New York: Top 10 Godfather locations

Considered one of the greatest films of world cinema and winner of three Oscars, Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather is a realistic portrait of the mafia in New York in the 1950s. The trilogy has left its mark on generations of spectators.
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The Godfather (Part 1)

Follow in the footsteps of the Godfather with the New York guide of 1000 cult places from movies, series, music, comics and novels.

Corleone Family House

110 Longfellow Avenue, home of the Godfather - Photo credit: Fantrippers
110 Longfellow Avenue – Photo credit: Fantrippers

This is where the Godfather’s daughter’s wedding takes place during the opening scene. Throughout this first part, most of the major decisions are made there. The house hasn’t changed and the current owners want it to remain true to the film. The most convenient way to get there is by taxi.

Address: 110 Longfellow Avenue, Staten Island, New York, USA

The St Regis

St Regis - Photo credit: Fantrippers
St Regis – Photo credit: Fantrippers

After learning on the way out of Radio City Hall with Kay (Diane Keaton) that her father had been the victim of an assassination attempt, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) dines with his girlfriend in one of the hotel suites. He asks the young woman to return to her parents’ home while he goes to see her father in the hospital, who has now disappeared. No need also to go to the place where the Don is shot (128 Mott Street), the place is unrecognizable.

Address: 2 East 55th Street, New York, USA

Jack Demsey’s

Jack Dempsey's - The Godfather
Jack Dempsey’s – The Godfather

Michael is waiting outside this restaurant for Virgil Sollozzo (Al Lettieri) and Police Captain McClusky (Sterling Hayden) to drive with them to a place they have chosen. The objective is to explain, but once they arrive, Michael murders them after retrieving a gun hidden in the toilet. If this scene takes place in the Bronx in the Chez Louis restaurant, whose façade can be seen, it was shot at the Luna Restaurant, a little further away, and the owner and his wife played their own roles. Both restaurants no longer exist today.

Address: 36 West 33rd Street, New York, USA

Hotel Edison

Just before being murdered, Luca Brasi (Lenny Montana) meets Virgil Sollozzo (Al Lettieri) in a bar. In fact, it is Sofia’s, the hotel restaurant, transformed for the shooting.

Address: 226 West 47th Street, New York, USA

First Calvary Cemetery

First Calvary Cemetery, The Godfather Cemetery - Photo credit: Fantrippers
First Calvary Cemetery – Photo credit: Fantrippers

The Godfather’s funeral takes place in this immense cemetery, the largest in the United States, with three million people buried there. To make this scene spectacular, the production had used 150 extras, 20 limousines and $12,000 worth of flowers!

Address: 34-02 Greenpoint Avenue, Queens, New York, USA

St. Patrick’s old Cathedral

St Patrick's Old Cathedral - The Godfather
St Patrick’s Old Cathedral – The Godfather

Michael attends a christening while his enemies are murdered. Only the interior scenes were shot here, the exterior being that of the Catholic Charities of Staten Island (6581 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island). For the anecdote, the Mass was conducted by a real bishop.

Address: 273 Mott Street, New York, USA

House of Peter Clemenza

1999 East 5th Street - Photo credit: Fantrippers
1999 East 5th Street – Photo credit: Fantrippers

The Godfather’s right-hand man, Peter Clemenza (Richard S. Castellano) lives in this small Brooklyn home. He’s famous for his line: “Leave the gun; take the cannelloni.”

Address: 1999 East 5th Street, Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Ellis Island

As a teenager, Vito arrives in Manhattan and is mistakenly given the name Corleone, corresponding to his native village in Sicily. Like all immigrants in the early 20th century, the Statue of Liberty was the first vision of the young Vito Corleone when he arrived in America.

Address: New York, USA

Fanucci murder

In 1917, Vito assassinates Don Fanucci, the representative of the mafia, thus gaining the trust of the neighbourhood. He then begins to intercede in local conflicts, gradually becoming the Godfather.

Address: 538 East 6th Street, New York, USA

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Mulberry Street Bar

Vincent Mancini-Corleone (Andy Garcia), Michael’s nephew, begins to get close to Michael’s daughter Mary (Sofia Coppola) by going to have a drink in this bar. Mary was originally intended to be played by Winona Ryder but she gave up at the beginning of the shoot because she was too stressed. Francis Ford Coppola then decided to replace her with his own daughter, Sofia, who was 19 at the time.

Address: 176 Mulberry Street, New York, USA

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By Damien Duarte

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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