The New York Filming Locations of The Godfather, Then and Now

On March 29, 1971, The Godfather, considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made, began principal photography in New York City.

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Because the film is a period piece, The Godfather actually presents a fascinating record of what 1940s-era New York City locations still existed in the early-1970s. Sadly, many of them are now gone. What still remains? Let’s take a closer look.

The Godfather opens at the wedding of Don Corleone’s only daughter Connie.

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This is the Corleone residence today, located at 110 Longfellow Avenue in Staten Island.

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The house today is pretty much the same as it appears in the film, except for one detail…

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What happened to all the stone walls and the entrance gate?

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These were all fake, set up at the end of Longfellow Avenue to give the Corleone residence the feeling of a walled compound. This is what the same angle looks like today:

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Another shot from later in the film offers a better look at the layout:

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Still later, when Kay arrives at the house, we see a different angle including the guard booth.

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In reality, there are actually several houses at the end of the block that were cut off by the fake wall:

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As the wedding progresses, detectives show up to take license plate numbers. Our point of view here is toward toward the house…

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The wedding sequence was staged on the house’s palatial lawn, which I imagine was a major factor for why it was chosen:

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After a quick jaunt to California involving a movie producer and a horse (to be covered someday by sister site Scouting LA), we return to New York and get our first look at Corleone’s business front, Genco Olive Oil, just as Sollozzo arrives for a sit-down.

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

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Built in 1892, the sprawling Mietz & Weiss Oil Engine Building has a wonderful ever-so-slight curve that follows the path of Mott Street:

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While the Renaissance Revival building is overall in good shape, some changes have been made over the years, including the removal of fire escapes…

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…and most egregiously, the complete gutting of the ground floor facade. I have no idea how this was allowed to happen, but it’s pretty awful.

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The interior of Genco Oil was reportedly built on the fourth floor of a warehouse nearby to 128 Mott Street (but not actually in the Mietz building).

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

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After the Best & Co. chain went out of business in the mid-1970s, the building was torn down to make way for the 51-story Olympic Tower currently at the site. Note St. Patrick’s and Saks a block further in both pictures.

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Uneasy with the possible introduction of drugs into his business world, Don Corleone sends Luca Brasi to meet with Sollozzo and pledge his loyalty in order to spy on him. Brasi heads down a hotel hallway…

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…shot in the rear entrance to the Hotel Edison on West 46th Street btw. 7th & 8th.

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Brasi is then murdered by Sollozzo in an upscale restaurant…but where was this shot? There has been a lot of debate over this. Many argue that it was simply done in the Edison’s bar, and logistically it would make sense – except that nothing at the Edison ever looked like this.

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In fact, this pivotal scene was actually filmed in the Hotel St. George in Brooklyn.

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The tip comes from a 72-year-old Brooklyn Heights barber named Rocco Scali, who recalls cutting actor Lenny Montana’s hair just before the scene was filmed in the hotel’s lobby bar, according to this NY Times article.

What is unbelievable is that I cannot find a single damn picture of the establishment. In fact, about the only pictures you can find of the Hotel St. George, once the largest hotel in New York City, are postcard images taken in the 1930s and 40s. The St. George used to be teeming with theme venues (The Stardust Room, The Bermuda Terrace), but who knows what was still around in 1971 when The Godfather was shot? If anyone has any leads, or has any memories of the space, please let me know!

Carrying on, Tom Hagen is then abducted by Sollozzo as he exits Polk’s Hobby Shop at 314 Fifth Avenue.

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Fondly remembered as one of New York’s best hobby shops, Polk’s went out of business over 20 years ago, and is today Empire Pizza.

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Back in Little Italy, Don Corleone steps out of the Genco offices and crosses the street toward 135-137 Mott Street.

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

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Today, a Chinese pharmacy:

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Just then, two assassins spring out and begin shooting, gunning down Corleone in front of the entrance to Genco at 128 Mott:

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Later that night, we find Michael and Kay coming out of a show at Radio City Music Hall:

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They exit the side entrance on West 50th Street…

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Then, Kay notices a headline on the newsstand announcing the Corleone shooting:

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The two run across the street…

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…to a telephone booth, where Michael calls home.

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Meanwhile, Tom has been taken to an abandoned diner.

