One of the reasons I moved to Brooklyn Heights is because I’m a big fan of Moonstruck, and it seemed like a neighborhood with all sorts of romantic possibilities. (Little did I know.) Yet the Heights also has its dark side—which may or may not have been projected on the big screen in The Godfather. Specifically, the scene where Luca “May their first child be a masculine child” Brasi goes to sleep with the fishes.
I’ve heard that the Brasi death scene was filmed at the site of the old Club Wild Fyre behind the shackled doors of the St. George Hotel. I’ve also heard it was filmed on the top floor of the St. George Hotel. I’ve also heard that it wasn’t at the St. George Hotel at all. My esteemed colleague Claude Scales blogged about this in September when he mentioned that the Educational Housing Services wanted to renovate the unused portions of the hotel for events, including the “Luca Brasi Room.” Perhaps that means we’ll be able to get a look inside? Otherwise, is the only alternative bolt cutters? (I’m not that great of an urban warrior, I get nervous and run away.)