Goodfellas, 1990

Director

Martin Scorsese

Cast



visit the film locations

New York: Flights: JFK Airport

Astoria; Woodside; Maspeth

Jackson Hole Diner, 69-35 Astoria Boulevard at 70th Street in Queens (tel: 718.204.7070)

Clinton Diner, 56-26 Maspeth Avenue at Maurice Avenue, Maspeth (Middle Village-Metropolitan Avenue, M Line Nassau Street Local)

Lido Cabaret, 73-20 Grand Avenue at 73rd Place, Maspeth, Queens (Grand Avenue-Newtown, R Line Queens Boulevard-Broadway-4 Avenue Local or V Line 6 Avenue Local)

Salerno’s Restaurant, 11711 Hillside Avenue at Myrtle Avenue, Richmond Hill, Queens (tel: 718.846.9332) (121st Street, J &Z Lines)

Trivia

Woodside is seen in Spider-Man

For more of Martin Scorsese's New York, see Mean Streets and Taxi Driver

Goodfellas filming location: 32nd Street, Astoria, Queens

Goodfellas filming location: young Henry Hill's home: 2409 32nd Street, Astoria, Queens

There’s no trace of special pleading in Martin Scorsese’s hard-eyed look at the career of Henry Hill, shot entirely on location around New York City, the borough of Queens and New Jersey.

The home of young Henry (Christopher Serrone), where he enviously watches the sharp-suited wiseguys, is 24-09 32nd Street, just south of 24th Avenue, Astoria, in Queens.

Goodfellas filming location: Jackson Hole Diner, Astoria Boulevard, Queens

Goodfellas filming location: The diner near the airport: Jackson Hole Diner, Astoria Boulevard, Queens

The ‘Idlewild Airport’ scenes used the cargo buildings of Kennedy Airport. Idlewild became Kennedy Airport in 1963, but it's near to New York's other main airport, LaGuardia, that you’ll find the ‘Airline Diner’, where the grown-up Hill (Ray Liotta) and pal Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) steal a truck. It’s now part of the Jackson Hole franchise. Confusingly, but thankfully, it keeps the famous old neon ‘Airline’ sign. You can grab a burger in the classic pink and chrome interior of the Jackson Hole Diner, 69-35 Astoria Boulevard at 70th Street in Queens (tel: 718.204.7070).

The kitschy Bamboo Lounge, where Tommy does his scary “funny guy” turn was the Hawaii Kai Restaurant, 49th Street at Broadway. It’s now a stylish Japanese restaurant and the glorious South Seas decor is only a memory.

Goodfellas filming location: Salerno's Restaurant, Hillside Avenue, Richmond Hill, Queens

Goodfellas filming location: The disastrous double date: Salerno’s Restaurant, Hillside Avenue, Richmond Hill, Queens

Karen (Lorraine Bracco) is distinctly unimpressed with Hill on the first disastrous double date, at Salerno’s Restaurant, 11711 Hillside Avenue at Myrtle Avenue, Richmond Hill, Queens (tel: 718.846.9332). Salerno’s has since featured in Awake, with Hayden Christensen.

Goodfellas filming location: The old Copacabana: 10 East 60th Street, New York

Goodfellas filming location: The old Copacabana: 10 East 60th Street, New York

But Hill goes on to make a little more of an impression, whisking her through the kitchen entrance of the old Copacabana Nightclub (now closed), 10 East 60th Street at Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. You can still see the entrance used for the electrifying tracking shot.

The posh beach club, where Hill relaxes with Karen after his first big airport job, is the Catalina Beach Club, 2041 Park Street in Atlantic Beach (tel: 516.239.2150) on Long Island’s southwest coast.

Goodfellas filming location: Sogdiana Restaurant, Grand Avenue, Maspeth, Queens

Goodfellas filming location: Henry Hill’s ‘Suite Lounge’: Sogdiana Restaurant, Grand Avenue, Maspeth, Queens

Hill’s ‘Suite Lounge’, where Billy Batts gets stomped into a bloody pulp, to the gentle hippie strains of Donovan’s Atlantis, is Lido Cabaret (formerly the Spartan Restaurant), 73-20 Grand Avenue at 73rd Place, Maspeth, Queens. Although it’s still recognisable, the streamlined fifties exterior has been somewhat remodelled since filming.

Goodfellas filming location: Long Island Railroad tracks on Babbage Street, Richmond Hills, Queens

Goodfellas filming location: bodies in the Cadillac: Long Island Railroad tracks on Babbage Street, Richmond Hills, Queens

As Jimmy Conway (Robert de Niro) cuts the links between himself and the airline robbery, bodies start to turn up all over. Kids discover the bloody couple in a pink Cadillac under the trestle of the Long Island Railroad tracks on Babbage Street, alongside Salerno’s in Richmond Hills.

Goodfellas filming location: Jackson Hole Diner, Astoria Boulevard, Queens

Goodfellas filming location: hearing that Tommy has been whacked: Clinton Diner, Maspeth Avenue, Maspeth, Queens

Karen’s edgy meeting with the increasingly paranoid Conway was filmed on Smith Street at 9th Street, alongside the Gowanus Canal, under the elevated railway F Line in Brooklyn’s dodgy Red Hook district.

The shopping mall where coked-out Hill makes a phone call about being followed by a ’copter, is on Richmond Avenue, Staten Island.

Filming also took place on the Palisades Parkway, which runs along the west bank of the Hudson River in New Jersey; at Fort Lee, just over the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey; at New Rochelle on Route 95 north of New York City; on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn; in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and at Valley Stream, Long Island.

Henry Hill’s trial, where he finally informs on Jimmy and boss Paulie (Paul Sorvino), was filmed in New York County Courthouse, 60 Centre Street.

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