May 11, 2008: New York, New York (Day 2)

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!

Nathan's Famous - Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY

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…

86th St. & Bay 23rd St. Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Lenny's Pizza - Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

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.

Sackett & Henry Streets, Brooklyn, NY

Moonstruck - Sackett & Henry Streets, Brooklyn, NY

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.

We then walked up to Brooklyn Heights to the location which served as the Castorini residence on Cranberry Street:
East on Cranberry Street, Brooklyn, NY

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.
Hotel St. George (closed) - Clark & Henry Streets, Brooklyn, NY

Next it was over to Junior’s for some cheesecake (chocolate mousse cheesecake of course!)!
Junior's Restaurant - Brooklyn, NY

Junior's Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake - Brooklyn, NY

We then went back to our hotel and called it a night.

Slideshow of All Photos

For more details about a particular photo, click on it in the slideshow and it will open in my Flickr site.

[flickrslideshow acct_name=”roadtripmemories” id=”72157605180457846″ width=”500″]

This entry was posted in Road Trips and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *