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Sunday September 23rd 2018

Hello, Dolly! | 1969

Hello, Dolly! filming location: Dock Street, Garrisons Landing, Garrison, New York State
Hello, Dolly! location: 'Horace Vandergelder’s Grocery Store': Dock Street, Garrisons Landing, Garrison, New York State | Photograph: flickr / Joseph

Twentieth Century-Fox lashed out two million dollars on the famous turn-of-the-century New York Street, which still earns its keep on the Fox lot (you can see it in the sepia photo-montage of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid).

For location filming, the town of Garrison, on the Hudson River, upstate New York, was ‘beautified’ to the tune of another half a million dollars. Garrison is on Highway 9d, about 30 miles north of New York City , just over the Hudson from West Point Military Academy.

Hello, Dolly! filming location: Garrison Station, Garrison, New York State
Hello, Dolly! location: 'Yonkers' railway station: Garrison Station, Garrison, New York State | Photograph: wikimedia / Daniel Case

Some of the movie’s dressing remains, including the gazebo in Waterfront Park (though this was replaced in the Seventies, when the original temporary wooden structure rotted), and the fake barbershop façade. 'Horace Vandergelder’s Grocery Store' was Garrison’s bed and breakfast, the Golden Eagle Inn, which retained the embossed ‘V’s on the hotel’s doors. The unchanged building, now business premises, stands on the tiny cul-de-sac of Dock Street, off Garrison Landing.

‘Yonkers Station’ is Garrison’s own railway station.