NYC in Film

Finding movie locations in the Big Apple.

Missing Locations

Here are some new and some old missing locations. I will do my best to keep this page updated, putting any new entries on the top.

In each entry I’ve included a key frame from the film (don’t forget you can CLICK TO ENLARGE) as well as a link to a movie clip (in bolded red).

 

 

The World the Flesh and the Devil (1959)

This church sequence is weird. I think exterior is fake but it could be real, or half-real as they seemed to do some photographic trickery. For example, it might be a real location with a matte painting, but most likely a set with a matte painting. There’s a better chance that the inside of the church is real, but again, might be enhanced with a matte painting.

As to the lions. I think all of the shots are composites. I don’t think any of the sculptures were actually at the street location shown. We’ve figured out all the street locations, but still missing info on a couple of the statues (pictured above). It’s not essential to figure them out, but it would be a nice bonus

So the first lion shot is on Park Avenue just north of 38th Street and looking south. The sculpture is a replica of Antonio Canova’s “Sleeping Lion” at the tomb of Pope Clement XIII at St Peter’s in Rome.

The second lion shot is around 237 5th Avenue, looking north, but I haven’t identified the sculpture yet.

The third lion shot is at 153 W 57th with the camera looking west. The sculpture is Fortitude from the library and obviously superimposed in the shot.

The fourth lion is on Park Avenue near 35th Street looking north, but I have not identified the sculpture.

The last lion shot is at 205 E 42nd Street looking west. The sculpture is from Columbia University’s Baker Field, a bronze statue created by Frederick G. R. Roth in 1924.

A Lion?


Another missing location is from a short scene at a pier. An earlier scene took place at Pier A at the Battery but this is certainly somewhere else. It might be from the Los Angeles area.

Toot Toot

 

Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

This is the only missing location from this fairly awful film… but certainly notorious. Anyway, I was guessing that this was shot in Queens (although presumably it was taking place in the Bronx). Astoria seems like the most logical place because they reportedly shot some interior stuff at the studios there. But I looked around and couldn’t find anything.

A Student


 

Prizzi’s Honor (1985)

They shot some other stuff taking place in similar-looking neighborhoods in LA, but I think this might be NYC because of the red emergency phone seen on the far corner.

Prizzi’s Fire


Midnight Cowboy (1969)

So here are a few loose ends, many of which I have shared before. UPDATE: Many have since been found, only the scenes described below are still missing.

While we’re thinking subway stuff was filmed at the actual location of 47th-50th station, I’d like to Figure out what this sign says. Might help confirm the station and indicate what exit is shown.

Cafeteria is likely an old Times Square eatery but again, seems as though we’ve searched for this before and ended up failing.

Laundromat location seems impossible to find but I included it for it’s brilliant usage of the Italian language.

Restaurant is also likely impossible to find but thought it felt like it’s UWS.

 

Midcow


 

Goodfellas (1990)

Here is a montage of odds and ends of missing or questionable locations. Most of these are probably impossible to find but maybe there’s some production notes out there that could shed some light.

The courtroom scene at the end of the movie was supposedly shot at 60 Centre. Perhaps the early “popped your cherry” scene was also shot there. They appear to exit a “Room 30.”

Airport stuff was supposedly shot at JFK but would like to confirm it and if so, figure out exactly where at airport it took place.

The parking lot scene with Karen crying was described as taking place “in the Parking lot next to Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle NY as per another posted source – not verified.”

Henry and Karen’s first house was has been found. It’s located in Howard Beach.

The majority of the Tampa zoo stuff was reportedly shot at the Prospect Park Zoo, but would like to confirm and see if any of that brick stuff still exists.

No info on the prison location. But if I were to guess, I don’t thank that’s a real jail.

Storywise, the alley and parking lot where Morrie gets killed is near their hangout at Neir’s Tavern (87-48 78th Street in Queens), but it obviously could’ve been shot somewhere else.

