Ravenite Social Club

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The Ravenite Social Club was a club in Little Italy, New York City, an area once known for its large population of Italian Americans.[1]


The club was frequented and used as the headquarters of the Gambino crime family in the late 1970s and 1980s.[2] Around 1990, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was able to infiltrate the Mafia using secret electronic surveillance, because John Gotti used an apartment above the Ravenite Social Club; the FBI subsequently sent agents to install voice recorders and other wiretaps inside the apartment. The FBI then used recordings from secret Mafia meetings in that apartment 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.[3][4][5]

The club's former location, 247 Mulberry Street, is now a shoe store.[6]


  1. ^ Little Italy | Italy
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Lubasch, Arnold H. (June 24, 1992). "Gotti Sentenced to Life in Prison Without the Possibility of Parole". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Raab, Selwyn (November 12, 1991). "U.S. Says Top Gotti Aide Will Testify Against Boss". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Federal Bureau of Investigation – Quick Facts". Federal Bureau of Investigation. 
  6. ^ Campbell, Jeff (2004). Lonely Planet USA. Lonely Planet. ISBN 9781741041927.