New York in Reel Life
by nycgo.com staff, 07/31/2012
Courtesy, Paramount Pictures
The Godfather (1972)
What happens: Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) comes to lead his brutal family business in this film, more or less universally recognized as a classic.
Notable spots: The Corleone mansion, a real house, is located in Staten Island. Michael and his fiancée, Kay, stay at The St. Regis. Among many other important locations in the film are St. Patrick's Old Cathedral (below) and the New York State Supreme Court Building on Foley Square.
Pro tip: The fictitious oil-import company Genco Olive Oil (where Vito Corleone's attempted assassination took place) was located at 128 Mott Street. That's a real building, but it's no longer considered Little Italy. These days, it's Chinatown.
Photo: Will Steacy