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

With Gatto in tow, they take off driving down 5th Avenue at 45th Street, passing the Samuel French building on the right…

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The killing takes place behind the Statue of Liberty’s watchful gaze in New Jersey…

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…today known as Freedom Way, which cuts through Liberty State Park:


Michael goes to his father’s hospital and stays guard out front, helping to stave off a second assassination attempt.

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This was shot at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx – not the current Lincoln Hospital on 149th Street, but its previous location at 140th Street & Southern Boulevard, since demolished.


Finding information and pictures of Old Lincoln Hospital is surprisingly hard – I’m not even quite sure when they tore it down. Here’s a picture of the hospital from its early days (it opened in 1899):


Today, it’s an enormous lot used by the NYPD.

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Following his recovery, Corleone heads home via the hospital’s side ramp.



At the Corleone compound, security is tight. Very curious if they added the balcony for filming:

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Michael decides to avenge his father by killing Sollozzo and the corrupt police captain McCluskey. A meeting is arranged, and he’s picked up in front of Jack Dempsey’s, a famous restaurant owned by the boxer at 1619 Broadway.

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Up until recently, it was a computer store. Today, it’s empty.


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.

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This was actually shot on the 59th Street Bridge, back in a time when you could make a u-turn.


As expected, Sollozzo takes them to Louis Restaurant in the Bronx, located at 3531 White Plains Road.

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Today, it’s a fabric store.


For some reason, a rumor has persisted that the scene was filmed in a place called Luna’s, which may or may not have been on Arthur Avenue. This is 100% not true. Louis was very much a real restaurant…

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…and today it looks like this.


While most of it has changed, there are some remnants. The tin ceilings are in place…


Also, the owner was willing to pull up some of the carpet when Fox News took a trip up there, revealing that the distinctive tilework still exists:


As for the bathroom, where Michael finds the gun hidden behind the water box?

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It’s been completely changed…


…but you can still see marks from where the water box was once mounted.


Michael 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.

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Carlo is hanging out on a stoop wearing a killer orange outfit…

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…which 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.


Here’s a full shot of the cobble-stoned street today:


As Carlo spots Sonny, we get a shot of kids playing in front of an open fire-hydrant.

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That fire hydrant is still here, though has thankfully been repaired.


Sonny takes Carlo and beats him against a brick wall across the street from his stoop.

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According to legend, the fight left actor Gianni Russo with broken ribs and a cracked elbow.


One last shot of Carlo down for the count.

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Some time later, Sonny learns that despite his recent punishment, Carlo has again beaten up Connie. Sonny rushes out of the house for vengeance. Tom follows after…

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As Sonny speeds toward the tollbooths and the site of his gruesome demise, we encounter one of the most misidentified locations in the film. The tollbooths were fake, but where exactly were they built?


While many will tell you Floyd Bennett Field (which may have been in contention as a shooting location early on), the scene was actually staged at the old Mitchel Air Force Base in Garden City, Long Island on Runway 5/23. Sadly, nearly all of Mitchel Field has disappeared beneath a college, an arena, a park, a museum, etc., etc., and it seem unlikely that the toll booth runway might still remain.


Except – see that strange yellowish u-shaped road in the top right corner? That’s the last bit of abandoned runway left over from Mitchel AFB, along with the small access road curving off of it. It’s on that access road where they shot The Godfather’s tollbooth scene.


Following the Google satellite image, I got as close to the runway as possible, parking in a Nassau County Community College parking lot. But where was it?


I headed toward the embankment…


…fought my way through a bunch of weeds…


…and there it was – Mitchel AFB’s abandoned runway.


Starting from the left, Sonny would have driven toward us, then turned onto that service road and curved around to the toll booths.


Here’s Sonny approaching on the main runway (the embankment has built up somewhat over the years):



Sonny pulls up to the tolls…

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Thugs in front get out to shoot him…

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…leaving Sonny a bloodied mess. I’d love to know if those white lines are left over from filming.

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  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.


  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?

    • I really enjoy all the posts on this site, but since I live in LA, I’d also like the link to Scouting LA.

  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 – 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:

    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!

      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”!!!

  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:

  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)

    • I had breakfast many times in the diner on Christopher Street,near the West Side Hwy….not the other way around.

