The 1995 Larry Clark film “Kids” was shot in New York City. Many of the locations, which are scattered all across Manhattan, have changed over the years, but the film remains an unflinching portrait of youth in the city in the 1990s. One location relatively unchanged is the steps outside of Darcy’s home, where Telly and Casper, played by Leo Fitzpatrick and Justin Pierce, talk at the beginning of the film.
LOCATION: 515 E 84th St, New York, NY 10028
The market where Telly and Casper steal beer has long since closed.
LOCATION: 1716 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128
The apartment of Paul, played by Sajan Bhagat, was a composite of two locations. The exterior where they get buzzed into the building was filmed here.
LOCATION: 64 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
The interior of Paul’s apartment was filmed at this building.
LOCATION: 501 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036
The building used for the STD clinic where Jennie, played by Chloë Sevigny, accompanies Ruby, played by Rosario Dawson, can be found at 555 Broome St, New York, NY 10013.
Telly and Casper are seen jumping the turnstiles and entering the 77th St subway station.
LOCATION: Lexington Ave / E 77th St, New York, NY 10075
Telly and Casper meet up with a large group of their skater friends at Washington Square Park, where a massive fight soon breaks out. The park, as depicted in the film, is a popular skate spot in real life. In fact, its where director Larry Clark would often meet screenwriter Harmony Korine, as well as many other kids that would eventually join the cast of the film. Washington Square Park has been seen in countless films, including “Chasing Amy,” “When Harry Met Sally…,” “I Am Legend,” “Ghostbusters II,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Serpico” and many more.
LOCATION: Washington Square, New York, NY 10012
The scenes of all the kids walking together down the center median of the road, which was also featured on some of the film posters, was shot at E Houston St / Avenue A, New York, NY 10002. While there is still a median there, it is now filled with plants and trees, instead of flat grass as seen in the film and pedestrians can no longer traverse it.
The swimming pool all the kids sneak into at night was the Tony Dapolito Outdoor Pool. The same pool famously appeared in the film “Raging Bull.”
LOCATION: 1 Clarkson St, New York, NY 10014
The club scenes where Jennie searches for Telly supposedly take place at NASA, a real former weekly rave that took place every Friday night at the Shelter club in Tribeca in the 1990s. However, the movie instead filmed at The Tunnel, a famous club formerly located in Chelsea. The Tunnel permanently closed back in 2001 and the building is now being remodeled. The location had appeared in other films, such as “Belly,” “Ghostbusters II” and “Vampire’s Kiss,” but there’s not much there to see today.
LOCATION: 220 12th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (since remodeled)
The film’s closing scenes depicting a party at the apartment of Steven, played by Jon Abrahams, were filmed at 240 E Houston St #2C, New York, NY 10002.
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