The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire tragedy — a horrible fire that swept through and engulfed the entire building, killing many women workers and their little children — brought attention to the deplorable “sweatshop” conditions endured by garment workers of the era.
One of the most important industries to New York’s economy, the whole nation for that matter, was the garment industry. It was an industry deeply infiltrated by the underworld for 80+ years. Starting with the Jewish mobs in the 1920s, this underworld “invasion” was total! All the Italian LCN Families were involved, getting a “piece” of the pie, but the Lucchese Family, as original “point men” for the mob, would always dominate — along with the Genovese — the rag trade!
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