Revisiting the Astoria, Queens, Locations of “Goodfellas” 30 Years Later

In the summer of 1989, Martin Scorsese filmed one of cinema’s most renowned films in Astoria, Queens. Three decades later, not much of the neighborhood remains.

Christopher Serrone, Robert De Niro, and Joseph D’Onofrio on the set of “Goodfellas” in Astoria, Queens. The lot where they’re standing was built over in 2016. Young Henry Hill’s house in the background is one of the few locations that remains.

Young Henry Hill’s House

Left: Location in “Goodfellas” (filmed 1989) | Right: Location in 2019

Pitkin Ave. Cab Stand

Left: Location in “Goodfellas” (filmed 1989) | Right: Location in 2019. The entrance to the cabstand was located where the building’s stoop is now.
Left: Location in 1980 (NYC tax photo) | Center: Location in “Goodfellas” (filmed 1989)| Right: Location in 2013 (Google Street View)

Cabstand Parking Lot

Left: Location in “Goodfellas” | Right: Location in 2019
Left: Location in 1980 (NYC tax photo) | Center: Location as seen in a “Goodfellas” set photo (1989). Young Henry Hill’s house is visible in the background at top left. | Right: Location in 2009. (Google Street View)
Left: Looking across the street from the cabstand parking lot, as seen in “Goodfellas” | Right: Location in 2019

Paulie’s House

Left & Center: Location in “Goodfellas” | Right: Location in 2019

Phone Booth

Left & Center: Location in “Goodfellas” | Right: Location in 2019. (The Katina condo development built over the cabstand parking lot is seen in the background.)

Post Office

Above: The location in 2018, and as seen in “Goodfellas.”
Left: Location in “Goodfellas” | Center: Location in 2018. | Right: Location in 2019
Above: The post office building as seen from Paulie’s pizzeria in “Goodfellas.”

La Bella Vista Pizza Parlor

Left: Location as seen in “Goodfellas” | Right: Location in 2019. The building was located in the spot where the “Bright Start” sign now is.
Left: Location as seen in “Goodfellas” | Right: Location in 2009 (Google Street View)
Left: Location as seen in “Goodfellas” | Right: Location in 2019

Henry’s First Pinch

Left: Location as seen in “Goodfellas” | Right: Location in 2019
The “Scalamandre Silks” sign visible in “Goodfellas” when Henry gets pinched. The sign is also visible in the background of the scene where Henry torches cars, as the explosion occurs.

Parking Lot Explosion

Location as seen in “Goodfellas”
Left: Location as seen in “Goodfellas”, lightened for clarity | Right: Location in 2019
Above: More frames of the location as seen in “Goodfellas”

Warehouse (across from explosion)

Left: Location as seen in “Goodfellas” | Right: Location in 2019 (Google Street View)
Left: Location as seen in “Goodfellas”, lightened for clarity | Right: A portion of the location in 1980. The spot where Tuddy stood is just out of frame on the right, as evidenced by the placement of the door circled in both photos. (NYC tax photo)

Airline Diner

Left: Location as seen in “Goodfellas” | Right: Location in 2017 (Google Street View)

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