Downtown Manhattan, also known as "Lower Manhattan", is the southernmost part of Manhattan. It is the central borough for business, culture, and government in NYC. Famous neighborhoods include but are not limited to: Chinatown, Little Italy, Lower East Side, East Village, and Greenwich Village. Downtown is where Carmen and the Genovese crime family usually conduct their 'business'.
Club 82 is a mob-owned gay bar in the East Village area of downtown Manhattan. It is a crucial landmark in the historical relationship between the Mafia and the LBTQ+ community. Club 82 is owned by Genovese crime boss, Vito Genovese. However, his 2nd wife, Anna, whom was a bisexual, ran the club in the early 50s. It became renowned its female impersonators and drag performances. Celebrities such as Judy Garland and Carmen's apartment neighbor, Greta Garbo, were known to visit the club.
Caffe Cino is an Italian coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. The owner, Joe Cino, originally intended to have the café as a venue to host folk music concerts, poetry readings, and art exhibits. Eventually theatrical performances were added to the mix, and soon the café became the movement of "Off-Off-Broadway". Carmen and Lisette are Beatnik regulars here.
Club Midnight is a Mafia-owned fetish club in the heart of Greenwich Village. It is one of the several gay/leather bars owned by Vito Genovese.
Vito agreed to have the CIA conduct their LSD mind-control experiments here. The CIA used his club as a front for their drug-fueled fetish party called the 'Midnight Climax'.
The Dirty Martini
The Dirty Martini is a bar and nightclub located in downtown Manhattan's Greenwich Village. It caters to upper-class clientele with "exotic" cabaret acts such as jazz entertainment, stand-up comedians, magicians, erotic fire performers, contortionists, showgirls, and burlesque striptease. The Dirty Martini is where Carmen does her Friday night burlesque performances. It also becomes the practice stage for her re-emerging music career.
Triangle Social Club
The Triangle Social Club is a private gentlemen's club in Greenwich Village. It is used as a front by the Genovese crime family as a place to drink and gamble with fellow mobsters, or even to plan a crime. Don Vito Genovese usually heads to the Triangle Social Club whenever he needs to conduct "business" that is too private to be heard at the other clubs he owns. Ironically, the club is anything but subtle, making it a moot point for Don Vito to get away from the cops and Feds...
Little Italy is an Italian-American neighborhood in lower Manhattan. Despite its ethnic moniker, Little Italy was only second to Italian Harlem in Italian immigrant population size. It is also one of the poorest Italian neighborhoods in the city, its situation only slightly alleviated by the ironies of organized crime. Many powerful Mafiosi have operated in Little Italy, including the fictional Corleone crime family from "The Godfather" novels and films.