First things first: I have never seen a single episode of the Sopranos. Mob movies are not my bag. In fact, for a long time I went out of my way to avoid them. Guns and dudes and crime, blech. But, I think part of the reason it never interested me is because I never fully understood just how true much of it is.
Second things second: I sound like a moron in this video. I wish I had said less, but I wanted to keep him talking. I sound fresh off the tractor. This information may be common knowledge for lifelong New Yorkers or New Jerseyans, but it shocked the shit out of me.
Without further ado, this is a video I taped in a cab last night with a driver who has been living in NYC for 28 years. There is nothing to see; it's the audio that is interesting. In the 6 minute clip he talks to me about the mafia stronghold that still exists in the city. Fascinating stuff to someone virtually ignorant about organized crime.