The location of them driving past 5 Town Plaza has been found. It’s over on Rockaway Blvd near JFK. The plaza and the IHOP in the distance are still around.

Wise Guys


 

Adam’s Rib (1949)

Not likely findable but thought I’d include since it’s the only missing NYC location. I assume the wide shot is real, with a Spencer Tracy double, and everything else is fake.

No Ribbing


The Window (1949)

A couple missing locations from this, but most have since been found after uploading this extended video

Most of the action took place near 225 E 105th Street (seen at the 4:20 mark). Additional stuff was shot at the nearby 141 E 103rd Street and E 105 Street at Park Avenue. Also, a police station at 153 E 67th Street was used. I’m 95% sure the drug store they exit was on the NE corner of 104th and Third, and a young Tommy runs out from an alley on Third towards 191 E 115th Street. Wide establishing shot was filmed in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. The POV shot out the window (1:33 mark) is at 103 and Lexington.

The El train station stuff appears to have been shot at 106th, as you can see the matching shoe store on opposite corner when Tommy descends the stairs, but wondering if the cab-hailing part was shot on a set at the RKO studio in East Harlem. (The part at the 1:41 mark definitely looks fake.)

Not sure if the corner the cop was on is real or not, although initial wide shot is certainly real and I would like to find it. I have assumed the sign above the cop is for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.. But none of the addresses in the phonebook looked right to me… either I’m missing something, or the sign is fake.

WIndowless


North by Northwest (1959)

This North by Northwest location has been a tricky one, but seems findable. Other stuff from the opening sequence was shot on Fifth and Madison Avenues, roughly between 42nd and 59th Streets. Judging by the people’s wardrobe (and the lack of shopping bags), it’s probably not an office or store entrance. That may or may not be a no. 595 above the doors.

North Photoplay


The Struggle (1931) 

Pretty much all the confirmed exterior locations are within a four block area in the Bronx, centered around E 205th Street and Villa Avenue. It’s possible this apartment exterior was shot outside his area, but I would assume it was still nearby.

Nice Doggy


 

Since, as far as I can tell, everything was shot on the east coast, this is probably a real Bronx location, although it sort of looks like a backlot or an LA alley (a la The Ragman). As far as I can tell, that Tyler Lane is not a real name, but I haven’t done extensive research into it.

27 Tyler Lane


 

The Landlord (1970)

I think I shared this before, but thought I’d put it back up. Sources claim the church was located in Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood. It seems like it’s located at a T intersection.

Church


The Kleptomaniac (1905)

Only thing missing from this is the very last scene where the woman is caught stealing at what looks like s corner grocery. I wonder what that awning thing in the distance is?

1905 Thief


 

Splash (1984)

This is almost definitely in the Los Angeles area. Probably not a real police station. I have this faint memory that this was actually already found and that it was an old school. But I have no evidence.

Seems to be a T-intersection at the end of the street.

Cops


Zoolander (2001)

Rumor is that they shot this in Culver CIty. The yellow hydrant definitely looks like the style in the Los Angeles area. Could be gone now. Might be impossible to find.

Mine Shaft (not the Meatpacking one)

 


I added this, but probably unlikely to be found, unless there’s a specific reference to it out in the web-o-sphere. Thought maybe it was in the SoHo area, but could easily be anywhere, including California. (DIdn’t include a video link since the camera angle never changes.)


Two Men In Manhattan (1959)

gulf

The one big clue is the Gulf gas station which appears to be next to an Esso station.

I looked up both Gulf and Esso in the white and yellow pages from 1958, but neither directory listed many locations. (I’ve actually found that gas stations seldom had exhaustive listings in the phonebooks back then.)

