In addition to the original Morello gang in East Harlem and D'Aquila's own, now growing gang, also in East Harlem (but expanding into Little Italy in Manhattan's Lower East Side), there were others organizations forming.
In Brooklyn, Nicolo "Cola" Schirò established a second gang of Sicilian mafiosi from Castellammare del Golfo, west of Palermo, in Sicily.
Gotti's downfall came in 1992, when his underboss Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano decided to cooperate with the FBI.
Gravano's cooperation brought down Gotti, along with most of the top members of the Gambino family. The origins of the Gambino crime family can be traced back to the faction of newly transplanted mafiosi from Palermo, Sicily who were originally led by Ignazio Lupo.
The family was one of the five families that were founded in New York after the Castellammarese War of 1931.
For most of the next quarter-century, it was a minor player in organized crime.
Another Morello captain, Gaetano Reina, had also broken away in the Bronx, ruling that area with impunity.
Experts believe that Anastasia's underboss Carlo Gambino helped orchestrate the hit to take over the family.
Gambino partnered with Meyer Lansky to control gambling interests in Cuba.
The group's operations extend from New York and the eastern seaboard to California.
Its illicit activities include labor and construction racketeering, gambling, loansharking, extortion, money laundering, prostitution,, and fencing.