Latest New York filming places.
Graphic: Marcus Peabody/Information from Mayor’s Workplace of Media And Leisure, Microsoft, and the Metropolis of New York

New York will not be the best place to shoot a film. (That’s why they invented Hollywood.) The town is crowded, cranky, and costly. So why do filmmakers hold coming again? As a result of the town has an vitality you may’t get wherever else: the bebop beat, the sidewalk theater, the sense that the unpredictable is simply across the nook. The structure’s not unhealthy both. As a veteran location scout put it to me, you get hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in manufacturing worth simply by establishing the digital camera.

From the early days of silent shorts, the films have at all times liked capturing on New York’s streets. The trade’s migration to the West Coast dampened issues considerably — movies like Rear Window have been made solely on studio again heaps — although even then productions generally earmarked just a few days to get footage of the particular metropolis. However as cameras bought smaller and extra cellular, the films progressively returned to New York. And the town welcomed them, if not fairly with open arms (forestall individuals from parking on choose blocks of the Higher East Aspect and you’ll hear about it), then at the very least with an open thoughts — in addition to some enticing tax incentives. The variety of options shot within the boroughs yearly rose from roughly 70 within the late ’70s (as James Sanders notes in Celluloid Skyline) to greater than 300 in 2016.

Contemplate this map a love letter to the New York of the films and the hardworking location scouts, manufacturing assistants, and different professionals who deliver it to life. In blue within the map above, we now have pinpointed the previous 4 years’ value of movie permits from the Mayor’s Workplace of Media and Leisure. (The info got here organized by Zip Code; dots have been positioned broadly contained in the corresponding areas.) In pink within the map under, we now have highlighted greater than 50 particular places from New York cinema historical past. Some are iconic onscreen moments that require little clarification. Others are the character actors of the cityscape, recurring settings you would possibly by no means have seen. And we included locations the place celluloid preserves a long-vanished incarnation of the town, a report of what sure neighborhoods seemed like earlier than they have been remodeled by cash, energy, and style.

We started this mission in February 2020, simply earlier than the coronavirus despatched us right into a quarantined hibernation. However virtually two years later, the map feels strikingly applicable for the COVID period: As the true metropolis shut down, the imaginary model from the films helped hold the spirit of New York alive.

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101 Park Avenue

Gremlins 2.
Picture: Warner Bros.

The modernist workplace blocks that refill Midtown are sometimes criticized for his or her anomie-inducing interchangeability, however watch sufficient New York Metropolis films, and also you begin to discover one particular tower time and again. It’s bought a Corbusian concrete plaza exterior, a spacious, well-lit foyer inside, and a flooring plan that resembles an octagon sliced in half, then given a nudge. It’s 101 Park Avenue, and it’s been the onscreen office for everybody from Jeff Bridges in The Fisher King to Insurgent Wilson in Isn’t It Romantic, Susan Sarandon in New Year’s Eve to Liam Neeson in The Commuter, Richard Gere in Arbitrage to Adam Sandler in Click.

“You make three or four movies, and all of a sudden everybody wants to be there,” says Peter Kalikow, the 79-year-old real-estate mogul who owns the constructing and has workplaces on the twenty fifth flooring. Like every good salesman, he’s glad to speak about why filmmakers hold displaying as much as 101 Park. It helped, he stated, that when it opened in 1982, the tower was one of many first new skyscrapers constructed within the space in years. Add within the location, just a few blocks from Grand Central, and the orientation of its workplaces, that are set 45 levels or so off the grid, and also you get views which might be “very dramatic.” The constructing additionally includes a broad, flat roof, initially designed as an emergency helipad, which has been utilized in movies as numerous as Entrapment and Pals With Advantages.

