Ravenite Social Club

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The Ravenite Social Club was a club at 247 Mulberry St, Nolita, Little Italy, Manhattan, New York City, once known for its large population of Italians.[1] Little Italy is now on the verge of extinction.[2]

It was frequented and used as the headquarters of the Gambino crime family in the late 1970s and 1980s.[3] It is now a shoe store.[4]

Around 1990 the Federal Bureau of Investigation was able to infiltrate the Mafia using secret electronic surveillance because Gotti used an apartment above the Ravenite Social Club. The FBI used recordings from secret Mafia meetings against Gotti. Exterior surveillance also recorded numerous union officials outside the Ravenite Social Club, helping the FBI in connecting the Boss of the Gambino crime family to the city's labor unions.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ Little Italy | Italy
  2. ^ http://nypost.com/2014/03/30/changing-times-pushing-little-italy-to-brink-of-extinction/
  3. ^ Critchley, David (2008). The origin of organized crime in America : the New York City Mafia, 1891–1931. London: Routledge. p. 156. ISBN 0-415-99030-0. 
  4. ^ Lonely Planet USA By Jeff Campbell et al. Lonely Planet, 2004 ISBN, 9781741041927
  5. ^ Lubasch, Arnold H. (June 24, 1992). "Gotti Sentenced to Life in Prison Without the Possibility of Parole". New York Times. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Raab, Selwyn (November 12, 1991). "U.S. Says Top Gotti Aide Will Testify Against Boss". New York Times. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Federal Bureau of Investigation – Quick Facts". Federal Bureau of Investigation.