4. Coney Island Boardwalk (The Warriors)

The Cyclone on Coney Island

In one of the most famous cult New York movies, The Warriors, a gang from Coney Island must battle their way from the Bronx through numerous rival gangs’ turf back home after being framed for murder. The movie was shot almost entirely at various sites on the streets of the city—an arduous and complicated task that involved shooting from sun down to sunrise virtually every night, inclusion of real gang members, and confrontations with actual gang members. In the last scene the Warriors return to Coney Island for a final confrontation with the Rogues.

As the Warriors pass through Coney Island, there are several noticeable buildings and landmarks featured in the scenes. Stauch’s Bathhouse was one of the many bathhouses along the boardwalk, and was openly known as a gay hangout during the Depression. The abandoned building was featured in many scenes that were later cut out of the movie. In fact, the Warriors name was graffitied across the front of the building until it was torn down in the 1980s. Moreover, in another scene, the Cyclone can be seen in the background.

The Cyclone, constructed in 1927, is one of the oldest wooden coasters still in operation. The only scene in the movie that was filmed outdoors during the day is the climatic final confrontation that occurs on the beach of Coney Island.