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STARRING: NEW YORK

NEW YORK IS THE BACKDROP TO SOME OF HOLLYWOOD’S GREATEST MOVIES – WALK ITS SIDEWALKS IN THE FICTIONAL FOOTSTEPS OF VILLAINS AND GANGSTERS, SUPERHEROES AND EVIL MONSTERS
PHOTOGRAPHS GARY LATHAM

LOCATION, LOCA TION, LOCATION

Even if you’ve never been to New York, you probably feel that you know the place. Like nowhere on Earth, its geography is mapped in our imagination. And, in no small part, this is because we’ve already seen it at the movies – be it Audrey Hepburn arriving on Fifth Avenue or an evil alien invasion appearing over Manhattan. A few spots are familiar to millions, but others go unnoticed by passers-by, unaware they are in the presence of a Hollywood great.

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GANGSTRES

Start a gangster movie pilgrimage in Brooklyn – specifcally Dumbo (nothing to do with the airborne elephant, it’s actually short for ‘Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass’). These days this is an affuent, bohemian neighbourhood of organic food stores and little galleries– but in the 1920s it was a dishevelled manufacturing district. Sergio Leone chose it as the setting for his crime saga Once Upon a Time in America (1984). Head to the corner of Washington and Water Street to see the view made famous from the movie poster: warehouses framing a prospect of the Manhattan Bridge, with the Empire State Building visible under its arches.

⚫ Next, catch the F train from York St to Broadway-Lafayette St

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