New York: Top 5 of Leon filming locations

Leon is a hit man living in the Big Apple. He shelters his next-door neighbour, Mathilda, after the murder of her entire family. The New York epic that Mathilda will live through in her quest for revenge, accompanied by Leon, makes this film a must see.

Leon, the New York killer

Leon is the inconvenient guy who lives in his shady apartment, but you want to follow in his footsteps. Something that can be done with the New York guide of the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels!

1. Leon’s apartment

Leon (Jean Reno) lives in this New York apartment building with only a green plant for company. Then one day, the young Mathilda (Natalie Portman) enters. Located in the Carnegie Hill neighborhood, this typical 1920 building has six floors for a total of twenty-five apartments. Written by Luc Besson, Leon is a great success on both sides of the Atlantic. Thanks to this success, the filmmaker was able to launch the production of The Fifth Element.

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2. DEA offices

1 Centre Street, New York - Photo credit: Fantrippers
1 Centre Street, New York – Photo credit: Fantrippers

Locating Norman Stansfield (Gary Oldman), the corrupt agent responsible for the murder of his family, Mathilda (Natalie Portman) follows him to his job with the aim of assassinating him. In reality, the Manhattan Municipal Building does not house the offices of the DEA but the municipal services of New York City. With a height of 580-foot and an area of 1 million square feet, it is one of the largest administrative buildings in the world. Nearly 2,000 people work there every day.

Address: 1 Centre Street, New York, USA

3. Roosevelt Island Tramway

Roosevelt Island Tramway New York
Roosevelt Island Tramway New York. Photo credit: Fantrippers

Symbolically leaving her criminal life behind, Mathilda takes this cable car to return to school. The Queensboro Bridge was introduced in 1976 as an interim solution until a subway station could be opened on Roosevelt Island. When it became operational in 1989, the inhabitants mobilized to preserve it.

Address: 298 East 60th Street, New York, USA

4. Pine Bank Arch, training with Leon

It is from a rooftop and armed with a rifle, that Mathilda is initiated by Leon (Jean Reno) to her trade. With a fake ball, it hits a man jogging just after he has passed under this historic 1861 Central Park feature. This is one of the last cast iron bridges in the park.

Address: Central Park, New York, USA

5. Times Square

Times Square - Leon
Times Square – Leon

In one of the last scenes, Mathilda crosses Times Square at night carrying Leon’s plant in her arms.

Address: 1552-1570 Broadway, New York, USA

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By Damien Duarte

Tuesday, July 17, 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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