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Daniel S
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hey guys, just wanted to do a small but significant update for the Karate Kid locations. Not sure if the webmaster will see my email as it says he gets tons, so I'll post it here as well.

The location is the opening Jersey scene, where Daniel's Malibu pulls out and all the kids are saying bye. The newest piece of info here says its in Kearny, NJ, but it is actually in Harrison, NJ, which is right next to Kearny.

The street in question is Franklin Ave. Since we don't know which is Daniel's house, the closest match would be one of the homes at the end of the block, where the Malibu is parked.

A quick google map search for "720 Franklin Ave, Harrison, NJ" will show you the street, I believe their address was on or near 720. Up the street where it T's with Hamilton St, the satellite image shows a dirt field. This was where the factory was located with the water tower that can be seen in the movie, it was demolished to build the new High School, which is already present if you zoom in to the street view. Daniels block is just south of that, and looks really intact, just a few changes when compared to the movie.

There was little to no information on the web for the actual location of Daniel's street, and a YouTube video gave me the tipoff. If you YouTube "Kearny Hippie Kids 1968", you'll see a grainy video that shows the water tower in the background. The video was taken from the north side of the water tower in West Hudson Park. One of the comments from a resident mentions the water tower being destroyed to build the high school, so that connected all the dots. Check it out, maybe someone in that area can get some pictures and/or video taken!

Daniel

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CGARDEL
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I NEVER REALIZED THAT THE LOCATION IN THE FILM WAS ACTUALLY MY CHILDHOOD STREET! WE LIVED AT #4 FRANKLIN AVENUE WHICH IS NOW PART OF THE PARKING LOT ON THE LEFT OF THE PICTURE.
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wow, when did you live there? have any friends who still lived there circa 1984?
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Danny boy, that is one WICKED bit of detective work you've done there! [Smile]

Do you mind if I add your discovery to the locations page -- with full credit to yourself, of course? [Smile]

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hey Nick, not at all, I actually wanted to have this on a fansite like yours and not on some generic site like IMDB, glad to help out!
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