Just Call Eddie


Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Even though it’s supposed to be taking place in —of all places— Kansas, the film was entirely shot in the New York area. They shot at a (now-demolished) house at 4144 Victory Blvd in Staten Island, Christ Church Riverdale at 5030 Henry Hudson Parkway in the Bronx, some waterfalls at High Falls, NY, Horace Mann School at 231 W 246th Street in the Bronx, Riverdale Country School (Senior Building) at 1 Spaulding Lane in the Bronx, Dobbs Ferry High School at 505 Broadway, and City College in Manhattan. A few ranch scenes were also shot in West Islip, Long Island, but the exact address is unknown.

This is rumored to be the home of Elia Kazan’s brother, Avraam, who lived in Ardsley, NY, but I haven’t found any concrete proof that they actually used his home. I found an obituary for the brother’s son, Peter L. Kazan, which confirms he grew up in Ardsley and I found a medical directory which listed Dr. Avraam Kazan to be on Winding Road Farm., but nothing on that road seems to match the film. I have a feeling the mansion was probably demolished.

Mansion


 

I have no information on this place, although it looks like something that’d be in the Riverdale area, but also looks like a place that would be gone today.

White House


 

How To Murder Your Wife (1965)

This is probably impossible to find, but thought I’d at least share. For the record, confirmed locations include: 174 East 75th Street, Bergdorf Goodman at 754 5th Avenue, Warwick Hotel at 65 West 54th Street, the former Allen’s Bar at 1271 3rd Avenue, 56 Central Park South, 865 1st Avenue, and the East River at S 2nd Street in Brooklyn.
Wondering if this was shot near East River, too, but I have no idea.

 

The Super Cops (1974)

The majority of the film was shot in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, but i’ve Identified a few locations in other neighborhoods, including one scene in Manhattan. I thought I would start off by listing all the locations I found along with video clips:

French Movies 115 Montague Street
Car Pulled Over 272 Stuyvesant Ave
Assassination Attempt 1147 Fulton Street
Courthouse 31 Chambers St
First Police Station 606 Greene Ave
Second Police Station 627 Gates Ave
Drug Bust 492 Throop Ave
Candy Store Informant 532 Gates Ave
OD Victim 875-77 Dekalb Ave
Kids 657 Marcy Ave
BK Bridge 11 Water St
Rooftops 62 Bainbridge St
Undercover Bum 375 Court Street
Hank’s Tip Top Inn 363 Halsey Street
Cathouse  912 Broadway
Elevated Subway 1128 Myrtle Ave

I am guessing that Fish Delight Hut is a fake name, but apparently there was a real Mel’s Fish Delight Hut at 907 Fulton which closed down in 1972, but that doesn’t seem to be a match. (Mel’s closed around same time this movie was made so perhaps production bought their old signage and used it as set dressing.)

I’m wondering that in the reverse shot from inside looking out,.. is that a large post? And those rectangles… are those windows?

One last thought is about lamppost, which is the old style. Is that a replica like what’s around today, or is that really an old post from the early 20th century that never go removed?

Quit Beefing


Murder Inc. (1960)

While the movie claims the story takes place in Brownsville, Brooklyn, so far, the only Brooklyn location we’ve confirmed is the former Half Moon Hotel in Coney Island and an art deco apartment building at 7119 Shore Road.. Other locations used are the NY Supreme Courthouse at 60 Centre Street, a small shop at 302 W 18th Street, the old Willis Avenue Bridge in Harlem, a clothing manufacturer at 259 W 39th Street, a Candy Shop on Pleasant Avenue, and the former 28th Precinct Station House at 177 E 104th Street.

The clock is at the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 342 W 20th St. but I haven’t figured out the location of the apartment building where a man is murdered. I don’t know if the clock is anywhere near the apartment, but the movie implies that they are in the same neighborhood. I haven’t found it yet, but I assume if it’s still around, it would be to the left of a somewhat modern building.

Tick Tock, You’re Dead!


Raging Bull (1980)

club

I figure this was probably shot in Little Italy somewhere, but I suppose it could have been shot in the East Village… or perhaps… shudder to think… on a set.

