The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

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6:00 am 30 Jan, 2014

Most of the shooting of The Godfather was done in New York. The legendary film has made the shooting locations a Mecca for its fans. A location scout goes around the Big Apple to discover what is left of those unforgettable sites and discovers a touch of nostalgia in the new.

 

The opening scene of The Godfather begins with the wedding of his daughter Connie. This was the location then.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

This is how it looks now at 110 Longfellow Avenue in Staten Island.

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But the walls as you see here in the picture are not real.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

They were set up to give a different impression. This is how it originally looks.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

One of the prime reasons behind the selection of this house was the huge lawn that is still there.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

Genco Olive Oil, Don Vito’s business.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

This was filmed in what was once the heart of Little Italy at 128 Mott Street, known as The Mietz Building.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

Michael Corleone and his girlfriend Kay Adams Christmas shop at the Best & Co. Department Store on Fifth Avenue at 51st Street.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

Today the 51-story Olympic Tower stands at the site.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

Luca Brasi walking down a hotel hallway.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

This shot is the rear entrance to the Hotel Edison on West 46th Street between 7th & 8th.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

Don Corleone steps out of the Genco offices and crosses the street toward 135-137 Mott Street.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

He stops to buy fruit from a vendor at 137 Mott Street (note the Jake “Raging Bull” La Motta poster in the window).

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

A Chinese pharmacy has taken over.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

The Radio City Music Hall then.,,

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

…and now.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

Michael and Kay exit the side entrance on West 50th Street.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

Kay notices a headline on the newsstand.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

The two run across the street.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now


The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

Clemenza’s house…

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

…and here it is today, located at 1999 East 5th Street on the edge of the Gravesend section in Brooklyn.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

An enemy of Don Vito is killed here in New Jersey.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

It is today known as Freedom Way, which cuts through Liberty State Park.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

Michael goes to his father’s hospital – Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx – and stays guard out front, helping to stave off a second assassination attempt.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

The location at 140th Street & Southern Boulevard has since been demolished.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

Jack Dempsey’s, a famous restaurant owned by the boxer at 1619 Broadway, where Michael enters his family business.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

Up until recently, it was a computer store. Today, it’s empty.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

The bathroom where Michael finds the gun…

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

…has been completely changed.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

Sonny, Michael’s older brother, is killed.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

The location is an abandoned runway left over from Mitchel AFB.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

Don Vito dies dies in his garden while playing with his grandson.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

Today, there’s a pool where the garden would have been.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

Corleone’s funeral was shot in Queens’ Calvary Cemetery.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

Michael starts killing off his enemies one by one. Barzini is whacked by a disguised police officer on the steps of the New York Supreme Court building in Foley Square.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

At Corleone’s funeral.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

In one of the most iconic scenes from the film, Carlo is seen hanging out on a stoop wearing an orange outfit.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

That still exists today at 118th Street east of Mt. Pleasant Ave. You can even see the original width of the steps stretching beyond the new brick railings.

The New York Of The Godfather Looks Very Different Now

Credit:  Nick Carr, a movie location scout based out of New York. The entire post can be viewed here.

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