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I really wish I knew where this was, but it seems that any record of it is long gone. Anyone have any ideas? Not sure if the interior was actually abandoned, or if this was built on a stage:

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In retaliation, Sonny orders Clemenza to kill Paulie Gatto, who helped set up the attempt on his father’s life. We see Clemenza leaving his house…

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

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Other than a few hints about the neighborhood, I couldn’t find any information anywhere on the address, and I almost gave up looking. Finally, I just knocked on a neighbor’s door – and she pointed me right up the block!

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We later get another shot of the house as Clemenza leaves to assist in the round of assassinations at the end of the film.

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90 comments

  1. I waas glad to see your postcard pic of hte old St.George Hotel. Years back when I was a scout in troop 236 we would grab the Schenck bus on Hillside Ave. in to 179th St, and take the subway to the Brooklyn Borough Hall stop, walk a few blocks and go swimming at the hotel pool. It was quite spectacular.

  2. I had always thought the barber shop to be the St. Regis Hotel. No?

  3. The Luna restaurant you refer to was at 112 Mulberry Street. I ate there many times as a kid. Some of the deleted scenes from the movie you can see on the DVD show the exterior clearly. This was the place was where Peter Clemenza had lunch. It was also the place where Clemenza bought the cannoli that was in his famous line of Leave the gun, take the cannoli.

  4. As always, a fantastic post. The empty diner made me think of the cover for Hall & Oates album “Abandoned Luncheonette”. Wikipedia had this to say,

    The diner on the album cover was formerly the Rosedale Diner, located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. When it went out of business, its structure was dumped in a small wooded area located along Route 724 in Kenilworth, PA, at the entrance of Towpath Park in East Coventry Township, where the photo on the linked page was taken. Stripped by souvenir-hunters, the structure remained in place until about 1983, when Ridge Fire Company, along with the owner, burned what was left to clear the land.

    What are the odds, right?

  5. Once again, you beguile and enthrall. Thank you very much.

    MS

  6. Regarding the St George – there used to be a bar on the ground floor called Club Wild Fyre, and that was where the Luca Brasi scene was filmed. The bar was closed in the early ’90s after a cop shot someone in there. The closest you can get now is if you go to the entrance of the 2/3 train and turn around, you’ll see a set of doors that was the entrance, now chained shut. Apparently they used to call the room where they filmed that scene the Luca Brasi Room.

    • Thanks for the info Heather! Are the chained doors across from the turnstiles/mta booth? Or somewhere else in the station?

  7. No one does a better job of reminding me why I love my city so much. Thanks….again!

  8. This is the best review of Godfather locations that I’ve ever seen. Two items I’d like to add. That barbershop photo has a logo on the glass which looks a lot like the logo of the St Regis Hotel in midtown (someone above already mentioned that). Regarding Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, I used to work right across the street from the new hospital location while it was being built. It was finishing up when I quit in early ’72. I’d guess that the old hospital was demolished in ’72 or ’73.

  9. THANK YOU! I live in 137 Mott and have been trying to figure out for years which scene my building’s facade could be seen!!!

  10. I wonder if that abandoned diner was in Williamsburg? For some reason, there’s that stretch on Kent or Wythe that has/had three old-looking diners like that: Diner, Relish (or La Esquina) and there used to be another called Miss Williamsburg around there, too. Not sure how old or new each place was, though.

  11. The barbershop has a logo on the glass that appears to be that of the St Regis Hotel, so that would be my guess. And is that is right, then the scenes of Clemenza climbing the stairs and shooting Stracci look like they were also filmed in the St Regis.

  12. the barbershop could be on the lower levels of the St Regis Hotel on E 55th street. that is the logo on the glass door. In addition a couple of other scenes where shot there. climbing the stairs and the guy shot in the revolving door I believe were also filmed at the St Regis

    • Yes, I heard from a friend who works there that a number of the baptism hit scenes were filmed in the St. Regis, including Moe Greene’s—which is supposed to be in Vegas!

  13. This is great–but link to Scouting LA, please?

  14. There ARE old photos of the Hotel St. George in Brooklyn Heights – you need to search a little harder on Google.

    My father lived across the street in 36 Clark (in the late 40′s – early 50′s) until he married my mother and moved to Clinton Hill. They had their wedding reception down the block at the Towers Hotel (BTW, they are both buried in Calvary Cemetery 1 near the “Corleone family” – I know the space well). But the St. George was still thriving when I was a little kid and I remember often visiting the lobby and first floor spaces with the Art Deco styling. I think I was in the bar one time. Here is a link to someone selling vintage photos from the St. George http://www.etsy.com/listing/39731690/hotel-st-george-brooklyn-ny-antique – You may also want to contact the Brooklyn Historical Society and Brooklyn Heights Blog folks for more info. And, as you know, the St. George is now student housing: http://www.studenthousing.org/live/st-george-clark

    Thanks for the post. Forgotten NY had done something about the Floyd Bennett Field vs Mitchell Field controversy, but thanks for the photo “proof.”