I know Scorsese did shoot a portion of the film back in Hollywood (in particular, the boxing arena scenes), so I thought it’s possible they shot this on a back lot and added the rain to help mask the fact they were in sunny California. (Same deal as that one scene in “The Lonely Guy.”)

I might go to Little Italy at some point and ask any old timers if they recognize the place or remember Scorsese shooting the film in the neighborhood.

Social Club


 

ragebx

This quick scene of Jake and Vickie arguing is the only other missing location from this film, which I believe was actually shot in the Bronx. There’s a little bit of “home movie” footage at the top of this clip which took place at 1829 Tenbroeck Ave in the Bronx. According to a local real estate company, another scene was shot on Tenbroeck near Astor Ave, but I couldn’t find anything that matched the film.

But that being said, I suppose it is possible they shot this in Queens or something, but doubling as the Bronx.

Pelham, Bronx


The Survivors (1983)

They filmed some stuff in Sunnyside Queens (for example, the shot with the costumes credit), and I believe they filmed the “gun store” scene in Farmingdale, Long Island. I would guess this was filmed somewhere in outer Queens or Long Island.

You’re Fired


I was able to identify all the locations in this montage except for the hotdog scene. The first two scenes were shot in Tribeca — one on Reade Street and one on West Broadway. The dog walking was shot on Park Ave and E 68th Street. I guess the biggest clue to figure out the hotdog location would be identifying that office building. Maybe it was also near Tribeca but could be anywhere else.

Bowl of Cherries


 

The Hard Way (1991)

This pizza shop is one of only two missing locations from this film.

The vast majority of the film was shot in the East Village, but I have a feeling this restaurant was shot somewhere else, that is, if it’s a real location and not a set. Pretty sure the name is fake, though. I thought maybe the balcony might be a clue.

They also shot a long sequence in Times Square, another sequence near City Hall, subway interiors at Hoyt-Schermerhorn in Brooklyn, and another scene at a club at W 26th/6th Ave.

Sal’s Pizza


 

Seems unlikely to be found, but here is a back alley scene. Not much to go on.

They shot all “studio” interiors at Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx and I think it’s possible this was an “outside” set built there. I just think those stairs in a back alley/courtyard would be up against the buildings (like a fire escape) and not straight out. But who knows?

Rain Murder


Kiss of Death (1995)

ktr

Haven’t found this location yet and is basically the last missing one from tis film. This is from the first scene of an extended sequence. Later on, the trucks are seen driving through DUMBO and then end up in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. So, they probably shot this scene in same general area, but it’s not definite.

 

UPDATE: A reader suggested that this was shot at the Brooklyn Navy Yards, which seems to be correct but I still need to study it a little closer to confirm and figure out the orientation.

Hauling Stolen Cars


The Best of Everything (1959)

best-missapt

So I found pretty much every location from this film except this one apartment building. There seems to be some conflicting indicators of where it’s supposed to be. A letter implies the character’s apartment is at 3 E 61st, but that doesn’t seem to make sense. (The current apartment building on that lot was constructed in 1979, and it looks like only small townhouses occupied the spot before.)

In the two scenes that take place in the front of the building, you can see an address of “427,” but we are pretty sure it was shot on a studio backlot. (The fact the camera always points towards the facades and that there is no evidence of a “REED & BLAIR” in NYC seems to support this idea.)

Regardless of whether the front is fake or not, the back (or side) of the building definitely looks real (at least in the wide shot above). But aside from apartment numbers on the garbage cans, there doesn’t seem to be any obvious clues. By the looks of the building, I’d say it was probably constructed in the 1940s or 1950s. (I’m wondering if someone ever created a color-coded map of NYC that shows building ages.)

Director’s Apartment


 

Night Shift (1982)

morg

My first guess is that they used the exterior of the actual city morgue on the southeast corner of 1st and and E 29th Street. But still haven’t found any definitive proof. I would love to find an old photo of the morgue, which you’d think exists somewhere.

