Cosa Nostra News reports on traditional organized crime in America, with a focus on New York's Five Families.

I'd say working on this blog is a labor of love, and it is, but it's also a supplemental income. (So I not only love it, I actually make a little money doing it, too, emphasis on little....)

I live in Nassau county on Long Island and do a lot of writing on my laptop (or iPad) in a Starbucks near my place, in one of the "five towns." (If you ever see me, pic above, stop by and say hello.)

I created Cosa Nostra News in 2011, when I realized my professional work was no longer giving me the satisfaction that it once did. I worked as a journalist after graduating from Hofstra University. During my 15-year stint, I covered dozens of beats, including business, entertainment, retail, hotel/motel, and travel. (In the interests of full disclosure, my first job out of college was working as a managing editor for Bob Guccione at Penthouse magazine.) I'm currently an editor/writer in the corporate communications world. (The web has murdered the journalism field.)

Ed Scarpo is a pseudonym I use. 

(Because there seems to be a kind of interest in my ethnicity, guess because Scarpo is seemingly an Italian name?, I'm stating here for the record that I'm mostly German and Italian, with some Irish and French, though I've not had one of these DNA tests yet to tell me otherwise. I'm a Roman Catholic, too. And I'm not connected to organized crime in any way.) 

I'm interested in telling untold stories and "memorializing" important information about "La Cosa Nostra," as the FBI calls it.

(Currently, I'm especially interested in law enforcement sources with knowledge of the New York Mafia in the 1970s.)

Email me, please, at cosanostranews at gmail dotcom.

I protect all sources and respect all agreements of confidentiality. I conduct myself as a professional. (I'm a 15-year veteran journalist.)

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Nick Christophers occasionally contributes. His articles feature his byline.

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He and Ed met years ago via Uncle Frank, aka Frank DiMatteo, owner of Mob Candy.

Ed, his real first name, has a BA in communications from Hofstra U and studied magazine editing at Columbia J school. A lifelong New Yorker, he's spent his career in media, about 15 years as a journalist in print and digital . He's currently a corporate communications editor/writer for a large trade association.

He works on this blog as much as humanly possible.

So what is a blog anyway?

David Carr, an important chronicler of the digital domain, sadly now deceased, once mused in his New York Times column that the idea of a “little digital boutique (aka, a blog) flies in the face of all manner of conventional wisdom, chief of which is that scale is all that matters in an era of commoditized advertising sales.”

Jia Tolentino, a staff writer at The New Yorker, wrote that the economics of online publishing in 2018 "are running everyone off the map" and noted that:

"Blogs were a one-man-band situation: if you were a blog editor, as I was, you were also a blogger, and many other things besides, so you would spend your days not just writing and editing pieces but formatting and tagging them, finding art, scheduling and publishing, posting everything on social media yourself."

Notice use of past tense... were.... was.... were.....etc.

"Blogs are necessarily idiosyncratic, entirely about sensibility: they can only be run by workhorses who are creative enough to amuse themselves and distinct enough to hook an audience, and they tend to publish like-minded writers, who work more on the principle of personal obsession than pay. The result is editorial latitude to be obscure and silly and particular, but the finances are increasingly hard to sustain; media consumption is controlled these days by centralized tech platforms—Facebook, Twitter—whose algorithms favor what is viral, newsy, reactionary, easily decontextualized, and of general appeal."...


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