($30), and the Mob Tours in Niagara Falls and Buffalo($29.95).