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New York: Top 5 subway stations from your favorite movies or series

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Underground in Manhattan, most often above ground elsewhere, the New York subway transports 5.6 million passengers a day. With 425 stations it ranks as number one worldwide. Take the time to stop at these stations…

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Take New York subway it's very difficult, but just to see the marvelous places, we take. Discover 5 of them here and in our guide New York of 1000 cult movies, series, musics, comics and novels locations.

Guide New York of 1000 cult movies, series, musics, comics and novels locations

Hoyt-Schermerhorn Station

On Crocodile Dundee, It’s at the Columbus Circle subway station that the final scene unfolds, in which Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski) declares her love to Crocodile Dundee (Paul Hogan) in the middle of the crowd. But in reality, the scene was shot at the Hoyt-Schmerhorn station.

At the time of Michael Jackson’s death in 2009, a member of the New York City Council suggested renaming the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station in honor of the King of Pop, who had filmed the clip for BAD here. The suggestion was turned down by the MTA, the governing body, and so the station has kept the name of the two streets it serves.

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62 Street Station

On The French Connection, starting out at the Bay 50 St Station, the memorable train-and-car chase scene ends at the top of the aerial train station steps.  The scene required five weeks of shooting and ends with the death of the villainous Pierre Nicoli (Marcel Bossuffi), killed by detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman).

New York and the above ground subway, an image fixed in the collective imagination. To experience it, you have to move away from Manhattan. Why not to Brooklyn, going towards Coney Island? Take a break here and you’ll discover a very photogenic place.

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Old City Hall Station

On Fantastic Beasts And where to find them, the historical City Hall station, open in 1904, was recreated in a studio for the final combat scene and the discovery of who is Grindelwald. Closed since 1945 when trains were getting longer and needed bigger platforms, it is, however, still possible to see it today.  To do that, take Line 6 to the terminus “Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall”. Don’t get off the subway. After a short pause, the train will do a u-turn in this exquisite abandoned station that you can marvel at.

Feel like a trip back in time? There’s a little trick to discover this magnificent Art Deco Station closed since 1945. At the terminus of line 6, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall, stay in the car if they let you. The conductors usually don’t mind but nothing obliges them to do so. The train will then turn around in this secret and magnificent place.

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Lexington Ave Subway Grate

On The Seven Year Itch, While Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) is taking a walk with the gorgeous blond played by Marilyn Monroe, her skirt is blown up by a draft through the grate as a subway passes underneath. This mythical scene in worldwide cinema contributed to the end of her marriage with Joe DiMaggio, furious to see his wife on display like this. Even though the scene started here, it finally finished in another location.  Having found out that filming was taking place at this precise spot, a lot of noisy fans hurried here to gaze at the star. After several failed takes, the director, Billy Wilder, finally decided to film this sequence in a studio. Ladies, look out for the drafts!

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149th St-Grand Concourse Station

In The Get Down, the bench seen in the 149th-Grand Concourse station is part of Bronx heritage and called the “Writer’s Bench”.  It’s here that the graffiti artists of the 70s used to get together, set out to do “fieldwork” or just watch the trains go by covered with graffiti and admire the work of others.  Today the metros are not covered in graffiti but a plaque does recount the history of this bench.

The 70s and 80s were the golden age of graffiti and subway art in New York. The aerosol kings got together on writers’ benches to compare their piece books, but also and foremost to watch the freshly painted trains go by and comment on the work of their fellow artists (an activity known as benching). The bench at the 149thSt Grand Concourse station was the most famous and the gathering point for graffiti artists from the four corners of the city; a commemorative plaque recounts this bit of history.

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