9 filming locations in New York for the John Wick saga


John Wick

Continental Hotel

The Continental Hotel offers a safe haven for all contract killers. The golden rule: it is forbidden to spill blood there, on pain of being excommunicated and in turn hunted. This is where John Wick (Keanu Reeves) comes to reconnect with his old contacts. The facade visible on the screen is that of the Beaver Building, also known as the Cocoa Exchange. This building evokes the famous Flatiron with its triangular shape. Today it houses a sushi restaurant of the Haru Sushi chain. The interior of the Continental, the lobby in particular, is that of the Cunard Building, located at 25 Broadway.

St Francis Xavier Church

John Wick enters this church and soon opens fire on members of the Russian mafia. The St. St. Francis Xavier Church is infamous for having been the scene of a panic movement that resulted in the deaths of seven people in 1877.

Calvary Cemetery

While attending his wife’s funeral, John Wick meets Marcus (Willem Dafoe), an old friend… More than three million people are buried in this huge Queens cemetery with the cinematic advantage of offering a breathtaking view of the New York skyline. A scene from The Godfather also takes place there. The actor Joe Spinell, seen in Maniac and Rocky, but also Joseph Lanza, one of the members of the Genovese Mafia family, rest there.

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Brooklyn Bridge

John Wick and his new dog walk to the Continental Hotel and across the Brooklyn Bridge. It is estimated that approximately 4,000 pedestrians, 2,600 cyclists and 125,000 motor vehicles pass by this illustrious building every day.

Aviary of the Bowery King

An enigmatic character, the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) raises pigeons on the roof of this building. Despite his title of King of the Bowery, the character actually sits atop a building in Brooklyn. A location with a breathtaking view of the Manhattan Bridge.

Bethesda Terrace

72 Terrace Drive, New York, USA

Having been forced to break the golden rule of the Continental Hotel, John Wick must face the sentence handed down by Winston (Ian McShane), the manager of the hotel. It was from Bethesda Terrace that Wick learned that there’s going to be a bounty on his head. Chased, he runs away, passes under the arches of the terrace and continues his run on the Central Park mall.

John Wick Parabellum

Continental Hotel

John Wick is forced to return to the Continental Hotel when every hit man in town is after him. In this third section, new parts of the establishment are discovered. The film crews moved into the Williamsburgh Savings Bank premises for the scenes taking place in the hitherto hidden part of the Continental.

Doyers Street

Wounded, John looks for a doctor but soon finds himself rubbing elbows with hired killers on this very popular street in Chinatown. It used to be called Bloody Angle because of the presence of the Tong gang in the 1930s. In 1994, Doyers Street was even the place where the most violent crimes were committed in the United States. Today, this is a very safe street. A guaranteed change of scenery in the heart of New York!

New York Public Library

While searching for a particular book, John Wick is attacked by a killer. Then begins a savage confrontation in the library shelves. John Wick 3 contains a tasty nod to The Matrix. When the hero tries to get weapons, you can hear him say, “Guns. Lots of Guns,” which is exactly the same line as in the Wachowski movie. For the record, John kills 94 people in this opus, compared to “only” 77 in the first of the franchise. On the other hand, it eliminates 128 in the second. “Parabellum” is part of the famous Latin line “Si vis pacem, para bellum” meaning “If you want peace, prepare for war”, but is also a weapon, Luger P08 otherwise known as Luger Parabellum. The ammunition for this weapon, the 9 mm Parabellum, is used for a large number of pistols and most machine pistols.

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By Anthony Thibault

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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