It helps, too, that Kalikow is a film lover. Within the ‘70s  he’d rented a flooring in an residence constructing he owned to the film Love and Dysfunction, starring Carol O’Connor (“who was fluent in four languages, including Italian”), and Ernest Borgnine (“who was a piece of shit”), and located it “a very pleasant experience.” There’s a sure thrill you get if you host a movie shoot, he says. He tries to be accomodating to crews — the constructing’s website online options a page particularly for individuals who’d prefer to shoot there — and he’s discovered them very accomodating in flip. In additional than 30 years of shoots, he has no actual horror tales.

With its acutely angled facade, 101 Park can look virtually sinister from sure vantage factors, and its onscreen appearances usually have a villainous sheen. In considered one of its earliest roles, it was the headquarters of a backstabbing regulation agency in Brewster’s Tens of millions; just a few years later it was the Trump Tower analogue in Gremlins 2. At this, Kalikow shrugs, “My favorite car is the Ferrari,” he says. “It’s always the villain’s car.” Extra essential, he says, is {that a} manufacturing exhibits off the constructing “the right way” — which suggests no protest scenes within the plaza exterior, say. “The only time I broke the rule, and I’m sorry I did it, was when they crashed that flying saucer into the plaza,” he says of the skyscraper’s cameo in The Avengers. (It was truly the Avengers’ Quinjet.) “The destruction of an office building, that breaks my heart.”


Cortlandt Alley

Picture: HBO

New Yorkers prefer to imagine that, no matter makes a metropolis a metropolis, we’ve bought probably the most of it.  However we should admit there’s one space the place our rivals have us beat — alleys, that are prevalent in locations like Chicago and Pittsburgh, however not so much a thing here. That is robust for filmmakers, who’ve all types of scenes they wish to shoot in gritty, but secluded city settings. Fortunately there’s Cortlandt Alley, a three-block stretch south of Canal Avenue that provides productions the closest factor they’ll get to a menacing alleyway in Manhattan. Utilizing allow knowledge from the Mayor’s Workplace of Movie, Theater, and Broadcasting*, here’s a decade’s value of film shoots in Cortlandt Alley at a look:

  • December 16, 2012: The bodybuilding documentary Era Iron.
  • February 18, 2013: The Kickstarter-funded hip-hop drama Nu Moses.
  • March 21 and 24, 2013: The French immigration drama Beneath the Starry Sky.
  • September 25 and November 17, 2013: The Quvenzhané Wallis model of Annie.
  • February 23, 2015: The sci-fi rom-com Unhealthy Vegan and the Teleportation Machine.
  • April 30 to Could 6, 2015 and July 9 to July 11, 2015: The sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, starring Megan Fox.
  • September 9, 2015: The Kickstarter-funded body-disposal comedy Critical Laundry.
  • October 12, 2015: The kidnapping drama By Any Means.
  • October 25, 29 and 30, 2015: The romantic drama The Damaged Ones.
  • April 25 and 26, 2016: The young-Obama Netflix movie Barry.
  • April 29 and 30, 2016: The German literary adaptation Return to Montauk.
  • July 1, 2, and 13, 2016: The misbegotten Steven King adaptation The Darkish Tower.
  • October 9, 2016: The Chinese language romance Love Is a Broadway Hit.
  • November 5, 2016: The low-budget comedy Deadman’s Barstool.
  • July 14 and 15, 2017: The 9/11 drama Home windows on the World.
  • November 10, 2017: A second Megan Fox film, Above the Shadows.
  • November 13 and 14, 2017: The Chace Crawford automobile Nighthawks.
  • November 30 and December 1, 2017: The Chinese language romance In a New York Minute.
  • April 24, 2018: Lone Scherfig’s ensemble drama The Kindness of Strangers.
  • July 5 and 6, 2018: The Vanessa Kirby amnesia indie Italian Research.
  • October 21, 2018: A mission that seems to be the Chinese language romance Someplace Winter.

*2011’s The Smurfs, the 2014 motion movie The Anomaly, and the 2015 Dakota Johnson environmental drama Chloe and Theo all seem to have shot in Cortlandt Alley as properly, however didn’t seem within the metropolis’s dataset.