  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:

  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?

    • Mariano Paniello

      Don’t mean to dispute your memories, but the Little Italy scenes in GFII were shot on East 6th between Ave A and B; it’s in the documentary that comes with the Blu Ray.

  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…

  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.

    • That is, the hospital bed scene in the hospital room. The exterior is Lincoln Hospital but the room is NY E & E Infirmary.

  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!

    • When i was in 10th grade at evander hs on gun hill rd in the bronx in 1971 i went over after school and saw filming of god father
      at lugis resturant on white plains rd at gunhill and shook al pacino hand during break of scene

  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:

  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?
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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!

    • LOL!

      I really love your Scoutingny site, Thanks so much for all the work you’ve put into this.
      I’m going up to NYC in a couple of days and it should really come in handy for some NYC film site pilgrimages that I’ll be making.

  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.

    • The Godfather was filmed in 1971, so it would have been Penn Central by then. Remember, it was filmed there but didn’t necessarily take place there. They never mention in the film where the board room is.

  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:

  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.

    • In two of the deleted scenes on the Blu-Ray it’s also made pretty clear that Woltz is a pedophile.

  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:

  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

  71. The barber shop scene, Michael’s dinner with Kay, Clemenza shooting into the elevator, Willy Cici shooting the boss through the revolving door were all filmed at the St. Regis Hotel on E55th St. and 5th Ave. In fact, in the capture above of the barber shop, you can see the St. Regis’ initials on the window.

  72. According to “The Godfather Journal,” a day-to-day account of the filming of THE GODFATHER by Ira Zuckerman, the toll booth scene was indeed shot at Nassau Community College. The billboard was strategically placed to hide the modern high rise (evidently the one we see in your photo).

    However, only the Don leaving the hospital by ambulance was shot at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, the exterior of Michael standing outside with Enzo the baker was shot at Bellevue Hospital, the 29th St. entrance (with close-ups filmed on the Paramount lot in Hollywood). The29th St. side Bellevue entrance has been closed off since 2001, but an identical entrance is on the 30th St. side of the building and matches the entrance in the film perfectly. The interior hospital scenes were shot at the Eye and Ear Hospital on 13th Street and 2nd Ave. That location is also comparable in appearance as it was in March, 1971 when they shot the scene.

  73. The Edison Hotel did indeed have those exact fish etched on the thick glass door connecting the elevator bay area of the lobby to the bar. Can’t vouch for the inside, though. Maybe they showed Brasi entering the bar from the Edison lobby and duplicated the glass door for continuity if and when they changed locations.

    Thanks for these, Scout! All the best.

  74. boy does this back memories,firsr of all I lived on staten island while there filmed there,carlo was a friend of family.also I was driving a bus on ave b while they filmed there.when they had the shooting with the guy running out on ave b I had to wait with my bus on ave b and 4th till they finished.yes they really changed the looks of everything there.there will never be any pictures like that again.back in the 50s we use to go to the st George hotel on a certain night when was strickly men only[no bathing suits].I believe there are plenty of people that remember that.i miss there ave b bus line that when under around 1980,i had to retire due to sickness and moved to st pete fl.

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  76. The 55th Street entrance to the Wellington Hotel looks very much like the location where one of the heads of a family gets locked in the revolving door and killed during the baptism assassination sequence. I have no proof that this is the location. It is just a hunch coming from me staying there on my only trip to NYC and as I went out that door knew that I had seen it before. Then watching the movie again later this year convinced myself that was why it was familiar. I am curious if any NY’ers could look closer and see what you think.

    • Mariano Paniello

      See my comment below. I’d guess the St Regis, because that’s where he gets his shave (SR monogram on door), then runs up the stairs to shoot the guy. Perhaps they filmed in two different locations, but I’ll go to the St Regis tomorrow to investigate! There are two signs visible by the revolving doors: Florist (from Cicci’s perspective), and Maisonette (from the victim’s perspective).

