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Empire Bay
Empire bay
Type City
Location United States
Inhabitants Americans, Italians, Chinese, Irish
Population 7,000,000+
Appearance(s) Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven (Epilogue)
Mafia II
Map of Empire Bay

Texture of Empire Bay Map (incorrect aspect ratio).

Mafia II map - using it ingame (italian)

Using the map ingame (Italian). The info list says: Mission, Jobs, Home, Phone Both, Player Marker, Workshop, Gas Station, Clothing, Bar, Food and Drinks, Armory, Harry (illegal weapons), Giuseppe (fake IDs, illegal weapons and tools for safe cracking), Bruski (scrap yard/gets rid of the evidence) and Derek Papalardo

Empire Bay is a fictional city on the East Coast of the United States of America, based on a combination of New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Detroit with elements from other US cities during the '40s and '50s, that serves as the setting for Mafia II. It features a completely open-ended map of about 4 square miles. The city also features sights based on famous landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building. Some of the key locations found in Empire Bay are:

See: Mafia II: Map Locations of Empire Bay


Empire Bay was first founded in the year of 1547 by the Italian explorer Giulio Contadino and named Porto Romano after the founder's home town of Rome. Empire Bay served as a simple trading post on the mouth of the Culver River until the start of the 17th century when it came under Dutch rule. Under the rule of the Dutch, the city rapidly grew to be a major colonist metropolis on the East Coast of the Colonies. It would remain under Dutch rule until 1694 when the British came to be the ruler of Empire Bay. The British governor Sir John Stanmore whom began his rule in 1694 was also the one who named the city Empire Bay.

Stanmore would govern Empire Bay until 1734 before his resignation. It would remain under British rule until after the American Revolutionary War during which the British used the city as a place to keep American Prisoners of War. Throughout the 19th century, during the immigration booms, many of the city's districts were formed around the waves of immigration. Examples are Kingston, built around the Irish immigration wave or Chinatown after the large Chinese immigration boom.

It was during the 19th century and the start of the 20th century that the city really grew to be a modern, American big city with the construction of the Culver Dam and the famous Empire Arms Hotel, which would burn to the ground in 1942 before it was rebuilt. The rebuilding process was completed sometime between 1945 and 1950.

Today, it is a thriving and economically powerful metropolis among the larger cities of America.


Empire Bay is an ethnically diverse city with sizable Italian, Irish, Chinese and Black populations - due to immigration and, in the case of the blacks, the Great Migration from the Southern United States to Northern industrial cities. Estimates would place the racial division at ~70% White, ~15% Black, ~10% Asian and ~5% Other. White inhabitants whom are neither Irish nor Italian can be presumed to be of English or German descent, meaning that there are also probably sizable German-American and English-American populations.


Main article: Businesses in Empire Bay.
Many nationwide corporations are headquartered in the city, such as Swift Cola and Big Break Tobacco. In the city, a wide variety of businesses can be found - such as clothing stores and real estate agencies.

Geographical Information

The city is surrounded by countryside, and the map is open ended, with an area of about 4 square miles. The city is surrounded by mountains and hills, much like Upstate New York.


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Neighborhoods delimitations (in red) and the locations of a couple of neighborhoods.

There are 20 neighborhoods in Empire Bay. On the in-game map they are outlined by a black dashed line.


Relatively few street names of Empire Bay are known, but those known are as follows:

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Law and Order

Laws, such as traffic laws and street laws, are strictly enforced, but the police interaction are toned down compared to the police in Lost Heaven. The Empire Bay Police Department are the law and order in the city.



There are three different radio stations in Empire Bay: Empire Central Radio, Empire Classic Radio, and Delta Radio. Each Radio station plays different songs in the different time periods the game takes play in. The 1940's and the 1950's.

During the 1940's, Empire Central Radio plays popular pop and Doo wop hits. During the 1950's, Empire Central Radio adopted the new poppy Rock and Roll sound with the Disk Jockey making many rebellious and youthful like comments between songs.

Empire Classic Radio during the 1940's plays more big band oriented songs of the time. However during the 1950's, the notable anti rock and roll, playing classic tunes or older songs to combat this. They notably broadcast more serious news of the three stations.

The last station, Delta Radio, mostly plays Blues, jazz, and soft-rhythm music during the 1940's, made by black artist. During the 1950's however, they play, soul, salsa, and rock music again by black artist. The programming host is named Sammy Stevens.

Empire Bay is also served by five broadsheet newspapers:

  • Empire Bay Tribune
  • Empire Times
  • Empire List
  • Bay Herald
  • Empire Bay News


Empire Bay's underworld is mostly comprised of three mafia families. In 1931, the Vinci-Moretti War started for control of the city's underworld. The families are as followed:

There is also another family featured in Jimmy's Vendetta.

Empire Bay


Other than the "Three Families," there are smaller, less-powerful gangs that are involved in the city's underworld. They are as followed:

Prison gangs

Notable Residents


Empire Bay's public transport is run by Empire Bay Transport Lines. The city has a rail line, which is predominately based upon the New York Central RR, as screenshots have shown trains in the company's livery, as well as company loco types. The railway line is also linked to a large dock/industrial complex. However, Vito is not able to use the rail lines. There are buses serving the city as well.


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  • The city has seven million inhabitants.
  • If the player kills a shopkeeper, upon returning to the store there will be crime scene tape across the doors.
  • If the player attacks a shopkeeper but does not kill him, upon returning two police officers will be questioning the shopkeeper.


  • View of Oyster Bay and Midtown
  • The Logo of the Empire Central Radio Station
  • Empire Bay's Largest Newspaper
  • One of the City's Many Diners
  • Diner in Sand Island
  • Business Quarters in Midtown
  • The Empire Arms Hotel
  • The Largest Hotel in the City
  • Empire Arms Entrance
  • View of West Side
  • The EBPD's Headquarters
  • The City's Police Force
  • EBPD
  • Empire Bay News Front Page
  • The Empire Bay Forge in Millville
  • The City's Railways
  • View of Midtown
  • Skyscraper in Construction

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