    • John Brandt is right on-point; I remember passing the hotel often as a child when my father, sister, and I were out and about in the neighborhood.

      Wikipedia has some great info on it! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_St._George

      Thanks for the amazing post!!!

      • Most of the St. George is still there. A part of it burned down in 1995 in what was the biggest fire ever in NYC until 9/11. Aside from student housing, other parts of the complex were converted into apartments. When I lived in the Brooklyn Heights in the 1990s I went to a gym that was located in what had been the old salt water pool that my mother told me she frequented in the 50s.

  15. Hi my name is Russell Figaredo and I am the president of ABC NYC LIMO/CONCIERGE. The barber scene where Willie Cicci gets a shave and where the mob Leader in the white Dinner Jacket, as well as where Clemenza shotgunned 2 guys in the elevator at the top of the staircase he climbs were all filmed at the St. regis Hotel,,E 55th street between Mad and 5th ave. Hence the STR ,logo you see in the window of the barber shop. Please keep in touch, I do this for my guided tours on NY as well and it’s great to meet a fellow “SCOUT”!!! http://www.abcnyclimo.com

  16. The confusion over the Cafe Luna also could have come via the book, where the cafe where Michael Corleone shot Sollozzo and McCluskey was called the Luna Azure: http://godfather.wikia.com/wiki/Luna_Azure

  17. “ichael takes off for Sicily (locations soon to be covered by sister site Scouting Italy) as a gang war breaks out in New York. Back in America, while leaving from a tryst with his goomah, Sonny is given the news that his brother-in-law Carlo is still beating his sister Connie. No clue where this building is – anyone recognize it? Note the distinctive pattern on the green brick. The storefront is for Lenny’s (can’t make out the surname), offering Printers Motor Repair & Maintenance.” This building is on Thompson Street betwwen Bleecker Street and Wst 3rd Street in Greenwich Village. It’s on the east side of the street and I believe it’s now a record shop.

  18. Regarding the changes in the “backdrop” to the altar in the baptism scene:

    The Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s made many changes in the way Catholic churches are arranged, and in particular in having the priest face the congregation during the mass, rather than facing the altar with his back to them as was done previously. More recent changes have included making baptism part of a regular Sunday service, rather than having it be a private ceremony in a separate chapel.

    By the time The Godfather was filmed, all US churches would have made the change in the orientation of the altar, so the way it is set for the film was probably a special staging to reflect the way it would have looked in the 1940s. The baptismal font was probably still separate in the 1970s, but that tradition is no longer prevalent.

  19. I think the abandoned diner might actually be a tiny diner which isn’t open but still stands on the west side highway near Christopher Street… (south of christopher I believe)

  20. Great article. I watched the Godfather marathon on AE this weekend. First time I watched all three in their entirety in years. I can’t believe how much the Sopranos copied from the Godfather. I noticed so many little things. Never realized that the Sopranos was basically David Chase’s view of New Jersey and the modern, upper middle class family meets the Godfather. Still a great show but a sobering reminder that Mario Puzo’s story is the absolute foundation of this film and t.v. genre. They all copy the Godfather to some degree.

  21. As always, fantastic Scout! All the more so as this has been my favorite movie since I was about 17. Perhaps the Part 2 NYC locations as a follow up? And once the LA and Italy posts are up, please let us know!

  22. It always strikes me how the “now” shots, when they’re of a location that still exists, often look like shabby versions of “urban anywhere USA”. Louis Italian-American Restaurant looks like classic New York City, but the fabric store that is there now could be in LA. Even the stoop where Carlo is hanging out seems recognizably New York, but after the modern remodeling it could be anywhere. What kind of fool would replace those old cast iron railings with that bland brick and industrial pipe fencing?

    • Steven, I totally agree with you. Most of the ‘Now’ shots are miserable in their utter blandness. Just another reminder of what America has become. I guess you can blame OSHA, the ADA, unreal costs, loss of fabrication choices, loss of interest in quality, and decades upon decades of lawsuits for the views we see every day. Even the original railings of the Supreme Court Building – which were themselves added after initial construction finished – have been replaced with standard round pipe railings. Depressing.

