New York Film Locations

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

Last Updated: Jan 2012

Four armed men hijack a New York City subway train and demand 1 million dollars - which must be delivered in 1 hour - for the train and the lives of the passengers held hostage. Lt. Zachary Garber (Walter Matthau) of the New York City Transit Police must contend with City Hall red tape, the unrelenting demands of the hijackers, and the ever-ticking clock in his efforts to save the passengers and bring the hijackers to justice.

Subway, Lexington Avenue and East 59th Street, Manhattan.


Gracie Mansion, East End Avenue and 88th Street, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: Notice the police car drives along Centre Street in the wrong direction.

Centre Street and Chambers Street, Manhattan.


Park Avenue and East 28th Street, Manhattan.


Astor Place and Lafayette Street, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: Portions of the scenes in the tunnel were filmed on the local tracks of the IND Fulton Street Line at the Court Street station in Brooklyn, which had been closed since 1946 and today serves as a track which links to the New York City Transit Museum. For a payment of £250,000 to the Transit Authority along with another $75,000 for insurance, the filmmakers rented the disused station, the track and several subway cars along with the services of 15 transit employees. A reconstruction of a Transit Authority control center was built on a soundstage.

Court Street Station, Brooklyn.


Union Square East (btw East 15th and 16th Streets) Manhattan.



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