New York Film Locations

Léon, The Professional (1994)

Last Updated: Dec 2016

Mathilda (Natalie Portman), a twelve-year old New York girl, is living an undesirable life among her half-family. Her father stores drugs for two-faced cop Norman Stansfield (Gary Oldman). Only her little brother keeps Mathilda from breaking apart. One day, Stansfield and his team take cruel revenge on her father for stretching the drugs a little, thus killing the whole family. Only Mathilda, who was out shopping, survives by finding shelter in Léon's apartment in the moment of highest need. Soon, she finds out about the strange neighbour's unusual profession - killing - and desperately seeks his help in taking revenge for her little brother. Léon (Jean Reno), who is completely unexperienced in fatherly tasks, and in friendships, does his best to keep Mathilda out of trouble - unsuccessfully. Now, the conflict btw a killer, who slowly discovers his abilities to live, to feel, to love and a corrupt police officer, who does anything in his might to get rid of an eye witness, arises to unmeasurable proportions - all for the sake of a little twelve-year old girl, who has nearly nothing to lose.

otsoNY Comments: In the late 1990s, the grocery store on the corner of East 97th Street and Park was still open for business and trading as a convenience store. In 2015, it has since closed down.

Grocery Shop, East 97th Street and Park Avenue, Manhattan.



otsoNY Comments: This apartment building was only used for exterior shots.

Leon's Apartment, 71 East 97th Street and Park Avenue, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: The Chelsea hotel in New York was used for the interior shots for Léon & Mathilda's apartment building.

Chelsea Hotel (Interior), 222 West 23rd Street (btw 7th and 8th Avenues) Manhattan.


Pine Bank Arch Bridge, Central Park, Manhattan.


Tony's Restaurant, 511 9th Avenue and West 38th Street, Manhattan.


Hotel National, 7th Avenue and West 42nd Street, Manhattan.


D.E.A Offices, 1 Centre Street and Chambers Street, Manhattan.


7 Avenue (btw West 55th and 56th Streets) Manhattan.


Delancey Street and Allen Street, Manhattan.


3812 Broadway and West 159th Street, Harlem.


otsoNY Comments: 10 years after this film, actress Natalie Portman once again walked through Times Square alone in the drama, Closer.

Times Square (Broadway, 7th Avenue, West 42nd and 47th Streets) Manhattan.


Roosevelt Island Tramway (connects Roosevelt Island to Manhattan).



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