MosaicManThe Mosaic Man of NYC is finishing up his homage to gangster Lucky Luciano, on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village.

Mr. Luciano’s family lived in the area after moving to the U.S. from Italy in the early 1900’s. He was deported back to Italy in 1946, but before leaving is credited with creating organized crime in America — and being the ‘boss of bosses’ (a title he never accepted).

Today the gangsters in the neighborhood include Private Equity firms who are buying up commercial and residential properties, and charging exorbitant rents.