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. No prizes this week, but I’ll definitely credit you in the final post. The movie was probably shot around 1946 or 1947.
Location 1: Character enters corner drug store
The biggest clue is the name of the drug store (seen in interior shots): Larimore Chemists (Since 1899). I can find the listing in Google Book searches, but no mention of an address. Note also the number 40 on the awning in the first picture, and 45 in the second. If he’s on the numbered streets, that probably means he’s on the north side, and traffic is one way going east. Finally, there are a lot of pretty unique buildings, including that one with the columns, and I’m pretty sure most must still be there.
Location 2: New Yorkers board a subway train
The biggest clue is in the subway entrance – an IRT line – and that street. Where the heck do you find a slant like that?? East Harlem?
A few other scant clues to work off of. The subway station is small - you can see the characters coming through the turnstiles in the first picture and immediately coming to the platform in the next two. Also, note the men’s room doorway – I’d bet the door is certainly still there, and maybe even the tilework sign.
Location 3: Guy makes deliveries
So clearly we’re looking for a run down, unpaved street with regular horse and buggy service…
Obviously VERY little go on here, except for the hope that few of these buildings have changed. Lower East Side maybe? East Village? Then again, is that a double staircase toward the right of the picture? Reminds me of a place on the Upper West Side…
Location 4: Arrival at the City Mortuary
In the film, I think it’s referred to as the “City Mortuary,” as if it’s the central city mortuary…But I know very little about mortuaries. Any ideas?
Good luck, and thanks in advance for any help you can offer!