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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
  • Much, much more

Mafia 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

"Any trip to NYC should include a (mafia) tour"
-The Suzy Guide


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The Mafia Walking Tour is conducted by Eric Ferrara

eric_henry-hill_smallEric 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.

eric_henry-hill_smallFerrara 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 seven years of active research, makes this excursion a one-of-a-kind experience for fans and aficionados alike. MORE ABOUT ERIC HERE.

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

No Mafia Tour on 8/20

Fee: $20pp
Required, you can RSVP and pay your guide
RSVP: 347-465-7767 | contact form
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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Also available as a private tour

Private walking tours (2 hours) start at only:
$150 - One to four guests
+$20 per guest above that (6 people=$190, etc.)
Discounts available for groups of 25 or more.

More Information: 347-465-7767 | contact form

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