Limo/Hearse Arrives


The Crowd (1928)

crowd-bsusss

A lot of this sequence has been identified, but there are still a few missing pieces. The top of this sequence takes place at 37th St and 5th Avenue, but the part where the two men first meet their two dates is still unidentified. (See pic above.) Might be impossible to figure out unless we get lucky..

After they run to the bus, we get a quick shot looking up at a building on 42nd St near 5th Ave. The next shot of Mary going up the bus stairs is still missing.

Once they are all on the top of the bus, the action switches to downtown LA on 7th Street near Flower. It appears to stay in LA until the clown appears, then the acton switches to 8 W 57th Street in NYC. I do not know where the reverse shot of Bert takes place, but I believe it was shot in NYC as well.

The next two quick shots of John and Mary jumps to two different locations (both of which I believe are still in NYC). One of them is most likely on 5th Avenue as there is one of those unique traffic towers in the background.

The action then switches to a park, which I believe is Madison Sq Park on the 5th Avenue side. The lampposts look like the kind that were on 5th Ave at the time, plus the extra wide street seems to match where 5th and Broadway intersect around 24th Street. Haven’t found definitive proof, but Madison Sq Park seems like the most likely candidate.

The sequence finally ends with one long take on 57th Street, as they travel west from 5th to 6th Avenue.

Double Date

Double Date (Extended)


 

gkh

Part of this scene (where you can see the El in he background) was shot near 427 W 19th Street. However, I haven’t figured out where they shot the part where kids run across the street (in front of that building with a big arched entrance, which as far as I can tell, does not seem to have existed on 19th street). I’m pretty sure the shots of the Simms looking out the window was done on a studio backlot, but not sure if the kids running across the street was done on-location or at a studio, although the sort of gallimaufry of building styles seems to be something they’d do on a Hollywood set.

Ghost Kid Gets Killed


 

crowd-jobs

So, I think this might be a backlot, mainly because there’s a T-intersection in background and you never see more than one block in background. The “for rent” sign looks somewhat authentic and not something seen on a backlot, but it could just be an item added by a detail-oriented King Vidor.

Juggler Wanted


The Naked City (1948)

hat

Missing this haberdashery that precedes the beauty salon. Probably impossible to find. That might be the name on window above door but pretty illegible (I reversed image above).

Pajamas


 

ban

Looks like a bank lobby at the end of this sequence. I searched a bunch of images of “NYC bank lobbies” in Google (not Bing) but couldn’t find a match.

Bank


The Gambler (1974)

gambe

In Business in New York State, an article implies this scene was shot at Atlantic Beach, Long Island. Cannot find any matching buildings. Beach looks very different today.

Beach


You’re a Big Boy Now (1966)

btimes

I’m not really interested in finding these locations, since Times Square is more or less unrecognizable today. But I thought I’d share this video in case there are any stores/theaters that appear to be readily identifiable.

The Days Before SpongeBob Squarepants


The Rag Man (1925)

rag

Okay, I have a strong suspicion this was shot on a studio backlot. But perhaps not.

In the dialogue, they claim this was on Park Avenue, but the building at no. 19 —which has a construction date of 1924— doesn’t match what’s in the film.

Buying From a Boy


 

 

4 thoughts on “Missing Locations

  1. The Irishman (2019)

    Otto’s Garage

    Former “Western Highway Garage”
    Now “Daily Driven AutoSports”
    760 Western Highway North
    Blauvelt
    New York 10913
    United States

    https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/760-Western-Hwy-Blauvelt-NY/12756585/
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/760-Western-Hwy-Blauvelt-NY-10913/2103181586_zpid/

    Note: Although there is a version in the web with “Western Highway” only, the actual name of the road is “Western Highway North” (the street name plate at the junction with “Erie Street West”).

    Greg Mishevski
    (doing all the location work from Ohrid, MKD)

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