      This is why it’s so refreshing to visit foreign countries where people still have choices. I need to get out of here.

  23. Well, guess what? I know where the barber shop is… I worked right across the street. It’s on East 55th Street… at the Hotel St. Regis. When you enter the hotel and go down the stairs (it’s below street level) to the barber shop. After his shave, Willie Cicci then goes up the stairs and locks the “hit” in the revolving door and shoots him.

  24. Very nice work. I’ve done a NYC: Then & Now series for the past 5 years: http://www.dezsantana.com/then_now

  25. A little off the original godfather topic,
    Part 2 was filmed on my block in little Italy
    On Elizabeth street ,they changed the whole block
    From stores to actually putting a fake feast,some of the
    Buisness in the neighborhood kept the new storefronts
    Good times man

    • I actually thought that especially in god father one with Deniro there were few series shot around LES in those tenements streets, no?

  26. It’s interesting to see how much the sycamore tree in front of Clemenza’s house has grown in 40 years.

    In the scene where Don Corleone is shot while buying oranges, the logo “Product of Israel” is supposedly visible on one of the cardboard orange boxes, more than two years before there actually was such a country. I’ve never spotted the logo myself, but enough people have reported it that I presume it’s not just an urban legend. This is actually a double blooper, as in 1945 oranges always were shipped in wooden crates, never cardboard boxes.

    Note the big yellow Rheingold Beer truck in the background of the scene where Sonny attacks Carlo. Supposedly, the truck’s placement was deliberate, to block the view of something (not specified AFAIK) in the background that wouldn’t have fit the time frame.

    If you look carefully at the glass door as Barzini exits the Supreme Court building, you can see the reflection of what’s now the Javits federal building, which would not exist for another decade.

    One minor correction: the “access road” or “service road” at the old Mitchel AFB site was actually a taxiway. Of course the really puzzling thing about that scene is the magically self-healing windshield on Sonny’s car.

  27. I was fortunate enough at the age of 15 to have had the opportunity to be an extra in The Godfather. I was at Connie’s wedding at the house on Staten Island and I actually appear for a few brief seconds in the film. I remember very well the location and the fake walls made of plywood covered in stone veneer. Thanks for the pictures of what it looks like today. Brings back memories I will always cherish.

  28. When this film was shot, a friend of mine was doing his medical residency at New York Eye and Ear Hospital and I thought I remembered him telling me the interior hospital room scene was shot there one night. The St George fell on hard times, I think it was an abandoned bar even when Coppola shot there, it was a strip club for a while in the 1980s. You could still see the art deco etched glass even then that is visible in the scene in the film. I never heard of Mitchel being referred to as Mitchel Air Force Base, always referred to it as Mitchel Field. The toll booth was supposed to be the old tolls at the Loop Parkway that used to exist to enter the Meadowbrook. Great research on this film.

  29. There’s a Yahoo group dedicated to the St. George Hotel that has a whole section about the Godfather scene. It has still shots from the scene as well as pictures of the bar itsef. Here’s a link…https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/StGeorgeTower/conversations/messages

  30. According to Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields, the white lines on the Mitchel AFB runway segment in fact were painted for the filming of the tollbooth scene.

  31. Incredible! I loved this post. As a huge fan of “The Godfather,” I really appreciate the time you took and the effort you made to put this together.

    Thank you!

  32. Hey, the traffic is going up Fith Ave!

  33. The bar in the St George was called Corio’s at the time of the filming of The Godfather. It’s name was changed to Club Wild Fyre a number of years later.
    Strangely they borrowed that name from their pinball machine. By the way, it was a strip club as well as a bar.

  34. The abandoned restaurant looks a lot like the Jackson hole diner on Astoria blvd in queens. The Jackson hole was also used in the movie good fellas

  35. the bar in the Saint George Hotel was a strip club in the early 1980′s. I worked there as a stripper and was fascinated by the art deco interior and long dance strip the length of the bar. It was a real blast from the past. I sat with the owner and remember him bragging to me about the bar used in the Godfather. The entire experience now seems like a dream, thanks for the memories!

  36. The Samuel French Building is actually the Fred E. French Building. Wonderful work though, found this fascinating. Thank you.

