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After way too long, I’m finally getting ready to do a new installment of New York, You’ve Changed, in which I compare shooting locations in an older NY movie to the NYC of today (Ghostbusters, Taxi Driver, Rosemary’s Baby). This is one of my favorite features for the site, but unfortunately, researching the locations, taking the pictures and writing the posts takes a LOT of time, and I’ve been really busy lately.
But maybe you can help! These locations are currently giving me some trouble, and maybe someone out there will recognize them, or catch a clue I missed. The movie was probably shot around 1946 or 1947.
Location 1: Street cleaner washing streets
This was definitely shot in Harlem on Park Avenue beneath the elevated train tracks…But what street??
Location 2: Elevated subway train
I know if I spend enough time staring at the positioning of those skyscrapers, I can figure out exactly where this is…But maybe one of you passes by this corner every day to work?
Location 3: Meatpacking district
This is definitely in the meatpacking district – that’s the highline in the background, and the water beyond. Also, Henry Kelly Trading Company, seen on the left, appears in one Google search as being located at 418 West 14th Street. Except, this just doesn’t feel wide enough to be 14th Street. Any guesses?
Location: Subway entrance
This could pretty much be anywhere – my gut says Wall Street, but that could be completely wrong. That appears to be a church wall jutting out in the background. Also, love the old ads for frankfurters and hot pastrami sandwiches!
Location: Subway entrance news vendor
Again, could be anywhere. Obviously was taken on an avenue…but which?? Hoping someone walks this every day to work…
Location: Jewelry shop
The sign in the background says “Wallach – The [something] Stylist,” but I can’t find a listing for it online. There’s also a church steeple in the background, which is probably still there.
Location: Albert’s Beauty Salon
A small storefront located at 807…something! Has to be an avenue for a number that high. Would love to know if this is still there.
Location: Apartment awning
The apartment buildings in the background shouldn’t make this one too hard.
Location: West Village apartment chase
Man, huge brownie points to whoever can figure this one out. A pretty climactic chase occurs on the fire escape at this West Village apartment building (at least, it’s described as West Village in the movie). But few clues are given to its actual location. When the guy hits the ground, this is the first floor…
…which feels frustratingly familiar! Maybe one of those larger buildings closer to Fifth Avenue/Washington Square Park? The guy heads down the street…
…which is, unfortunately, very poorly lit!
Thanks for any help, and have a great Labor Day weekend!
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