Shakespeare Steps, the Bronx

Picture: Warner Bros.

In his acclaimed research The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn, Sulieman Osman compares the city panorama to a “palimpsest,” a website of a number of layers of that means all competing for legibility. Take, for instance, the steep stairs that join Shakespeare and Jerome Avenues in Highbridge. For many who lived within the neighborhood, they have been a website to work out, an inconvenience to keep away from, or background noise that carried no that means in anyway. Then Joaquin Phoenix thrusted his pelvis to “Rock and Roll Pt. II.” Now, to some locals’ annoyance, they’re eternally and at all times The Joker Stairs.


The Grey’s Papaya on eighth Avenue

Grey’s Papaya in The Again-Up Plan.
Picture: CBS House Leisure

R.I.P. to the hot-dog chain’s Greenwich Village location, which closed in 2014, however lives eternally onscreen in The Again-Up Plan and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.


The Grey’s Papaya on 72nd Avenue

Grey’s Papaya in You’ve Acquired Mail.
Picture: Warner Bros.

The unique Grey’s Papaya storefront on the Higher West Aspect holds the excellence of being probably the most photographed price range hot-dog supplier within the metropolis, popping up within the background of The Warriors and Die Onerous with the Vengeance, and serving as a location for reasonable dates in You’ve Acquired Mail and Right down to Earth.


thirty third Avenue and Sixth Avenue

Picture: Edison Manufacturing Firm and Ralf & Gammon Firm

It’s hardly probably the most picturesque location right now, however Herald Sq. occupies a notable place in film historical past. As James Sanders particulars in Celluloid Skyline, this was the location of the primary movie ever to be shot in New York Metropolis, when Edison worker William Heise took an early motion-picture digital camera to thirty third and Sixth and shot a short snippet of road footage on Could 11, 1896. It’s on YouTube!


United Nations Constructing

Picture: Moviestore Assortment Ltd / Alam/Alamy Inventory Picture

Because the United Nations normally has extra essential issues to do than play host to movie shoots, the 2005 thriller The Interpreter was originally going to be shot on a set in Toronto. Preliminary outcomes seemed unpromising, so director Sidney Pollack determined as an alternative he’d attempt to persuade then-secretary-general Kofi Annan to let manufacturing into the Common Meeting constructing, one thing the UN had by no means earlier than allowed. “I think most important was some kind of reassurance that I wasn’t going to have a sex party on the floor of the United Nations,” Pollack instructed CNN. “I wasn’t going to do an exploitation piece that would embarrass them.” Annan finally agreed; to keep away from getting in the way in which of precise worldwide diplomacy, the film shot on weekends for 3 months.


88-39 69th Highway

Picture: Columbia Footage

The house of Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) in Spider-Man.


36 Fuller Place

Picture: Columbia Footage

The house of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) in The Superb Spider-Man.


43-25 forty third Avenue

Picture: Columbia Footage

The house of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) in Spider-Man: Homecoming.


Hoyt-Schermerhorn Subway Station

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Picture: New Line Cinema

For Brooklynites, Hoyt-Schermerhorn is finest recognized for 2 issues: 1) It’s the station the place you inevitably get caught ready for a switch, and a pair of), it’s the one which has these creepy deserted platforms. They’re remnants of the transient interval when the station served as considered one of two stops on the Courtroom Avenue Shuttle, which was canceled on account of low ridership in 1946. However downtown Brooklyn’s loss was Hollywood’s achieve, because the vestigial mini-line has given productions the chance to shoot on the subway with out making commutes any much less handy than they already are. The additional platforms at Hoyt-Schermerhorn have hosted The Warriors and the ‘90s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (The disused Courtroom Avenue station has been become the New York Transit Museum, nevertheless it serves as a filming location, too.) And the spur between them was the location of the thrilling subway action within the authentic Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three.


