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The East Harlem street where Scorsese recreated a real-life mobster hangout in 'The Irishman'

February 7, 2020

 

 

One of the movies nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars this Sunday is Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, the mob flick that follows the rise of Teamster Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) and his relationship with Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino).

 

Like Joker, another Best Picture contender, parts of The Irishman were filmed in Harlem–East Harlem, to be exact.

 

The neighborhood, New York's original Little Italy, was once the stomping ground of Genovese crime boss Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno–the mobster used an East Harlem storefront called the Palma Boys Social Club as his base.

 

 

Incredibly, Scorsese was able to recreate Fat Tony's social club in the exact same location: 416 E 115th Street (between First and Pleasant Aves).

 

To set the scene, the movie's production designers diligently replicated the hand-painted signage on the storefront. They had little else to change–based on old photos, the rest of the small brick building looks pretty much the same as it did in the 1970s and '80s.

 

See it for yourself in Scorsese's masterful epic on Netflix, then take a walk down E 115th Street and go relive the moment yourself.

 

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