New York Film Locations

 





The Lost Weekend (1945)

The unsuccessful writer Don Birnham (Ray Milland) is an alcoholic. Only his brother Wick and girlfriend Helen (Jane Wyman) managed to keep him sober for 10 days and plan a little vacation on the countryside for the weekend. But Don manages to send them both away the evening before. Alone at home, without any money, he's desperate for something to drink.


P J Clarke's Saloon, 915 3rd Avenue and East 55th Street, Manhattan.
   

P J Clarke's Saloon

P. J. Clarke's is a famous saloon, established 1884 and occupying a building located at 915 3rd Avenue on the northeast corner of 55th Street in New York City. The bar was once owned by a Patrick J. Clarke, an Irish emigrant who was hired in the early 1900s by a Mr. Duneen who ran the saloon. After about ten years working for him Clarke bought the bar and changed the name. The building is a holdout and is surrounded by 919 3rd Avenue, a 47-story skyscraper. Clarke's former owners, the Lavezzo brothers, signed a deal in which the building housing the saloon was sold for $1.5 million and a 99-year lease was signed with Tishman Realty and Construction. However due to financial reverses the Lavezzos were forced to sell their interest to a consortium, which includes George Steinbrenner, Timothy Hutton, and others. The building was originally a four-story structure. It lost the top two floors when the skyscraper went up in the late 1960s.





 


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