The Ansonia

Uptown Women
Picture: MGM

This Beaux-Arts residence constructing on the Higher West Aspect has its own tumultuous history, of which its cinematic resume is simply a sidebar. However what a resume! Onscreen residents have included Michael Douglas in Don’t Say a Phrase, Brittany Murphy in Uptown Women, Halle Berry in Good Stranger, and, infamously, Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh in Single White Feminine.


Fifth Avenue Between sixty fourth and sixty fifth Streets

Sunday in New York
Picture: MGM

Two Janes, one block. For a becoming illustration of the way in which Film New York modified between the ‘60s and ‘70s, check out this stretch of Fifth Avenue, which as Chuck Katz notes in Manhattan on Film, was coincidentally a location for two separate Jane Fonda movies released eight years apart. In 1963’s Sunday in New York, she’s a single gal catching the bus throughout a weekend journey, in a scene as vivid and romantic as a French musical. In 1971’s Klute, she’s a jaded prostitute confronting an out-of-town P.I. (Donald Sutherland) with “the sin, the glitter, the wickedness” of the town.


Stuyvesant Avenue Between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Avenue

Picture: Common Footage

As road indicators right now will proudly inform you, this was the Mattress-Stuy block the place the majority of Spike Lee’s Do the Proper Factor was filmed. Whereas the world has been closely gentrified within the 30 years since — the white guy in the Larry Bird jersey was a glimpse of the long run — a lot of the homes on the block are remarkably unchanged. However don’t come in search of the placement of Sal’s Well-known Pizzeria: That was a set constructed on-site.


Otto H. Kahn Home

The Verdict
Picture: Twentieth Century Fox

Higher East Aspect opulence not often will get extra ostentatious than with these neighboring 91st Avenue mansions, that are ceaselessly filmed collectively as a unit. Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow lived right here in A Good Homicide, as did Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osbourn in The Superb Spider-Man 2. Neither of these used the interiors, however for a glimpse of what they’re like inside, try The Verdict, the place the Kahn mansion performs the workplaces of the Archdiocese of Boston, and Working Woman, the place the Burden mansion performs a marriage venue.


Benjamin N. Duke Home

The First Wives Membership
Picture: Paramount Footage

Anybody who’s visited the Met has probably puzzled concerning the red-brick mansion that sits simply throughout Fifth Avenue. So has Hollywood — it’s doubled as the house of Maggie Smith in The First Wives Membership, Harrison Ford in Concerning Henry, and one of many baddies in The French Connection. In actual life, the property was purchased by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim in 2010; when he put the 20,000-square-foot house up on the market 5 years later, the world finally got to look inside.


Harry F. Sinclair Home

Nice Expectations
Picture: Twentieth Century Fox

This French Gothic mansion has lengthy served location scouts in search of a little bit of old-world glamour. (It does the identical in actual life, too, the place it’s the house of the Ukrainian Institute of America.) It’s most well-known because the residence of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillipe in Merciless Intentions — a becoming selection for a film primarily based on a French novel — however the exterior has additionally acted as the house of Gwyneth Paltrow in Nice Expectations, whereas the within was used as Hugh Jackman’s palace in Kate & Leopold.


The Apthorp

Picture: Paramount Footage

“I honestly believed that at the lowest moment in my adult life I’d been rescued by a building,” Nora Ephron once wrote about this luxurious residence complicated on the Higher West Aspect. So after all, when it got here time to shoot her autobiographical drama Heartburn, she determined to make use of its palatial courtyard as a location — as did Humorous Farm, The Cotton Membership, and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. In the meantime, Community used the inside as the house of William Holden.


43 Fifth Avenue

Simply My Luck
Picture: Twentieth Century Fox

You most likely wouldn’t reside in a constructing purely due to its entrance, however that’s why you’re not a personality in a film. The stately awning of this Greenwich Village co-op has made it the house of Kate Hudson in Learn how to Lose a Man in 10 Days, Lindsay Lohan in Just My Luck, and Catherine Keener in Please Give. Think about all of them caught within the elevator collectively.


