Posts tagged Moonstruck
Another favorite film of mine is “Moonstruck.” Cher plays Loretta Castorini, an Italian-American widow living with her parents in Brooklyn, who is torn between her fiancé and his brother.
First, here is a video montage created by my daughter Amber, containing her photos, as well as some of mine. Once you have enjoyed that, I have the locations listed below, with the photos. Not all locations in the video are up on this page yet…it’s a work in progress!
19 Cranberry Street, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
Here are two views of the Castorini House from the movie.
Loretta walking back to her house on Cranberry Street
West on Cranberry Street – Brooklyn Heights
From the movie, looking west on Cranberry Street, heading toward the Brooklyn Promenade, with its views of lower Manhattan.
Sackett & Henry Streets – Brooklyn
In this scene, Loretta goes to the Cammareri Bakery to invite her fiance’s brother to the wedding. Loretta is standing on the northwest corner of Sackett & Henry Streets, about to cross to the southeast corner to the Cammareri Bros. Bakery. This view is looking south on Henry Street.
May 2008. View from the northwest corner of Sackett & Henry Streets, looking south on Henry Street. The pharmacy from Moonstruck is still there on the left. On the right is the location where the Cammareri Bakery was located.
Loretta entering the cellar of the bakery to talk to Ronny.
May 2008. This is where the Cammareri Bros. Bakery was located, and the entrance to the cellar is on the right, by the SUV.
W. 4th & 12th Streets (Manhattan) – New York, NY
The fictitious restaurant, the Grand Ticino, is featured at various points in the movie. Its first appearance is during a scene when Loretta and Johnny are having dinner and Johnny proposes. Later, Loretta’s mother Rose (Olympia Dukakis), dines alone and meets Perry (John Mahoney), a college professor with a penchant for getting drinks thrown in his face by the college students he dates.
According to the street signs, the restaurant is located at Hicks & Cranberry Streets. The Castorini home is located at 19 Cranberry Street in Brooklyn, and the characters are depicted as being within a short walking distance.
May 2009. The actual location for the building is in the West Village in Manhattan, at 4th & 12th Streets.
Lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn Promenade
From the movie.
On day 2, we went up to Central Park. We went to Turtle Pond and Belvedere Castle (among others). Afterward, we exited to Central Park West, by the Museum of Natural History. We took the C from 81st to Columbus Circle, where we transferred to the D to Coney Island. We ate at Nathan’s, but it was fairly chilly, so we ate quickly!
We hopped back onto the D and took it to 20th Ave & 86th Street in Bensonhurst. We were originally going to walk around their Italian neighborhood and have a slice of pizza at Lenny’s, but having just ate at Nathan’s, we weren’t hungry. So next time…
Though the movie is set in Bay Ridge, as I said, this street is actually in Bensonhurst. It is featured in the film’s opening scene where Tony Manero, played by John Travolta, walked with the iconic paint can. To the right is Lenny’s Pizza, where Tony bought two slices of pizza and ate them double-decker style.
We next ventured to Bay Ridge, where many additional scenes in the film were shot. All my photos and screen captures for Saturday Night Fever are located here: Saturday Night Fever – Filming Locations
After Bay Ridge, we took the R, transferred to the F to Carroll Street. We walked up to Sackett and Henry Streets in Carroll Gardens to another filming location: the Cammareri Bakery from Moonstruck.
At one time, this location was the site of the Cammareri Bros. Bakery (as it was in the film), but they closed and the location is now occupied by Naidre’s. In 2006, Cammareri paired with Monteleone to form F. Monteleone & Cammareri Brothers. That bakery is located on Court Street, between Union & President Streets. We stopped there and we each had some gelato and cupcakes.
For more Moonstruck filming locations, click here to visit my Flickr site: Moonstruck – Filming Locations
Along the way, we went past the Hotel St. George, where my parents stayed after they got married. My father was in the Navy and stationed at the nearby Brooklyn Navy Yard, so they stayed at the Hotel St. George until they got an apartment on N. Elliott Place.
We then went back to our hotel and called it a night.
Slideshow of All Photos
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