Dear Martin Scorsese,
Can we call you Marty? Do we have a plot for you! You love New York and gangsters, right? What about the true story of New York City's first mob boss?
It all started with a bunch of unassuming shops that bought and re-sold scavenged items. Those shops became fronts for stolen goods, and with the boss's solid reputation as a fair trader, blossomed into a large criminal operation.
As NYC grew in the 19th century (so this puts you right between "Gangs of New York" and "Age of Innocence", Marty), the boss had a hand in everything, financing thieves, burglars, pickpockets, blackmailers and con men, overseeing some of the biggest robberies in city's history. There was even a school for young criminals! A top law firm protecting the operation! Politicians, police, and judges on the payroll! All while becoming the prominent hostess of New York high society.
Yes, you read that right, Marty, hostess. That mob boss was Fredericka "Marm" Mandelbaumn, a rather zaftig Jewish woman! We'll leave the casting to you...