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The Five Families are the major crime families of the Italian-American Mafia based in New York City which have dominated traditional organized crime in New York. The Five Families, under the suggestion of Salvatore Maranzano, were responsible for the establishment of The Commission, a council which demarcated territory between the previously warring factions and governs Cosa Nostra activities in the United States. A crime family is a term used to describe a unit of an organized crime syndicate, often operating within a specific geographic territory. ... The Mafia (also referred to as Cosa Nostra or the Mob), is a criminal secret society which first developed in the mid-19th century in Sicily. ... Nickname: Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1625 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area  - City  468. ... Salvatore Maranzano (1868-1931) Salvatore Maranzano (1868-September 10, 1931) was an organized crime figure from the town of Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, and an early Mafia boss in the United States. ... The Commission is the governing body of the mafia in the United States. ... Charles Lucky Luciano, one of the most famous American bosses (La) Cosa Nostra (our thing or this thing of ours in Italian) is a worldwide alliance of criminals, linked through both familial and conspiratorial ties, that is dedicated to pursuing crime and protecting its members. ...



The five families are:

Some of the families may be known by alternative names. For example, the Colombo family is sometimes called the Profaci family (after Joe Profaci, its long-time boss). The Bonanno family is one of five mafia families said to be in control of organized crime in New York City. ... The Colombo crime family is one of the Five Families that controls organized crime activities in New York City, USA, within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as the Mafia (or Cosa Nostra). ... The Genovese Crime Family is one of the Five Families that controls organized crime activities in New York City, USA, within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as the Mafia (or Cosa Nostra). ... John Gotti, The Dapper Don The Gambino Crime Family is one of the Five Families that controls organized crime activities based in New York City, United States, within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as the Mafia (or La Cosa Nostra). ... The Lucchese crime family is one of the Five Families that controls organized crime activities in New York City, USA, within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as the Mafia (or Cosa Nostra). ... Joe Profaci (October 2, 1897–June 7, 1962) was a New York Mafia boss who was the founder and head of the Profaci crime family, known today as the Colombo crime family, for over three decades. ...


In pop culture

In the 1972 mafia-centered movie The Godfather, five crime families dominate the Cosa Nostra of New York, but the families have different names from their real life counterparts above. The Corleones, from their compound on Long Island, go to war with the Five Families, including the Tattaglias, the Barzinis, the Cuneos and the Straccis. The Godfather is an Academy Award-winning 1972 crime film based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with screenplay by Puzo and Coppola. ... Charles Lucky Luciano, one of the most famous American bosses (La) Cosa Nostra (our thing or this thing of ours in Italian) is a worldwide alliance of criminals, linked through both familial and conspiratorial ties, that is dedicated to pursuing crime and protecting its members. ... The Corleone family is a fictional Mafia family of Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... The Tattaglia Crime Family is one of the fictional Five Familes in the Godfather Movies and Books. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Five Families. ... Don Ottilio Cuneo is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather. ... Don Anthony Stracci (1894-1955) (Black Tony) is a fictional character appearing in the film The Godfather. ...


In the HBO series The Sopranos, the DiMeo Crime Family of New Jersey have close business connections with the Lupertazzi Crime Family of Brooklyn, one of the five families in New York. Due to its large size, the Lupertazzi crime family likely represents either the Gambino or Genovese crime families. HBO (Home Box Office) is an American premium cable television network. ... This article is about the TV series. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Outside the United States

The Canadian media have nicknamed Montreal's Italian mafia as "the Sixth Family". Historically tied to the NYC Bonanno family, it has been led by the Cotroni (brothers Vic and Frank, whose father Nick was from Calabria) and later by the Rizzutos (father and son Nick and Vito, whose origins go back to Sicily). Together with the Irish West End Gang, and the French-Canadian Hells Angels in East End Montreal, they form the Montreal Consortium, which controls drug traffic in Eastern Canada and from there into the United States. The Bonanno crime family is one of the Five Families that controls organized crime activities in New York City, USA, within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as the Mafia (or Cosa Nostra). ... View in Calabria. ... Vito Rizzuto, known as Montreals Teflon Don, is alleged to be the leading mafia boss in Canada. ... Sicily (Sicilia in Italian and Sicilian) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,708 km² (9,926 sq. ... The West End Gang is one of Canadas most influential criminal groups. ... Hells Angels New York City For other uses of Hells Angels see Hells Angels (disambiguation) The Hells Angels is a club formed in 1948 in Fontana, California, where the local chapter remains active. ...


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Five Families - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (273 words)
The Five Families are the major crime families of the Italian-American Mafia based in New York City which have dominated traditional organized crime in New York.
The Five Families, under the suggestion of Salvatore Maranzano, were responsible for the establishment of The Commission, a council which demarcated territory between the previously warring factions and governs Cosa Nostra activities in the United States.
For example, the Colombo family is sometimes called the Profaci family (after Joe Profaci, its long-time boss).
Five regent houses - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (264 words)
Sekke, the Five regent houses (五摂家; go-seike or go-sekke) is a collective term for those five families of Fujiwara clan, who were regarded entitled to the position of Sekkan in Imperial Court of Kyoto, Japan, and monopolized the position between 12th and 19th century.
The five houses (or families) are Konoe, Takatsukasa, Kujo, Ichijo (一条家; -ke) and Nijo (二条家; -ke).
Thus, with the exception of Tokugawa Masako, wife of the Emperor Mizunoo, all Empresses of that long period were of the clans that formed the Sekke or from branches of the imperial family itself.
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