The film your uncle will not shut up about every time it is on TV, The Godfather is one of the premier films set in NYC. Besides being nominated for 11 Academy Awards in 1973 and inspiring many filmmakers since its release, the film is known for helping launch the career of Al Pacino, one of NYC’s greatest living actors. In honor of the Academy Awards celebration this Sunday, we look back to one of the most beloved films of all time, by listing locations in NYC used in Francis Ford Coppola’s mafia classic.
1. The Corleone Family Home
The film opens on the wedding of Don Corleone’s only daughter Connie. The wedding brings out gangsters, family members and even policemen, who are outside the ceremony writing down license plate numbers of suspected gangsters. The home on 110 Longfellow Avenue in Staten Island belonged to the same family for over 50 years. The house, including the lawn where the celebration took place went up for sale in 2010 for $2.9 million. No word on if someone has purchased the house, or if there will be any more fantastic mafia weddings since the story broke in 2010.
2. Genco Pura Oil & Gas
The Genco Pura Oil and Gas Company was used as a front by the Corleone crime family in The Godfather. Don Corleone named his company Genco after his childhood friend and right hand man Genco Abbandando, who passes away the day after Connie’s wedding. The building used to be owned by the Meitz & Weiss Oil Engine Company in what was once a part of Little Italy, but today it is seen filled with Chinese markets as part of Chinatown.