Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Based on Jim Carroll's autobiographical works, The Basketball Diaries is dark decent into drug addiction.  Jim and his buddies are the stars of the basketball team and headed for greatness until they make narcotics a daily after school activity. Living on the streets, Jim hits rock bottom but manages to turn things around in the end.  Juliette Lewis does a nice job in her small role as a junkie and we certainly feel the vibrations of Mark Wahlberg showing us such range as a streetwise punk.

The Basketball Diaries was filmed in Queens and New York, NY and Hoboken, NJ

Location: Jim's School
Address: 605 E 9th Street, New York, NY  

Jim's School is former P.S. 24 and later the Charas-El Bohio Community and Cultural Center. A development dispute has been ongoing for over twenty years, with plans ranging from dormitories to a rehab center to a homeless shelter.  None of which has materialized and the property remains in shuttered...

Location: Jumping On The Bus
Address: 143 Avenue B, New York, NY

Location: Jumping Off The Bus
Address: Water Street & State Street, New York, NY

Location: Rival Staten Island High School
Address: 67-01 110th Street, Queens, NY   Forest Hills High School

Location: Tim's Burgers
Address: 155-15 Northern Boulevard, Queens, NY  Autozone 

Sadly, the burger joint is no longer around even though growing boys are hungry muthafuckas...

Location: The Cliff Jump
Address: Spuyten Duyvil Creek/Inwood Park, New York, NY

The apartment building is at 2400 Edsall Avenue in the Bronx.  Getting to the cliff wasn't plausible so these shots were taken across Spuyten Duyvil Creek at the edge of Inwood Park...

Location: Winkie & Blinkie's Apartment Building
Address: 242 E 72nd Street at 2nd Avenue, New York, NY

Location: Jim's Apartment Building
Address: 424 E 9th Street, New York, NY


Location: Pedro Asleep At The Wheel
Address: 2nd Avenue & St. Marks Place, New York, NY

Stomp is still stomping...

Location: Old Lady Mugging
Address: Harrison Street & Staples Street, New York, NY

Location: The Soda Shop
Address: 1110 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ  Alfalfa

The floor is still the same...

Location: Jim & Mickey Chase Drug Dealer
Address: Tompkins Square Park

They then continue down E 9th Street passed the school...

Location: Jim & Reggie Shoot Hoops
Address: E 10th Street & Avenue D, New York, NY  Dry Dock Playground 

Locations Visited: February 2016, September 2016, June 2019, December 2019, December 2020