New York Film Locations

Madigan (1968)

Last Updated: Jan 2012

Policemen Bonaro (Harry Guardino) and Madigan (Richard Widmark) lose their guns to fugitive Barney Benesch. As compensation, the two NYC detectives are given a weekend to bring Benesch (Steve Ihnat) to justice. While Bonaro and Madigan follow up on various leads, Police Commissioner Russell (Henry Fonda) goes about his duties, including attending functions, meeting with aggrieved relatives, and counseling the spouses of fallen officers.

Park Avenue and East 98th Street, Manhattan.


1265 Park Avenue (btw East 97th and 98th Street) Manhattan.


Railway Crossing, Park Avenue and East 98th Street, Manhattan.


Park Avenue and East 99th Street, Manhattan.


Police Headquarters, 240 Centre Street and Broome Street, Manhattan.

The Old Police Headquarters

One of the finest buildings in all New York is also one of the least-appreciated and most forgotten. The old Police Headquarters at No. 240 Centre Street was built in 1909 on a triangular lot in what was then solidly Little Italy. Arguably, it is today located in the ever-expanding Chinatown, but real estate brokers usually describe its location non-ethnically as Soho, just on the cusp of the area which is increasingly (and most irritatingly) known as NoLIta, ‘North of Little Italy’.

From the basement shooting range to the rooftop observation deck, the building was designed in the monumental Beaux-Arts style by the firm of Hoppin & Koen, “to impress both the officer and the prisoner with the majesty of the law.” The New York Times wrote that “its grandeur contrasted utterly with the little buildings and crooked streets around it.”

The older old Police Headquarters, where reformer Teddy Roosevelt held court as Police Commissioner, was located nearby on Mulberry Street and when the nerve center of the N.Y.P.D. shifted to Centre St. btw Broome and Grand, the gun shops, cop saloons, and police reporters followed suit. One restaurant across the street was simply called ‘Headquarters’. With its oak bar and ceiling of carved wood, the ‘Headquarters’ restaurant became a particular favourite among the higher brass of the N.Y.P.D. According to popular lore, a tunnel was actually constructed connecting the restaurant with the actualy Police HQ, in which a number of the Boys in Blue used to enjoy a drink during the trying days of Prohibition.


Bethesda Terrace, (Mid-Park at 72nd Street) Central Park, Manhattan.


Sherry Netherland Hotel, 781 5th Avenue and East 59th Street, Manhattan.



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