17 Little West twelfth Avenue

Picture: Paramount Footage

Glenn Shut, cinematic gentrifier! 13 years earlier than Samantha Jones moved in, Shut’s character in Deadly Attraction was the primary voracious blonde to name the Meatpacking District house. Although the abandoned streetscape Michael Douglas stumbles house from was positioned on Little West twelfth Avenue, interiors appear to have been filmed across the nook at 675 Hudson Street, which in actual life was additionally house to an S&M bar referred to as The Hellfire Membership. (Bridget Fonda visits in Single White Feminine.)



Picture: Paramount Footage

*Makes listing of New York Metropolis filming places* “What about Breakfast at Tiffany’s?” “Well, that’s one thing we’ve got.”


58th Avenue and Sixth Avenue

Picture: United Artists

In Midnight Cowboy, this intersection is the “here” in “I’m walkin’ here!”


285 Prospect Park West

Picture: Warner Bros.

Brooklyn in a nutshell: The Windsor Terrace storefronts that performed backdrop to Al Pacino’s antics in Canine Day Afternoon have since been torn down and changed with million-dollar condos.


Seagram Constructing

Picture: United Artists

Mies van der Rohe’s Modernist landmark occupies a outstanding place in architectural historical past, however in movies like Scrooged and Child Growth, it’s principally been used to epitomize the soul-sucking company way of life.


Gunther Constructing

Two Weeks’ Discover
Picture: Warner Bros.

For the primary few years of the brand new millennium, it appeared like each film character lived in Soho. A lot of them even lived in the identical constructing on Broome Avenue, whose onscreen residents embrace Sandra Bullock in Two Weeks’ Discover, Amanda Peet in Igby Goes Down, and Kerry Washington in I Assume I Love My Spouse.


Plaza Lodge

House Alone 2
Picture: Twentieth Century Fox

The epitome of high-class dwelling, as seen in Arthur, Crocodile Dundee, Barefoot within the Park, Bride Wars, House Alone 2, Metropolitan, Community, Scent of a Lady, The Method We Had been, and plenty of extra.


Coney Island

Picture: Twentieth Century Fox

The Brooklyn amusement park offered a celebratory — or generally grimly ironic — backdrop for Annie Corridor, Brooklyn, Requiem for a Dream, The Warriors, The Wiz, and plenty of extra.


Firehouse, Hook & Ladder Firm 8

Picture: Columbia Footage

This Tribeca firehouse served because the Ghostbusters’ HQ, and have become so synonymous with the movie that when star and co-writer Harold Ramis died in 2014, followers turned it into an unofficial memorial.


American Museum of Pure Historical past

Malcolm X
Picture: Warner Bros.

The Central Park West establishment offered an academic time out for characters in Election, Malcolm X, The Nanny Diaries, One Nice Day, Splash, and The Squid and the Whale, … and an evening in at Evening on the Museum, after all.


The Dakota

Picture: Paramount Footage/William Fortress

“I’ve heard of hellish experiences with co-op boards, but this is ridiculous!” — line minimize from the primary draft of Rosemary’s Child.


Brooklyn Bridge

On the City
Picture: MGM

John Augustus Roebling’s suspension bridge has been sauntered throughout onscreen by Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra in On the City, Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Selection, and Bruce Willis in each The Siege and Hudson Hawk. To movie a chase scene within the latter, manufacturing bought permission to shut down the bridge’s eastbound lanes for 5 nights, inflicting visitors havoc in Decrease Manhattan. (“Hudson Hawk might have justified this trauma had it made passable use of its license,” sniffed the Times. “It didn’t.”) On this they have been outdone by I Am Legend, which shut down the bridge for six nights for a flashback scene that required a thousand extras, the Nationwide Guard and the Coast Guard, a number of helicopters, and permits from 14 different government agencies.


forty seventh Avenue Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

Picture: Netflix

The Safdie brothers spent years absorbing the frenetic tradition of the Diamond District earlier than making Uncut Gems. (“It’s a very consumers’ materialist world — me not being able to buy anything there was actually like a major inhibitor of getting deep in with anyone,” Josh Safdie instructed Vulture.) Solely the outside scenes of Adam Sandler wheeling and dealings have been shot on location. Sandler’s store was a set, malfunctioning door and all.


