Get A Taste Of Real New York Through These Iconic Movie Locations

Get A Taste Of Real New York Through These Iconic Movie Locations

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“New York – a city where dreams are made of!” crooned Alicia Keys famously. Nowhere else will you find power, money, art and culture come together in such a powerful way, the way it does here. The place has so much to offer, like you could watch the super-hit play HAMILTON at Broadway, pose with the Fearless Girl in front of the Wall Street Bull or bite into pastrami you won’t ever forget at Katz’s Delicateseen, and chances are, there will still be a million other things left to do and explore in New York City! With so much to do, it can get confusing exactly where to go in the Big Apple.

That’s why, with this blog post we want to take you on a short yet exciting tour across the city, to all those places in NYC where famous movie scenes have been shot. Movies that you have made you laugh, and cry, and made you want to visit New York! So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, put on your seat belts, this cinematic ride is about to take off (with high probabilities of spoilers up ahead).

Rockefeller Center

Remember the ending scene of Home Alone 2? The one where Kevin’s mom finally finds him, standing in front of the largest Christmas tree in town. It was shot at this iconic location, in front of the famous Christmas tree (a yearly tradition since 1933). The tree itself is a huge tourist attraction, with over 125 million people visiting every year. If you find yourself here, don’t forget to get yourself tickets to the taping of the iconic Saturday Night Live – Hall of fame, a live comedy sketch show, shot in the building.

The scene where Kevin's mother finally founds him. Picture taken from http://onthesetofnewyork.com
The scene where Kevin’s mother finally founds him. Picture taken from http://onthesetofnewyork.com

MET – Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Some would argue that one of the biggest art collection museums in the world would not need anything else to make it more popular, but they’d be mistaken. Maid in Manhattan – a modern day Cinderella story, that came out in 2002, did make the MET even more popular! The pivotal scene in the movie shows Ralph Fiennes, a rich & powerful politician, dancing at a prestigious ball at the MET, with none other than Jennifer Lopez (who is hiding her job as a maid).

Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes dancing at Met. Picture taken from http://onthesetofnewyork.com
Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes dancing at Met.
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http://onthesetofnewyork.com

Empire State Building

The land mark building which held the title of world’s tallest building for more than 40 years, played an absolutely crucial role in the climax of Sleepless in Seattle, when Tom Hanks finally meets Meg Ryan.

When Sam and Jonah, finally meet Anne. Picture taken from http://onthesetofnewyork.com
When Sam and Jonah, finally meet Anne. Picture taken from http://onthesetofnewyork.com

Tiffany & Co

Visit the flagship Tiffany’s store that Audrey Hepburn immortalized in the iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s opening scene, where she lovingly looks at gems behind the window display of Tiffany’s, as she casually munches on her breakfast. Other classics like, Sleepless in Seattle and Sweet Home Alabama have also been shot here.


Times Square, Manhattan

Time Square, a major tourist attraction in New York, usually crowded with jostling tourists and New Yorkers, is depicted as starkly deserted, when Tom cruise finds himself completely alone and confused here, in a pivotal scene in the psychological thriller – Vanilla Sky.

Tom Cruise, dazed and confused, in Times Square. Picture taken from http://onthesetofnewyork.com
Tom Cruise, dazed and confused, in Times Square.
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http://onthesetofnewyork.com

Queensboro Bridge

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The honors of being the most romantic scene shot in New York belongs to a scene in 1979 movie Manhattan, where Woody Allen is talking to Diane Keaton, on a bench overlooking the East River, at 4 am in the morning, on a date.

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton talking till 4 am. Picture taken from http://onthesetofnewyork.com
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton talking till 4 am.Picture taken from http://onthesetofnewyork.com

New York Public Library

The second largest library in America got immortalized in 1984, when three expert parapsychologists encounter a ghost of a librarian, who in true librarian fashion becomes very angry at them, and scares them off. This leads to all of them losing their jobs and most importantly, coming together to form Ghostbusters – the most famous paranormal investigation and elimination service in the entire world!

Spooked by a librarian, a ghostly librarian. Picture taken from http://onthesetofnewyork.com
Spooked by a librarian, a ghostly librarian.
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http://onthesetofnewyork.com

Central Park

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Throughout the movie – One Fine Day, George Clooney & Michel Pfeiffer keep fighting with each other at the smallest of things, until this heart-warming scene, when they get to Central park, and start jumping in water puddles with their kids.

George Clooney & Michel Pfeiffer jumping in water puddles. Picture taken from http://onthesetofnewyork.com
George Clooney & Michel Pfeiffer jumping in water puddles.Picture taken from http://onthesetofnewyork.com

Spook central is the building where the Ghostbusters team, got their first client – Dana, who was living in a building dedicated to the worship of ultra-powerful ‘Gozer the Gozerian’ – a shape-shifting god of destruction. In real life, the architecture of the building is so exquisite, that it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Liked the blog post?

A building bringing Gozer the Gozerian to life. Picture taken from http://www.slashfilm.com
A building bringing Gozer the Gozerian to life.
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http://www.slashfilm.com

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