Read the book and see the movie to get into character and gather the necessary clothes and accessories for October 31st. As you can see, by this photo above, the first thing is the aviator sunglasses.
The book is very readable. The undercover strategy of gathering information was in its beginnings. Mr. Pistone's work laid down practices to maximize court persecutions and FBI mistakes. The agent never became unsnarled in operations with guns.
When the operation ended Pistone concluded the daily life of a Mafia member was mind numbing and repetitious. Day after day talk was about the next job for swag or the next scheme for making money. Every little guy would give portions of his earnings to the guy above. A version of a tax system. This system allowed for getting Whacked.
The two guys Donnie became closest to never submitted the Tax Return. Prison sentences for years at a time became part of the job. Your guys still payed your wife earnings even as you sat in jail. The wiseguy position guaranteed till the release date.
The biggest offense was allowing in members that did not play by all the codes of conduit. All the members may not be forth coming about how much should be the bosses cut, but do not come up too short either. Do not step into another family's territory or into a scheme of bilking money already setup by another family.
The Mob families dealt in whole semi trailers of merchandise. Sometimes the occasional few boxes of cocoa, would need hours of attention for unloading, curiosity of a shipping clerk at the biggest ice cream factory in the nation.
Permissions for face to face meetings would take weeks of other associates politely asking underlings and then slowly by word going up the chain to the man of most importance. All introductions happened with the formal, "This is my friend Donnie". The little guy would sit at a restaurant booth by himself until motioned over to the big guy's table.
The meaning of restaurateur is different in the Mob's world. The lounge or restaurant was the "business office". No one crosses the door until an okay is whispered with the cheek to cheek kiss. The back log of permission caused all the hanging around on sidewalks. The biggest meetings also caused sidewalk hangouts for boss protection. The hanging around perfect opportunity for FBI photographers.