Most of the shooting ofwas 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.
This is how it looks now at 110 Longfellow Avenue in Staten Island.
But the walls as you see here in the picture are not real.
They were set up to give a different impression. This is how it originally looks.
One of the prime reasons behind the selection of this house was the huge lawn that is still there.
Genco Olive Oil, Don Vito’s business.
This was filmed in what was once the heart of Little Italy at 128 Mott Street, known as The Mietz Building.
Michael Corleone and his girlfriend Kay Adams Christmas shop at the Best & Co. Department Store on Fifth Avenue at 51st Street.
Today the 51-story Olympic Tower stands at the site.
Luca Brasi walking down a hotel hallway.
This shot is the rear entrance to the Hotel Edison on West 46th Street between 7th & 8th.
Don Corleone steps out of the Genco offices and crosses the street toward 135-137 Mott Street.
He stops to buy fruit from a vendor at 137 Mott Street (note the Jake “Raging Bull” La Motta poster in the window).
A Chinese pharmacy has taken over.
The Radio City Music Hall then.,,
Michael and Kay exit the side entrance on West 50th Street.
Kay notices a headline on the newsstand.
The two run across the street.
…and here it is today, located at 1999 East 5th Street on the edge of the Gravesend section in Brooklyn.
An enemy of Don Vito is killed here in New Jersey.
It is today known as Freedom Way, which cuts through Liberty State Park.
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 location at 140th Street & Southern Boulevard has since been demolished.
Jack Dempsey’s, a famous restaurant owned by the boxer at 1619 Broadway, where Michael enters his family business.
Up until recently, it was a computer store. Today, it’s empty.
The bathroom where Michael finds the gun…
…has been completely changed.
Sonny, Michael’s older brother, is killed.
The location is an abandoned runway left over from Mitchel AFB.
Don Vito dies dies in his garden while playing with his grandson.
Today, there’s a pool where the garden would have been.
Corleone’s funeral was shot in Queens’ Calvary Cemetery.
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.
At Corleone’s funeral.
In one of the most iconic scenes from the film, Carlo is seen hanging out on a stoop wearing an orange outfit.
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.
Credit: Nick Carr, a movie location scout based out of New York. The entire post can be viewed here.