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

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

Jim and crew jump off the bus and create a little havoc heading for the Staten Island Ferry here.

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

Location: The Cliff Jump
Address: Spuyten Duyvil Creek/Inwood Park

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

Locations Visited: February 2016, September 2016


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    1. You're welcome, NagaRaj! Glad you like it!

  2. The basketball and changing room scenes were shot at Nord Anglia International school in the East Village at 2nd and 2nd. Looks a bit different now though...

    1. Thanks so much for the info, Nicky Oliver!