    • I stayed at the Wellington in January and have just watched the Godfather again. As soon as I saw the assassination in the revolving door I was certain it was the Wellington. I showed my wife and she agrees. The “florist” sign is now for a cafe and a door through to it and the “maisonettes” sign is for a gift shop. I’m certain its that side door to the Wellington

  77. The Godfather house on Staten Island is on sale. How cool would it be if you could get some interior shots. (assuming they used the interior, of course)

  78. Mariano Paniello

    Old man Tattaglia was perhaps hit in Coney Island somewhere; you can see the beach and boardwalk outside the window as the hit men prepare. It seems like he was in bed with one of his hookers at a beach-side hotel. The barber shop where Cicci is getting a shave is definitely at the St Regis: you can clearly see an SR monogram on the front door. The revolving doors, I’d guess, are also at the St Regis.

  79. What a surprise to see Lincoln Hospital in your pictures. I was born there in 1949. Loved your website. What an amazing collection of pictures. The time and effort you put into this is amazing. Well done.

  80. When they kill Paulie, looks like they are in the middle of a country field, but you can see the Statue of Liberty in the background. I am assuming they are in NJ but where at exactly?

  81. 1) A spraying fire hydrant is not in need of repair. These guys wedged a wooden box it seems to make it spray; in the late 60s/early 70s an adult from the neighborhood would go down to the fire station and get a special sprinkler cap for the “Johnny pump,” resulting in exactly what is seen in the movie. Good times 🙂
    2) The silver diner looks like the one (not in use?) on Northern Blvd in Long Island City, Queens right by Best Buy, around 50th St.

  82. Never forget that the radio playing at the tollbooth is Russ Hodges’ calling Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World.” Listen closely to it…Clint Hartung is down at third when the toll booth clerk closes the window.

  83. Can’t help you on photos of the St. George’s Hotel, but it played an important role in my family’s history: my parents were married there on Columbus Day in 1957.

    It was a strange event: British Jews (my mother’s family) meeting American Jews (my father’s family). The British were civil servants and military, the Americans were small retailers. The Americans emerged baffled by the British “reserve,” casual talk of “military matters,” talk about the Spurs and the Ashes, and loyalty to the Crown. The Britons were puzzled by the Americans golfing down the chopped liver, talking loudly in Yiddish, being obsessed with keeping their struggling businesses afloat, and greatly annoyed that the Yankees had done badly in the World Series and that the Giants and Dodgers were leaving town…whoever they were.

    That set the tone for a marriage that lasted 37 years…Dad summed it up best with a cartoon he drew (he was a brilliant cartoonist) in which he comes home, and Mom says, “As I was cooking the hamburgers, I pondered the meaning of life. I couldn’t get an answer.” Dad replies, “Have you tried chicken?”

  84. My grandfather hired day laborers for the New York Central Railroad out of a Little Italy location just around the time young Vito Corleone was establishng himself in the neighborhood. Scriptwise that is….From time to time young Frank,in realtime and records may indicate or at least the Puzzo family lore leads me to believe, he actually would hire Mario Puzzo’s father to go out on the line and work with hundreds of others breaking the ballast along the rail line to prevent flooding on or aliong it.
    Frank Speno steeled himself from the Black Hand. He had an armed driver named Luigi and 2 doberman’s. As well, his assiciation with uptown Railway scions and other industrialists provided a formidable barrier to infiltration by the mob or Cosa Nostra. Not bad for an immigrant who started out at 13 carrying water along the tracks.
    Francis went on to forming an International Railway service. But I can’t help it, everytime I see those sequences from Godfather II, Robert DInero walikng the steets, deiivering groceries from his job, during San Genero.. That somewhere, during that time there really was a young Frank Speno walikng those same streets. At that same festival.. Alllowing me, in a cinematically suspended disbelief, a glimpse of my Grandfather.. wending his way to his office. Living his life via a movie. A trip in the way back machine to a well crafted world of then. It does make it real for me. So thanks for the detail Mr. Coppola..

  85. Regarding the murder scene of Brasi in the lobby bar of the Hotel St. George: yes, it was indeed filmed there. The place was pretty run down post-filming and by 1978 had become a truly seedy strip club. But it still had a horseshoe-shaped bar, checkerboard floor tiles still present, and there were were lots of art deco elements throughout — gilded Japanese goldfish etched in glass were a repeating theme.

