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Manhattan Mafia Memories
It’s always fun to spice up your New York tour with a few famous names—from time to time I toss in names & places that have to do with famous Mafia references, although so many of these names are dead and the places have completely changed so that a lot of imagination is necessary on the part of the guide and the tourist. Some Mafia references are scattered all over to the far corners of The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, New Jersey, but there are still a few favorites in Manhattan. Some people even advertise a "mafia" tour of New York, but other than a few midtown and Little Italy spots, much of the standard "mafia" tour is in the boroughs and the 'burbs and let's face it, most tourists don't have more than a short attention span (3-4 hours tops) so we're relegated to the most popular Manhattan spots for murder and mayhem. Sparks’ Steakhouse is still there on East 46th St. where in 1985 Paul Castellano was gunned down near S…