New York's Five Families
The Five Families of New York City organized crime include the Genovese Crime Family, the Gambino Crime Family, the Bonnano Crime Family, the Colombo Family, and the Lucchese Crime Family. The DeCavalcante Family of New Jersey, although a small borgata, is also included under this Five Families umbrella.
The bosses of these six crime families as well as other mob bosses throughout the country were part of what is known as The Commission. The Commission” as we know it - a blended underworld of all Italian factions from mainland Italy as well as Sicily — came into existence in 1931.
Changing the rules to absorb other purebred Italians of Calabrian, Neapolitan, and other mainland Italians into their ranks, the Families were now one cohesive monolithic brotherhood, renamed — “Cosa Nostra” or “Our Thing”.
Here you'll find in-depth biographies and stories about well-known and little-known members and associates of all Five Families of New York City as well as the DeCavalcantes of New Jersey.