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Carlito's Way | 1993

Carlito's Way location: Gay Street, Greenwich Village
Carlito’s Way location: Gail’s apartment: Gay Street, Greenwich Village

In Brian De Palma's gutsy thriller, Al Pacino is ex-con Carlito Brigante trying to go straight, until scuzzy lawyer David Kleinfeld (Sean Penn) involves him in a crazy plot to spring a client from the notorious Riker's Island Prison Barge.

The island, in the East River north of Astoria, Queens, is reached by the Riker's Island Bridge from Hazen Street in Steinway just west of La Guardia Airport. Sean Connery is released from Riker’s Island at the beginning of Sidney Lumet’s The Anderson Tapes, and the facility later stood in for ‘Sing Sing’ prison in Analyze That.

Carlito's Way filming location: The old Copacabana: 10 East 60th Street, New York
Carlito’s Way filming location: Kleinfeld gets coked up at the club: site of the Copacabana: 10 East 60th Street, New York

The nightclub, where the coked-up Kleinfeld lets slip about the prison break, was the, now-closed, Copacabana, 10 East 60th Street at Madison Avenue on the east Side – site of the famous tracking shot in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas. The Copacabana closed in 1992 and the premises is now occupied by Greek restaurant Avra Madison, 14 East 60th Street.

Carlito's Way location: Joffrey Ballet School, Sixth Avenue, Greenwich Village
Carlito’s Way location: Carlito watches the dance class: Joffrey Ballet School, Sixth Avenue, Greenwich Village

Brigante, released from prison, watches old flame Gail (Penelope Ann Miller) from a rainswept roof. The dance class is at the Joffrey Ballet School on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 10th Street in Greenwich Village. Nearby, the turreted Gothic building past which Brigante follows Gail is the old New York Public Library on Sixth Avenue.

It’s in Le Figaro Cafe, which stood at 168 Bleecker Street at MacDougal Street, that the pair talk over old times. The premises is currently closed.

Gail's apartment is 17 Gay Street, also in the village, and it's at the end of Gay Street, at the junction with Waverly Place, that Brigante is arrested.

Carlito's Way location: Waverly Place, Greenwich Village, New York
Carlito’s Way location: Carlito gets arrested: Waverly Place, Greenwich Village, New York

Dodging the bad guys, Brigante jumps onto the South Ferry subway train at 125th Street Station on Park Avenue in Harlem.

Carlito's Way location: Grand Central Station, 42nd Street, New York
Carlito’s Way location: the shoot-out on the escalator: Grand Central Station, 42nd Street, New York

The final bravura confrontation takes place at Grand Central Station, 42nd Street at Park Avenue, with a bravura shoot-out sequence set on the Park Avenue escalator.