392 South fifth Avenue

Picture: ©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Col/©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Col

Everybody is aware of that Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem moved to Queens to seek out his queen in Coming to America. What they may not know is that his grubby walk-up was truly shot in South Williamsburg.


Queensboro Bridge

Picture: Warner Bros.

It was right here that Wesley Snipes dropped some poor idiot into the East River in New Jack Metropolis with the immortal send-off, “See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya!”


Bethesda Terrace

Picture: Walt Disney Studios Movement Pictu

In all probability probably the most photographed nook of Central Park — the Mayor’s Workplace of TV and Movie couldn’t say for positive — the world surrounding Bethesda Fountain has popped up in Enchanted, Godspell, Hair, and loads of different movies that aren’t colourful film musicals.


Flushing Meadows–Corona Park

Picture: TCD/Prod.DB/Alamy Inventory Picture

Because the 1964 World’s Truthful fades from dwelling reminiscence, it appears probably that the best legacy of its remaining pavilions will transform the position they performed within the climax of Males in Black.


Staten Island Ferry

Picture: Twentieth Century Fox

When you’ve ever wished to cosplay as Melanie Griffith, you’ve bought two choices: 1) legally undertake Dakota Johnson, positive to be an arduous authorized course of, or 2) hop aboard New York’s finest free vacationer attraction and fake you’re within the opening sequence of Working Woman.


110 Longfellow Avenue

Picture: Paramount Footage

Although it’s speculated to be someplace on Lengthy Island, the Corleone household compound in The Godfather was truly shot on Staten Island. And thus their lengthy operating battle continues.


339 Convent Avenue

Picture: Buena Vista Footage

The Hamilton Heights part of Harlem is famed for its whimsical Wes Andersonian mansions, however solely considered one of them is definitely the house from The Royal Tenenbaums — this one!


160–164 West 129th Avenue

Picture: Off White Productions Inc.

Harlem’s Imperial Lodge of Elks was the location of most of the drag balls seen within the landmark documentary Paris Is Burning. The constructing nonetheless exists, nevertheless it’s now a church.


7B, a.ok.a. Horseshoe Bar, a.ok.a. Vazacs

The Godfather Pt. II
Picture: PictureLux/The Hollywood Archive/Alamy Inventory Picture

Film productions don’t usually enterprise as east as Alphabet Metropolis … except they’re capturing at this bar close to Tompkins Sq., which has served because the cinematic dive par excellence for many years. The smokey, unpretentious watering gap has popped up in The Godfather Pt. II, Angel Coronary heart, each Crocodile Dundee films, and The Evening Earlier than. The outside even performed the Life Cafe within the “La Vie Boheme” part of the Lease film.


Instances Sq.

Vanilla Sky
Picture: PictureLux / The Hollywood Archi/Alamy Inventory Picture

The middle of every little thing, seen hustling and bustling in Captain America, Middle Stage, and Nearer, to call simply three. However for Vanilla Sky, Cameron Crowe and his group achieved the final word particular impact: a very empty Instances Sq., filmed in a three-hour stretch of a Sunday morning, simply after daybreak. “We rerouted buses, stopped pedestrians, each block and in each direction,” says location supervisor Andrew D. Cooke. “I had to make deals with every store.” (In actual fact, he made a number of offers — manufacturing first wished all of the retailers closed, then determined it’d look higher in the event that they have been open.) Onscreen it’s a seamless impact, however in actual life, the town nonetheless managed to sneak by within the type of a pair of joggers. “This guy and his buddy, they ran out. Somehow they’d gotten past security. They didn’t know Tom Cruise would be running down Seventh Avenue, and they went: Oh! They turned around and ran back.”


