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Mafia Walking Tour

mafia walking tourThis popular and exciting walking tour through the East Village and Little Italy explores the former social clubs, homes and haunts of some of the most influential 20th century mobsters, while uncovering the truth behind many Mafia legends.

We also discuss the Italian immigrant experience and the social, political and economical conditions which allowed organized gangsterism to thrive in the slums of New York City by the turn of the century.

Discussed on the Mafia tour:

  • The seeds of Cosa Nostra in Sicily
  • Italian immigration
  • The roots of the Mafia in America
  • Origins of the "Five Families"
  • The mob's role during Prohibition
  • Nationalization of organized crime
  • The truth about Hollywood mob movies


Visited on the Mafia tour:

  • Former mafia social clubs
  • Former homes and businesses of influential mobsters
  • Sites of notorious mob hits
  • Former Sicilian and Neapolitan districts of Little Italy
  • Inside a famous former speakeasy
  • "Black Hand Block"
  • "Curb Exchange," an open air alcholol market during Prohibition
  • Ravenite Social Club
  • Little Italy restaurant district
  • Movie locations where Godfather, Sopranos, Mean Streets, Donnie Brasco and more were filmed
  • Much, much more


The Mafia Walking Tour is conducted by Eric Ferrara

Eric FerraraEric Ferrara is founder of the Lower East Side History Project, a published author and fourth-generation, native New Yorker whose family goes back four generations in Little Italy. He has consulted several movie & tv projects including History Channel, HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Warner Brothers' new Great Gatsby. His books include Manhattan Mafia Guide.

Ferrara has consulted several law enforcement agencies and crime victims as well as families and estates of many of the Mafia figures discussed on the tour. These unique first-hand accounts, combined with 130 years of community insight and over a decade of active research, makes this excursion a one-of-a-kind experience for fans and aficionados alike. MORE ABOUT ERIC HERE.


Eric Ferrara with Meyer Lansky II and Phil Genovese
Eric Ferrara w/ Meyer Lansky II and Phil Genovese
(Grandsons of Meyer Lansky and Vito Genovese)


Eric Ferrara with the cast of "Making of the Mob"
Eric Ferrara with the cast of AMC's "Making of the Mob: New York"


 Eric Ferrara with Meyer Lansky's nieces at Sparks Steakhouse
Eric Ferrara with the nieces of Meyer Lansky at Sparks Steakhouse


Eric Ferrara with Baz Luhrmann
Eric Ferrara with Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann


Eric Ferrara at Great Gatsby premiere
Eric Ferrara with Seth Abrams at Great Gatsby premiere


Eric Ferrara with Henry Hill
Eric Ferrara with real "Goodfella" Henry Hill

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Saturdays & Wednesdays
12:00pm - 1:30pm

buy Mafia Tour tickets at zerve

Fee: $25pp
Reservations: Required. You can pay in advance at Zerve or contact us to RSVP and pay in cash on the day of the tour.
Length: 1.5 to 2 hours
Tour meets:
80 2nd Avenue (btwn E.4th and E.5th St)
Meet outside of the "Cacio e Vino" restaurant

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Mafia Walking Tour Reviews:

Mafia Walking Tour Press:

"Must do."

"You'll be amazed."

"Nothing will get you closer to the real thing."
-NY Newsday

"Follow in their footsteps, literally."
-Staten Island Advance


Also available as a private tour
Private walking tours start at only $125 per hour for up to four guests. More Info: 347-465-7767, contact form


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