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Published June 5th 2011
Channel your inner gangster/mobster on the Sopranos Sites Tours. Brush up on your "bada bing, bada booms" and your "fuggedaboudit" (forget about it), put on your fedoras and suits, or your best Edie Falco running suit, and join this tour, which will take you to some of the location sites seen in the popular TV show "The Sopranos."
Where it is
You meet your tour group on 7th Avenue near 39th Street. You'll find out the exact location when you buy your purchase. Remembah, you don't want people knowing too much about your "plans" ahead of time, capische?
How to get there
Get your driver to drop you off at the tour site (if you can afford a limo or luxury car-you'll have to rent it, of course-you can start getting yourself in the proper frame of mind before you ever arrive). Or use public transportation (the subway, a bus, or a cab) or drive yourself. If you want to, you can walk. That might not be a bad idea, because you can keep an eye on any "suspicious activity" that may be occurring so you can be ready.
What to see
We're not going to spill the beans about everything you'll see; after all, we don't want to spoil your surprise. But, we will tell you this much: You'll stop at the Bada Bing, you'll get to see Barone Sanitation, Tony's legitimate business and you can visit Father Phil's Parish. That's all you need to know right now. Just show up when you're supposed to for the rest of the information you'll need for your "job". (Hey, I'm trying to get you in the proper mood here).
The tour starts in Manhattan and crosses over into New Jersey, which was where the fictional character Tony Soprano actually had his mob operation. You'll travel from midtown Manhattan to New Jersey, and then take in the different sites where location shots were made. You'll also see some of the places featured in the show.
If you see something that you think warrants a little more checking out, take note of it, then make arrangements to return at a more convenient time so you can scope the place out good and proper.
What it costs
You'll need to bankroll you and your friends $44 per person plus a $2 ticket fee (everybody's got to have their cut) for your tour which will last approximately four hours. You'll also need to plan to go on Fridays at 10:00 AM or Saturdays at 2:00 PM, because that's the only two dates and times the tours operate.
Go ahead and pay your money up front and secure your tour day and time well in advance. If you don't, you're liable to miss out on being one of "The Sopranos" for a little while. Use your computer to order online at Zerve or call 212-209-3370.