  37. i LOVE when you do these!!! being from New York presently living out of state they make me soooo homesick but also are so inspiring! I would love to go on a film location scavenger hunt, sadly though I live in Anchorage Alaska presently and not much to my knowledge has been filmed here. Threw you twenty bucks for your film, wish the best of luck to you sir and don’t stop what you’re doing!

  38. Just called my friend who was doing his medical residency at New York Eye & Ear Infirmary on 14th St back in the early 1970s. He said they definitely filmed Brando’s hospital scene there and also the Genco deathbed scene which can only be seen in the trilogy film version.

  39. My first communion party in 1964 was at Luigi’s – that s what it was called -restaurant in white Plains road. I remember it so clearly cause it was a special occasion restaurant for our family. I remember seeing it in the movie when it first came out. Loved that place!

  40. The barbershop hit scene is at the St regis Hotel in manhattan. The logo on the glass door is the that of the St Regis. STR intertwined. Awesome post bro!

  41. Exterior of hospital is Bellevue, gate et et… Ramp for ambulance as well… Interior is either Eye and Ear or Lincoln Hosp. Tom Haden’s Diner is a tough one but physically it matches up perfectly inside and out with what is now called Diner in Williamsburg, back then there was an empty lot next to it that did indeed sell Christmas trees. The very same lot was used for a small grave yard for Once Apon A Time in America. The bathroom shot of Michael’s restaurant killing, I believe is also in Williansburg, an old bank on Broadway used for locations till this day. The same building was used extensively for Once Apon a Time. If you are a location guy you know this building, check the bathroom on the third floor for pistols…

  42. I grew up in Nassau County and as young teenagers, we walked through that field area in the 80′s to get to Nassau Coliseum for concert ticket sales– we called it the Frozen Tundra in the winter. I never dreamed it was the location of one of my favorite scenes in the movie!

  43. Also watch the marathon this weekend and I recall seeing a shootout scene that I believe is found in front of what we called the horseshoe bar or the crocodile Dundee bar or 7B it’s a bar on the corner of Avenue B and seven street sorry I wish I could remember the exact scene.

  44. The scene where Michael meets Kay in Front of her school was filmed outside of the Ross Elementary School in Ross, CA (Marin County). They then go for a short walk which takes place on Shady Lane, around the corner from the school.

  45. the diner looks like the Moondance Diner which was located at 80 sixth ave between grand st and canal

  46. What an inspiring journey you took to find these locations in their current state of glory or deshabille. I work on how people use buildings from an architectural presepctive, and there just isn’t enough of this kind of then-and-now architectural history for non-iconic typical city buildings. Wonderful! Hope the donation makes a difference and you hit $30k soon!

  47. That was fun I did something like that when I was in Berkeley a couple years ago. I tracked down the house used in the Graduate.

  48. The Hotel St. George is indeed still there- it is used for, among other things, student housing. I lived there for a year during my undergrad days. While I can’t say as to the bar where the scene was filmed, the exterior is remarkably preserved and looks exactly like the postcards. It can be found at the intersection of Clark and Henry streets off the A stop at High Street; or the 2,3 stop at Clark Street.

  49. Funny, this is the 3rd reference to the Godfather I’ve heard in 2 days, and second one related to locations.

    About 2 years ago I was working on some family research in Calvary cemetery in Queens and took some photos of a really cool mausoleum. I looked it up when I got home and found someone had written up info on it and its appearance in the Godfather.

    Photo link below, link to Godfather writeup is in the photo description:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnjt/6680978913/in/set-72157623583084158

  50. The St. George Hotel was in a semi-decline by the early 70s. I was eight years old and lived in the neighborhood in 1970, and I remember going to day camp swimming lessons the hotel the summer between second and third grade. It was later turned into condos, and the building absolutely still stands.

  51. Thank you for any other fantastic post. Where else could anybody get that kind of information in such a perfect way of writing?
    I have a presentation subsequent week, and I am
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  52. According to some sources, the scene in which Moe Green was shot in the eye while getting a massage was filmed at the McBurney YMCA on 14th Street, although it was supposed to take place in Las Vegas.

  53. A couple things about the Mitchel Field site for Sonny’s shooting: A radio tower is seen in the distance in some wide shots. It’s still there, used for a Catholic school television service. And two cranes were also seen in the distance of a few wide shots. They were used in building the Nassau Coliseum, which was finished in 1972.

  54. Any chance on a follow-up for the New York scenes in Godfather Part II?

  55. Hotel St. George became a homeless shelter for a while, I believe. Now it’s a dorm for the nearby St. Francis College.

