After dinner, Popeye and Cloudy follow Charnier back to the Westbury Hotel at 69th & Madison. Opened in 1927, the Westbury was a luxury hotel until 1997, when it was converted into condos.
As Charnier heads inside, we get a shot of the lobby…
…which today is a Gucci store.
The next morning, Popeye resumes tailing Charnier.
They pass by the Palm Superette (a superette is an old word for a deli/bodega):
Today, it’s vacant and just waiting for a new luxury client:
Charnier crosses the street at Madison & 68th Street…
Then stops into Ronaldo Maia Flowers at 27 East 67th Street.
Today, it’s a shoe store:
After sneaking out the back entrance, Charnier disappears into a subway station:
This was filmed at the southernmost entrance along Central Park on Fifth Avenue:
Popeye chases him down the passage…
…and through the turnstiles:
Except Charnier didn’t get on the train! Popeye catches sight of him at 60th & Fifth Avenue and takes off running:
Charnier heads down to the Shuttle train platform at Grand Central, and I have one question…
Whose idiotic decision was it to get rid of this custard stand? Are you kidding me??
Unfortunately, Charnier manages to sneak onto the train, and with a snide wave, he disappears.
On the verge of being taken off the case, Popeye meets his captain at the scene of an unrelated car crash and begs to stay on.
This was shot on the Henry Hudson Parkway North at Exit 24 for the Mosholu:
As Popeye heads home, an assassin working with Charnier attempts to shoot him from the roof of his housing project.
This was shot at the the Marlboro Housing Projects at Stillwell Avenue and Avenue W in Gravesend, Brooklyn:
Popeye spots the fleeing assassin, and so begins one of the most famous car chases in film history. The pursuit begins on foot heading south on Stillwell Avenue toward the Bay 50th Street station:
Popeye runs past the intersection of Stillwell and 28th Avenue…
…then books it into the subway station…
…and up the stairs…
…to the south-bound platform:
The only problem: the assassin has boarded a train on the north-bound side! Popeye races back down – note the Valentine’s Day decorations in the store window:
He tries to flag down passing cars, but no one will stop:
Finally, he manages to commandeer a vehicle…
…and the chase begins! Today, John’s Pizzeria and Terry’s Tailor have become Senda Antiques and the Salt & Sea Mission:
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