Press Release


LAS VEGAS (April 2016)The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces its next Author Talk featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Anthony M. DeStefano. Author of “Gangland New York – The Places and Faces of Mob History,” DeStefano’s talk will address the Mob geography of New York City, covering the true history of Mob activity and where among the five boroughs notorious activities occurred. The talk takes place in the Museum’s historic courtroom on Wednesday, May 11, beginning at 7 p.m. The event is FREE for Museum Members and FREE with the price of general Museum admission.

From the Bowery Boys and the Five Points Gang through the rise of the Jewish Mob and the ascendance of the Italian Mafia, mobsters have played a major role in New York City’s history. DeStefano will discuss each of the city’s five boroughs, tracing the criminal activities and area exploits from the 19th century through the present day. From the Bronx to Brighton Beach, from New Springville to Ozone Park, he will present a comprehensive picture of what Mob life looked like in New York.

To RSVP for the event or for more information about The Mob Museum, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit

About Anthony M. DeStefano

Anthony “Tony” DeStefano is a staff reporter covering New York City legal affairs and criminal justice for Newsday newspaper. He was part of a team of New York Newsday reporters who won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for spot news for coverage of the crash of a subway train at Union Square. Prior to joining Newsday, DeStefano was a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal and Fairchild News Service.

DeStefano has covered a wide range of legal-related subjects, specializing in organized crime, terrorism, white-collar crime and immigration.  He has appeared on the Biography Channel as an organized crime expert. He covered the trials of subway gunman Bernhard Goetz, Mob bosses John Gotti and Joseph Massino, as well as the arrest and conviction of Bernard Madoff in history’s largest Ponzi scheme.  In addition, he spent years researching and writing about human smuggling.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College (Ithaca, N.Y.), a Master of Arts from Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) and a Juris Doctor from New York Law School (New York, N.Y.) He is an attorney and member of the New York State Bar.

DeStefano’s latest book is “Gangland New York: The Places and Faces of Mob History” (Lyons Press, 2015).  He is also author of “Vinny Gorgeous: The Ugly Rise and Fall of a New York Mobster,” (Lyons Press, 2013), “The Last Godfather: Joseph Massino and the Fall of the Bonanno Crime Family,” (Citadel Press, 2006), “King of the Godfathers,” (Citadel Press, 2008) and “The War on Human Trafficking: U.S. Policy Assessed” (Rutgers University Press, 2008).  His book “Mob Killer” (Pinnacle True Crime) was published in June 2011.


The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through more than 1,000 artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $23.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit Connect on Facebook at or Twitter @TheMobMuseum.