    Here’s the thing: the last time I visited Brooklyn Heights, a few years ago, the entrance to this bar – including the Art Deco goldfish – were still visible from inside the Clark Street subway station. The glass doors were largely boarded up and padlocked, and could be seen only from several yards away. But if they’re still there today, look directly to your left as you enter through the subway station turnstiles — you may still glimpse the doors. What’s behind them … I’ve always wondered.

  86. They shared the Oscar for Greatest Cinematography.

  87. Not to press a point, but about the George Washington Bridge scene…

    Nobody who has ever used the GW Bridge would mistake that scene to imply that Sollozzo’s car was already on the bridge. They were driving from Midtown Manhattan, so they drove north, crossed the Harlem River on one of the several bridges and got on to the Triboro Bridge system, which has a component bridge that looks very much like the scene in the movie, and which would obligingly point you toward the GW Bridge. Sollozzo did a U-turn and exited the Triboro Bridge overpass at one of the exits while still in the Bronx.

    At least that’s the only way I can make sense of it. You can, of course, take the East River Drive or the Hudson River Drive to the Bridge instead of the Triboro Bridge, but that doesn’t fit the way things look in the movie.

  88. Used to work in locations myself in the late 80’s early 90’s. I’m from queens, and in the 70’s some big films were shot around the middle village area. It’s an area with a lot of cemetery’s. Ideal for not bothering any residents. Anyway. That old aluminum diner looks like one that was on woodhaven Blvd, right before metropolitan ave. It was still there into the early 80’s but now is gone. Can’t be sure, but it sure looks like it.

  89. Used to work in locations myself in the late 80’s early 90’s. I’m from queens, and in the 70’s some big films were shot around the middle village area. It’s an area with a lot of cemetery’s. Ideal for not bothering any residents. Anyway. That old aluminum diner looks like one that was on woodhaven Blvd, right before metropolitan ave. It was still there into the early 80’s but now is gone. Can’t be sure, but it sure looks like it.they even sold Christmas trees jyst like that at xmas

  90. The barbershop was in the St. Regis Hotel downstairs from the lobby. As soon as you go down the steps, you’ll know it.

  91. Erik Christiansen

    I realize this is a little off topic but, perhaps, somebody on a board like this would be able to help.

    I’m an American expat, teaching a film appreciation course in English, in Warsaw, Poland. I use the Godfather trilogy extensively. I’m off to Sicily shortly, and would like to get some help finding some shooting locations there.

    One in particular. Don Ciccio’s villa.

    I’ve been communicating with three of the producers/location people from GFII. They all remember the site, but it was so long ago, blah, blah, blah. They are all pretty old.

    One, however, said he was sure it was in Catania, and described De Niro driving the car. So, I started searching in Catania. Catania isn’t merely a city, but a province as well. So, I started contacting anybody I could think of, in the area, who might know. I managed to talk to a tour agent who knew the approximate location. She didn’t have an exact address, and said it is nearly destroyed. She also said she didn’t know who the owner was, but that it wasn’t accessible to the public. She said it is close to the town of Acireale, between Santa Tecla and Strazzo, which narrows it down further. So, I Google map searched that stretch.

    I also figure, from looking closely at the second scene with the house, that it must face southward. Just before Vito guts Don Ciccio, you can see the sea behind him, and he is facing toward the left where Don Ciccio is snoozing on the front porch. This is actually a screw up. Corleone, where this villa is supposed to be, is nowhere near the sea. Just luck.

    So, now all I have to do is drive up and down all the east-west running streets between Santa Tecla and Strazzo, looking to the right (north) for the house. Hopefully the front gate, or something is recognizable.

    That’s the plan for now. I have a couple of contacts, that I got from my Hollywood producer contacts, who are in Rome, and apparently were location scouts for the film. So, I might be able to narrow it down further before I leave for Sicily in June.

    If anybody has any other ideas, clues, thoughts, experience in the area, contacts, etc. please let me know. I’ll post pictures when I return in July.

  92. Thanks for all of your fantastic work putting this together. As a former location scout I can appreciate the amount of time and effort this took!!! Especially loved your detective work finding the toll booth location. Wow! Just fantastic.

  93. My parents had their wedding reception at the Hotel St. George in 1952 in the rooftop ballroom I have photos of that room and reception.