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Location trip to New York, September-October 2003 - part 2

by Nándor Bokor

The pictures on the left are frames from Alfred Hitchcock's "Spellbound" (1945), "The Wrong Man" (1957) and "Topaz" (1969). My corresponding photos from September-October 2003 are on the right.

Spellbound

Grand Central Station, New York:

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The Wrong Man

Location of the Stork Club at 3 East 53rd Street, New York. As seen on my photos, the building has been demolished. Today there is a plaza between 1 East 53rd and 7 East 53rd, called the Samuel Paley Plaza.

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East 53rd Street:

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East 53rd Street, towards Fifth Avenue. Note the subway station in the foreground and St Thomas Church in the background:

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The subway station at the corner of 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue:

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The subway station at Roosevelt Avenue, Queens. (The staircases in the two pictures are not necessarily identical, since there are many such staircases in the station.)

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The corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Broadway in the Jackson Heights district of Queens:

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The 7 train of the New York subway on Roosevelt Avenue, photographed from 78th Street:

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78th Street, with Roosevelt Avenue in the background:

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The house next to Manny's:

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Manny's house at 4024 78th Street, Jackson Heights, Queens:

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The house opposite Manny's:

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The 110th Precinct Police Station in Elmhurst, at 43rd Avenue and 94th Street, where Manny is taken. (I didn't get permission to photograph even the exterior - security regulations are very strict after September 11, 2001 -, that's why I couldn't match the camera angles in my photos.)

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Queensboro Bridge:

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The prison on Court Square, Queens:

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Manny's house at 4024 78th Street, Jackson Heights, Queens:

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The house opposite Manny's:

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The corner of Fort Washington Avenue and West 178th Street in Washington Heights, New York (with the George Washington Bridge in the background):

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A closer view of the same building:

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The courthouse on Court Square, Queens. The courtroom shown in the film is courtroom #233 today. (I needed special permit from the Administrative Judge at the Jamaica Courthouse in order to photograph inside the courtroom.) My 4th photo shows the shop of a modern-day "Manny", visible from the courtroom window, and my last photo shows the courthouse from the outside.

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The courtroom again. Note that the jury was moved to the other side of the room (see my courtroom photos above). A glass window (shown on my photo below) now separates the judge from the defendant (several previous cases when an angry defendant spat on the judge necessitated this change):

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Topaz

St Regis Hotel.

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The former Hotel Theresa (now Theresa Towers) in Harlem.

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The buildings across the street from Hotel Theresa (I suspect that the street shown in the film was built at Universal studios).

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