  56. “They head over the GW Bridge, spooking Michael who wasn’t expecting a trip to New Jersey. Then, the car pulls a u-turn and heads back the other way.”

    Gov. Christie strikes again!

  57. Another brilliant post, Nick! My favorite film, my favorite city – what more can I ask for?

    thank you!

    btw a close friend was a child living on E116th and Pleasant ave when the scenes were shot up there. He witnessed the shoot, saw Caan and the crew – also note that the Rheingold truck was used to block the FDR. The elevated walkway in the background was part of the old wire factory that ran parallel to the FDR. I believe it is now a mall of some kind.

  58. I also read that the interior hospital scenes (where Michael and the nurse move Vito’s bed) were shot at the old New York Eye & Ear Infirmary on Second Avenue. The NYEE is a client of the company I work for and I’ve asked my contacts there about it but nobody seems able to confirm it.

  59. Very enjoyable site on one of my all-time favorite films. One error in a scene description – the boardroom scene would have been the New York Central Railroad – the Penn Central, which included the New York Central, was created in 1968.

  60. We just re-viewed Godfather I and II last week, so we especially appreciated this content.

    While Godfather I was in production, I was working as Production Manager on the Mr. Rogers TV show in Pittsburgh. Many New York producers of TV shows and films were fans of our show, and I was invited by other production professionals to visit studios and locations in New York for two days.

    As part of this visit, I was taken to the Godfather house site on Staten Island. The prior day they had completed principal shooting of the wedding. This day they were shooting additional scenes of family and friends at a long guest table in the yard. Assistant directors were running around with Polaroids from the previous day, making sure every detail was exactly the same as in the prior footage.

    That afternoon I was taken to the Manhattan studio where interiors were shot. Most impressive was Vito’s study, which had been fabricated in the studio, rather than being in the actual house. Nearby was a wooden tollbooth that, unknown to me, would be where Sonny later meets his death.

  61. …there’s one photo that may show the hotel lobby and bar: http://cdn.brownstoner.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Hotel-St.-George-lobby-1910.jpg

  62. Exterior views of the California mansion of movie boss Jack Woltz, of horse-head infamy, are of the former William Randolph Hearst estate in Beverly Hills, while the interior views were filmed at the Falaise estate on Long Island. Woltz gets very different treatment in the movie and in the original novel. In the movie he’s a stubborn executive but not otherwise a bad person, while in the novel it’s made very clear that he’s a pedophile.

    The Sicily scenes couldn’t be filmed in the town of Corleone, as it was too modern-looking. Two nearby villages stood in for it.

  63. Can’t get enough of the Godfather ,I like to see Godfather part 2 locations also filmway studios in the Bronx that’s where the interior shots of the Dons office was taken now it’s a food store !

  64. Scout:
    Outstanding work for your Godfather photos and historical research. Your untiring efforts made to investigate the facts behind each scene are certainly appreciated, especially those associated with Sonny’s demise at the tolls booths. Viewing each photo, combined with your subtitles, was similar to being taken back into the original film.

  65. The Best & Co. store in the Michael and Kay shopping scene had closed around a year prior to the filming, though the building was (obviously) still standing.

  66. The Hotel St. George is now student housing. I lived there in 2005. A bunch of different schools have students living there, including Pratt and the Fashion Institute of Technology. It’s operated by a company called Educational Housing Services. Here’s the website:

    http://www.studenthousing.org/live/st-george-clark

  67. the diner is in queens at rust st and maspeth ave

  68. Yes, the diner is on Rust St in Maspeth, Queens. They have a bunch of photos and signed memorabilia from the movie there. The Rust St area is a scouting goldmine. Be sure to check out the Widdard Dickard factory building.

  69. I found the actual gravestone used in the film many years ago at Fasolino monuments nearby the Cemetery. They either sold or donated it to a school in Long Island City. My wife and I saw it in a lobby near some elevators there, but I haven’t visited there in years.
    Also, I haven’t read all the posts, but supposedly, the barber shop “Moe Greene” scene was shot at the St. Regis Hotel. Hence the ST. R on the window outside the shop.

  70. The stone wall at the NY Godfather house was a prop made of stucco and cardboard. I saw a piece a few years ago about the guy who sold the house. He said part of it was still up in the side yard. FactsFromTexas. Cheers, Stockbauer

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