New York Film Locations

Blast of Silence (1961)

Last Updated: April 2013

After a hard life in a Cleveland orphanage, baby boy Frankie Bono (Allen Baron) grows up to be a hired killer, someone who prefers to be alone. And for good reason. His latest target is a second-string crime boss in New York. It won't pay Frankie to get seen. But he does get seen. The fat gun dealer, with pet rats, who haggles with Frankie on the price of a gun and a silencer, sees Frankie at a nightclub and figures out too much. An old friend from the orphanage sees him at a bar and convinces him - against his better judgment - to come to a Christmas party. The friend has a beautiful sister, someone Frankie remembers, someone special. She makes him vulnerable, emotional. And that's exactly what Frankie can't afford to be.

Pennsylvania Station, 7th Avenue and West 31st Street, Manhattan.

The Original Pennsylvania Station

Pennsylvania Station (commonly known as Penn Station) is the major intercity train station and a major commuter rail hub in New York City. It is one of the busiest rail stations in the world, and a hub for inboard and outboard railroad traffic in New York City. The New York City Subway system also has multiple lines that connect to the station. The station is located in the underground levels of Pennsylvania Plaza, an urban complex located btw 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue and btw 31st Street and 33rd Street in Midtown Manhattan.

Pennsylvania Station is named for the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR), its builder and original tenant, and shares its name with several stations in other cities. The current facility is the substantially remodeled underground remnant of a much grander structure designed by McKim, Mead, and White and completed in 1910.

The original Pennsylvania Station was an outstanding masterpiece of the Beaux-Arts style and one of the architectural jewels of New York City. The station's air rights were optioned in the 1950s. The option was executed soon after. The option called for the demolition of the head-house and train shed, to be replaced by an office complex and a new sports complex. The tracks of the station, which were located well below street level, would remain untouched. Demolition began in October 1963. The Pennsylvania Plaza complex, including the fourth and current Madison Square Garden, was completed in 1968.


St Marks Hotel, 2 Saint Marks Place and 3rd Avenue, Manhattan.


Staten Island Ferry, 4 South Street & Whitehall Street, Manhattan.



Staten Island Ferry, New York Harbour.


Queensboro Bridge, East 59th Street (btw Manhattan and Queens) New York.


8th Avenue and West 125th Street, Harlem.


5th Avenue (btw West 49th and 50th Streets) Manhattan.


Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue (btw West 49th and 50th Streets) Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: Notice that the Helmsley Building situated next to Grand Central Terminal stands alone without the once Pam Am building, now Metlife blocking the view from Park Avenue South.

Park Avenue South and East 30th Street, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: Notice that there used to be a car park where building 111 now stands.

East 30th Street and Park Avenue South, Manhattan.


119 East 30th Street and Park Avenue South, Manhattan.



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