Fear City: New York vs the Mafia

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If you like ESPN 30 For 30-style sports doc­u­men­taries, and you en­joy a good true-crime story, then you’ll prob­a­bly love Net­flix’s three­part doc­u­men­tary se­ries Fear City. It has the rhythms of a sports doc­u­men­tary, but in­stead of the New York Knicks v the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Fi­nals, it’s New York City’s big five Mafia fam­i­lies against the po­lice depart­ment in an epic strug­gle for power in the 1970s and 80s. Like a sports doc­u­men­tary, each side has larger-thanlife char­ac­ters (one of the main Mafia guys is in­ter­viewed while get­ting a hair­cut) and it’s full of au­da­cious, un­der­handed tac­tics. But like a true-crime doc­u­men­tary, there’s also a pretty mas­sive body count to be reck­oned with.

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