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35 years ago, director Walter Hill’s New York City-based cult classic The Warriors was released into theaters with little to no promotion backing it. The film is looked at today as a portrait of New York City in the late 70’s; a much gritter, darker, and more violent city then the city of Cronuts and Citi Bikes. When it opened however, the film was initally met with negative reviews from critics, and caused controversy when gang activity and vandalism reportedly took place near theaters showing the film.

In celebration of the cult classic’s 35th anniversary, here is a list of film locations used in the NYC gangster thriller.

10. The Coney Island – Stillwell Station

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The Warriors, who control Coney Island in Brooklyn, have to travel all the way to Van Cortland Park in the Bronx, as every gang in the city will be meeting there. They take the D train on Coney Island-Stillwell station. The station, which serves as a transportation hub for the N,Q,B, and D is completely different from the one Swan and the rest of the gang get on to their faithful trip to the Bronx, becoming one of the most energy-efficient train stations in the country.

Check out the cast of The Warriors recreate this subway ride, in 2015:

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2 Comments

  1. Marcos Sueiro says:

    Cool post. Not only did the critics pan the flick, but the author of the original novel was no big fan either, as you can hear here:
    http://www.wnyc.org/story/261069-sol-yurick-readers-almanac-1979/

    • christopher inoa says:

      Thank you very much Marcos. I actually did know that the author, like so many others whose work gets adapted into film, did not approve of the film. Thank you for the link, it is a great listen.

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