Lexington Avenue Between 52nd and 53rd Streets

Picture: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stoc/Alamy Inventory Picture

One of the vital well-known New York film moments by no means appeared onscreen in any respect. One evening in 1954, Billy Wilder’s The Seven-12 months Itch commandeered a block of Midtown East to shoot the long-lasting scene during which Marilyn Monroe’s costume is lifted by a blast of air from a subway grate. (A particular impact aided by a hidden fan.) Over a thousand sexy New Yorkers confirmed as much as catch a glimpse of the star, and pictures from the set grew to become a media sensation months earlier than the movie was ever launched. However you received’t see any footage from that evening in The Seven-12 months Itch. Claiming that the sound wasn’t any good in New York, Wilder re-shot the scene on the Fox backlot. However that had at all times been the plan; the placement shoot was merely a savvy publicity stunt.


The Authentic World Commerce Middle

King Kong
Picture: Paramount Footage

Earlier than their tragic demise, the Twin Towers weren’t particularly beloved amongst New Yorkers, and it’s telling that, whereas the Empire State Constructing has been the location of numerous memorable scenes, the World Commerce Middle hardly touched the cinematic creativeness the identical method. Their greatest second within the highlight got here within the 1976 King Kong remake, the place they proved a desultory location for the ape’s huge climb. “The flat tops of the twin towers … offer nothing to grab on to,” notes James Sanders in Celluloid Skyline, “almost nothing to do at all, in fact, except jump from one tower to another, which the great creature inevitably proceeds to do.”


Katz’s Deli

Picture: Assortment Christophel/Alamy Inventory Picture

It could ordinarily be a nasty factor for a restaurant to turn into related to just a little demise, however not so for this Decrease East Aspect establishment, the place Meg Ryan’s orgasmic antics in When Harry Met Sally have saved clients coming time and again.


86th Avenue and twentieth Avenue

Picture: Moviestore Assortment Ltd / Alam/Alamy Inventory Picture

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn — the place the ten miles from Manhattan would possibly as properly be 1,000,000. As John Travolta struts in time to the beat of the Bee-Gees, trying out women and snagging a slice, 86th Avenue is his catwalk.


Empire State Constructing

King Kong
Picture: AA Movie Archive / Alamy/Alamy Inventory Picture

It’s New York in a nutshell: an Artwork Deco masterpiece reaching ever upwards, whose name has been heeded by Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Bear in mind, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle, and King Kong and Fay Wray (with the assistance of some Hollywood miniatures) in King Kong.


Grand Central Terminal

North By Northwest
Picture: MGM

A utilitarian location for characters on the transfer in North By Northwest and Midnight Run, Grand Central additionally grew to become a website of true magnificence in The Fisher King’s magical waltz scene.


135 Central Park West

Picture: Orion Footage

When films shoot in New York residences right now, they like the HGTV look. “They like those big kitchens, the big islands, opening up into a den or a great room,” says location agent Debbie Regan. However to get a glimpse of the way in which individuals used to reside, activate Hannah and Her Sisters, the place the title character’s labyrinthine pre-war residence was performed by Mia Farrow’s personal.


Pink Hook Homes

Picture: The Samuel Goldwyn Firm

Mid-century city renewal changed crowded tenement blocks with the Corbusian imaginative and prescient of “towers in the park,” however this blatantly un-romantic model of metropolis life proved proof against silver-screen mythologizing. It wasn’t till 1991’s Straight Out of Brooklyn — written and directed by 19-year-old Brooklynite Matty Wealthy — that the films took a protracted, exhausting have a look at the initiatives. As James Sanders notes in Celluloid Skyline, the movie depicts the Pink Hook Homes as a website the place “violence is swallowed up by this vast and anonymous landscape … in which nearly all connection is severed between the open spaces below and the high-rise apartments above.”


