New York Film Locations


Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)

John McClane (Bruce Willis) is now almost a full-blown alcoholic and is suspended from the NYPD. But when a bomb goes off in the Bonwit Teller Department Store the police go insane trying to figure out what's going on. Soon, a man named Simon calls and asks for McClane. Simon tells Inspector Walter Cobb that McClane is going to play a game called "Simon Says". He says that McClane is going to do the tasks he assigns him. If not, he'll blow off another bomb. With the help of a Harlem electrician, John McClane must race all over New York trying to figure out the frustrating puzzles that the crafty terrorist gives him. But when a bomb goes off in a subway station right by the Federal Reserve (the biggest gold storage in the world) things start to get heated up.

6th Avenue and West 21st Street, Manhattan.

otsoNY Comments: When the bomb goes off in the Bonwit Teller department store, there is an "Atlantic Courier" truck parked in front of the store that gets flipped over. In Die Hard (1988), Hans Gruber and the other terrorists arrive at Nakatomi Plaza in a "Pacific Courier" truck.

otsoNY Comments: The camera pans over a street sign that clearly states address as Lenox Avenue and West 138th Street, but in fact it is neither. The film-makers changed the signs as the actual address is in fact Audubon Avenue and West 175th Street.

Zeus Shop, 186 Audubon Avenue (btw West 174th & 175th Streets) Harlem.

Audubon Avenue and West 175th Street, Harlem.

72nd Street Subway Station, West 72nd and Broadway, Manhattan.

Central Park South (btw 7th Avenue and Columbus Circle) Manhattan.

otsoNY Comments: The park on top of the Wall Street station in the film was a vacant lot that was made into a park for the film. It was turned back into a vacant lot after filming was completed.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 33 Liberty Street, Manhattan.

otsoNY Comments: There are two solutions to the water jug riddle in the park, at the elephant fountain. To place exactly 4 gallons of water on the scales when you only have two jugs which hold 3 and 5 gallons respectively, you must do either of the following:

1. Fill the 5 gallon jug and decant the water into the 3 gallon jug. This leaves two gallons in the big jug. 2. Empty the 3 gallon jug and pour in the two gallons from the 5 gallon jug, leaving space for one gallon in the small jug. 3. Refill the 5 gallon jug and pour water from it into the 3 gallon jug until the small jug's full. 4. That leaves exactly four gallons in the big jug; put it on the scale and the bomb is disarmed.

The second method is: 1. Fill the 3 gallon jug and pour the water into the 5 gallon jug. 2. Refill the 3 gallon jug, and pour into the 5 gallon jug until the big jug is full, leaving one gallon in the small jug. 3. Empty the big jug, and transfer the one gallon from the small jug to the big jug. 4. Refill the small jug and pour all three gallons into the 5 gallon jug, resulting in four gallons in the big jug. Place the big jug on the scale and the bomb is disarmed.

Tompkins Square Park, East 7th Street and Avenue A, Manhattan.
  The actual fountain was fake and only used for the film.  

Tomkin's Square Park

Tompkins Square Park is a 10.5 acre (42,000 m²) public park in the Alphabet City section of the East Village neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It is square in shape, and is bounded on the north by East 10th Street, on the east by Avenue B, on the south by East 7th Street, and on the west by Avenue A. St. Marks Place abuts the park to the west.

Columbus Circle and Central Park West, Manhattan.

Yankee Stadium, East 161st Street and River Avenue, Bronx.

Subway, East 8th Street and Broadway, Manhattan.

otsoNY Comments: Alexander Humboldt School on West 177th Street in Washington Heights doubled for the fictional Chester A Arthur Public School.

School, West 176th Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue, Washington Heights.


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