New York is a vibrant city. You probably have heard, it never sleeps. And as Frank said again and again: "If you can make it here you can make it anywhere."

It's a concrete jungle where dreams are made. More than 8.5 million people from all over the world call the Big Apple home, and another 60 million or so visit it every year.

That happens for a good reason: no matter what you love or which are your interests – art, food, architecture, photography, shopping, sightseeing, theater, music, romance, adventure, exploration – New York is the place where you can find it all and much more.

It's a new surprise on every corner, every day. It's a dream in every heart. Just have your eyes and sensibility open. In New York you can learn a new thing every single day. In New York you can make your dream come true. So, why not give it a try?

Museum of American Gangster

It is a place that many native New Yorkers don't even know exists. And now we are bringing it to you. Step into the Museum of the American Gangster and explore artifacts, guns, smuggling tunnels and much more in this exclusive travel video.

This Mobster Museum Was Once One of New York City’s Most Notorious Speakeasies

See shell casings from Bonnie and Clyde’s final shootout and John Dillinger’s death mask in the Museum of the American Gangster’s unusual collection.

Lorcan Otway, owner and operator of the Museum of the American Gangster, was 10 years old when he used to dig out the basement of 80 St. Mark's Place. He and his father, who had bought the property from gangster Walter Sheib, were exploring the new house at that time.

In a space next to the beer cooler they found a safe. When they opened it, surprise: there was US$2 million in cash. The family kept none of the money. Sheib hauled it away in a duffel bag to launder through Eastern Europe. However, this brush with the wiseguy life kicked off Otway's obsession with lawlessness.

The entrance of the Museum at 80 St. Mark's Place, East Village, New York

The Gangster Museum deals with violent scoundrels and the cops who chased or helped them. There's the death mask of Dillinger, bullets from the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Tommy guns, scale models of rum runner speedboats and race cars. 

Get to know this museum is an interesting activity. With luck, you might get a personal tour of the rest of the building where the museum's owner has lived for decades. Downstairs is the theater his father created, and the Cuban mahogany bat that made Walter Sheib filthy rich in the 1920s. Further down are the ancient foundations of a Dutch farmhouse. 

"For people who worry that the East Village has lost its flavor, Lorcan Otway is your man," says T.M.Rives, author of the book 'Secret New York – An Unusual Guide.'


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