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Famous Movie Sites in New York

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by Dora Bona (subscribe)
A freelance writer, and amateur photographer Dora also teaches creative writing classes. Check out her website at
Published May 16th 2011
From gritty to romantic, action packed to comedic, colossal to strange, there's no doubt that New York has covered a wide range of movie genres. The backdrop of the most iconic city in the world has become the leading actor in countless memorable movies and TV shows. No matter where they're from, somehow the sentiment that they've "known" New York forever is something that first time visitors express often. And even more often, it's the thing that makes people fall in love with this wonderful city, and want to come back time and again.

Here are a few of the locations of the iconic movies and shows that have put the Big Apple on the map.

Marilyn Monroe became famous by standing over a subway grate, when her beautiful white dress blew up and revealed her famous pins, and more. The 1955 movie was The Seven Year Itch
The Location: 52nd Street & Lexington
Marilyn in the pose that made her famous

Things are not always where they seem. The hit 2007 film No Reservations was a romantic and heartwarming movie about two feuding chefs starring Catherine Zeta Jones and Aaron Ekhart. The restaurant was called 22 Bleecker Street, but was in fact located on the corner of Charles & Bleecker.
The restaurant starring in No Reservations

If you happen to find yourself at John Jay Park on the East River at 77th Street, you can see the building from which Matt Damon leaps in the final seconds of the 2007 film The Bourne Ultimatum.

Another memorable romantic film was the 1998 hit You've Got Mail, starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks as two opposing book shop owners. Tom Hanks' character Joe Fox owns a huge bookstore, threatening to put Meg Ryan's character Kathleen out of business. Fox Books was located at West 17th Street & 7th Avenue
Fox Books in You've got Mail

The producers converted a privately owned Cheese and Antiques shop into the charming little "The Shop Around the Corner", owned by Meg's character Kathleen. The shop was located at 106 West 69th Street
The Cheese & Antique store used as The Shop Around the Corner

One of my favourite films of all time is As Good as It Gets, made in 1997 and starring jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear. Melvin Udall, played by Nicholson is an obsessive compulsive writer, who becomes smitten with waitress Carol, played by Helen Hunt. Melvin's apartment is located at 5th Avenue & West 12 Street.
Melvin Udall's street in As Good As It Gets

A scene from As Good As It Gets

Who could forget the classic 1968 Roman Polanski horror flick Rosemary's Baby.
The movie was filmed almost entirely on location at The Dakota building (called The Bamford in the movie), the famous home of John Lennon at 1 West 72nd Street at Central Park West.
The Dakota Building

From Rosemary's Baby

Perhaps one of the most famous movies filmed in New York is the 1984 flick Ghostbusters. There are so many famous backdrops in this movie, including The New York Library, Rockefeller Ice Skating Rink, City Hall, Times Square and many more. The Ghostbusters Headquarters was the real life fully operational Fire Station (Hook & Ladder 8) located at 14 North Moore Street, near Varick Street.
Ghostbusters Headquarters

Those are just a very few of the hundreds of movies filmed in the Big Apple. If you want to see more, the website On The Set of New York , can show you many, many more.

With filming taking place all year round, any visitor or resident is sure to stumble across a movie in progress at some stage.
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Why? It's interesting being part of a former movie set
When: All day every day
Where: All over Manhattan
Cost: Free
It's so much fun going and visiting these places - it makes you feel like you're part of the movie.
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