56-26 Maspeth Avenue

Picture: Warner Bros.

The one-time Clinton Diner in Maspeth was the location of Goodfellas’ legendary “trombone shot” scene, an affiliation the house owners subsequently milked by renaming the restaurant The Goodfellas Diner. Sadly, the diner was the location of a significant fireplace in 2018. When it reopened, there was no extra meals service; it was a movie location solely.


Washington Sq. Park

Picture: Warner Bros.

When you additionally attended NYU within the mid-2000s, considered one of your strongest faculty reminiscences might be being inconvenienced by Will Smith, as I Am Legend took over Washington Sq. Park for what appeared like a complete semester.


Plymouth and Washington Streets

Picture: Common Footage

Pre-gentrification DUMBO, noticed when Al Pacino takes a flip behind the wheel in Scent of a Lady. “We used to be able to block off empty streets,” says the movie’s location supervisor Andrew D. Cooke. “You can’t really do that anymore.”


Van Brunt Avenue

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To deliver Hubert Selby’s brutally bleak imaginative and prescient of postwar South Brooklyn to life, the German filmmakers behind 1989’s Final Exit to Brooklyn took over a stretch of the derelict Pink Hook waterfront, even erecting a duplicate diner on a vacant lot. However in these pre-Ikea days, Selby’s world of ambient violence had not disappeared solely. “One day, there was police tape up,” recollects location scout Andrew D. Cooke. “Film people, we look at that and go under it. We suddenly heard a voice: ‘What are ya guys doing? Get outta there.’ We looked down and there were two things covered with a sheet. Somebody had gotten murdered. The small thing was the head. The big thing was the body.”


TWA Terminal at JFK

Catch Me If You Can
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Mid-century glamor, embodied within the space-age structure of JFK’s TWA Terminal. (In Twenty first-century New York, the placement has turn into a extremely Instagrammable lodge.)


51 Prospect Place

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Pre-gentrification Park Slope, as seen in Hal Ashby’s 1970 debut The Landlord, the story of a rich white naif (Beau Bridges) who buys a brownstone, solely to befriend the Black tenants he’s making an attempt to evict.


12-17 thirty eighth Avenue

Picture: PictureLux / The Hollywood Archi/Alamy Inventory Picture

This unglamorous nook of Queens was house to Amy Adams’s aspiring prepare dinner in Julie & Julia. (In actual life, the pizza place on the bottom flooring is now a tax heart.) The rooftop dinner was shot just a few blocks away, whereas the interiors have been in a studio.


Calvary Cemetery

Picture: Lionsgate

The popular cemetery of John Wick, a person who is aware of his cemeteries.


76-02 Roosevelt Avenue

Picture: Nice Line Options

Catalina Sandino Moreno’s Colombian teen spent a traumatic few days in New York in Maria Stuffed with Grace, discovering a short respite in Jackson Heights.


Silvercup Studios

Picture: Mary Evans/STUDIOCANAL FILMS LTD/Alamy Inventory Picture

Lengthy Island Metropolis’s Silvercup Studios normally pretends to be elsewhere; it’s the place they shot interiors for Intercourse and the Metropolis, Mad Males, and 30 Rock, to call just a few. However on the climactic sword combat in Highlander, the constructing bought to play itself for a change — although the pictures of its iconic signal being destroyed have been filmed in London with a mannequin.


Sackett Avenue and Henry Avenue

Picture: MGM

The Cammareri Bros. Bakery, the place Nicolas Cage misplaced his hand, and misplaced his bride, in Moonstruck.


83-22 Baxter Avenue

Picture: A24

The Elmhurst department of the Widespread Group Financial institution was the location of Robert Pattinson’s seemingly profitable theft within the opening of Good Time, earlier than he spent the remainder of the film having a really unhealthy time certainly.

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