Visit New York City’s best TV and movie locations while exploring Manhattan

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As the birthplace of the American film industry, it’s no wonder New York City has appeared in thousands of films from the 20th century. What happened on 23rd Street, New York City to West Side Story (both versions).

Almost every major location in Manhattan from the Empire State Building (King Kong character(to Grand Central Station)North and northwest(from Times Square) to taxi drivers (To Messi)The Miracle of the 34th Day Street) has been watched countless times on big and small screens.

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In addition to famous movie locations, take this tour of movie and TV locations and places where celebrities are honored in Manhattan. Along the way, you can discover nearby attractions and restaurants.

Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Photography by RC Stapp
Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Photography by RC Stapp

Staten Island Ferry Terminal, downtown

Start at Battery Park, the southern tip of Manhattan where one can take the Staten Island Ferry for free or walk inside the renovated terminal for a stunning view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and New York Harbor.

In the movie, Working Girl, Melanie Griffith’s character Tess moves from a working-class home on Staten Island to a steel-and-glass office in downtown Manhattan. Her commute and the ferry serve as a recurring motif in the film.

Nearby places you can visit in Battery Park:

  • Fort Clinton National Monument – ​​A fort constructed in the early 19th century.
  • SeaGlass carousel with fish instead of horses
  • Immigrant statue
  • Korean War Memorial with a view of the Statue of Liberty
  • US Merchant Marines Memorial
Audrey Hepburn mural. Photography by RC Stapp
Audrey Hepburn mural. Photography by RC Stapp

Audrey Hepburn Mural Building, Little Italy

A dazzling mural in Little Italy honors the brilliant actress Audrey Hepburn. It is part of the Little Italy Street Art project. You can find this mural on the side of Caffe Roma pastry shop at the corner of Mulberry and Broome Streets.

Hepburn’s most famous association with New York films is located much further from downtown and is also coincidentally linked to pastries. At the corner of 5th and 57th Avenuey Tiffany & Co. stands in the streets, where Hepburn stood outside eating a Danish meal Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Another connection between Hepburn and New York City is that the actress’s first role in America was in which she starred GG In 1951 at the Fulton Theatre, a Broadway theater at the age of 46y The street was demolished in 1982. She returned a few years later to star on Broadway Ondine.

Nearby places to visit in Little Italy:

  • Spot a whimsical image of Pope Francis on the side of Little Cupcake Bakeshop, Mott Street in Prince Street.
  • Mulberry and Mott Streets are filled with Italian restaurants
Mulberry Street Restaurant and Bar. Photography by RC Stapp
Mulberry Street Restaurant and Bar. Photography by RC Stapp

Mulberry Street Restaurant and Bar, Little Italy

In more than a dozen episodes of The Soprano, the Mulberry Street restaurant and bar became the site of the Averna Club as plans were drawn up by Tony Soprano and Goombah. As a tribute to the popular TV series, numerous Sopranos memorabilia are displayed in the restaurant’s window.

The restaurant also appeared prominently in the film Donnie Brasco Starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp, and he played a role in The Godfather Part Three In a scene featuring Andy Garcia and Sofia Coppola.

Nearby movie locations you can visit in Little Italy:

  • Scene with Al Pacino The Godfather Part Three Filmed inside Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 263 Mulberry Street. Outside the cathedral in the cemetery surrounding the church, Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel play a scene from a movie I mean the streets.
  • Mulberry Street is decorated for the annual San Gennaro feast in a key scene with young Vito Corleone (De Niro) out to kill a mobster.
Hook & Ladder Company 8. Photo by RC Staab
Hook & Ladder Company 8. Photo by RC Staab

Hook and Ladder Company 8, Tribeca

Firefighters and fire trucks have appeared in many New York City movies, but there’s only one firehouse of real interest to movie fans: Hook & Ladder Company 8, 14 North Moore Street in Tribeca.

The exterior of the firehouse became famous as the headquarters of Ghostbusters With Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Harold Ramis. In the 2016 reboot of the same name, Ghostbusters stars played by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones were filmed in a firehouse.

The firehouse is easy to spot, not only because of its beautiful, Technicolor architecture but also because of the Ghostbuster symbols on the sidewalk and on the facade of the building.

Nearby places to visit in Tribeca:

  • While dining at Tribeca Grill, located at 375 Greenwich Street, diners may see one of its famous owners — actor Robert De Niro.
  • Head west to Pier 25 along the Hudson River with an array of recreational activities such as an 18-hole miniature golf course, volleyball courts, a children’s playground, and a lounge chair overlooking the Hudson River.
Sky Bridge on Staple Street. Photography by RC Stapp
Sky Bridge on Staple Street. Photography by RC Stapp

Staple Street Sky Bridge, Tribeca

in Out of the Shadows, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles clan stopped in one of the most interesting alleys in all of New York. The Staple Street Skyway connecting 9 Jay Street to 67 Hudson Street was built solely to connect two buildings owned by New York Hospital.

Today, the third floors of both buildings are combined into a 7,500-square-foot residential/business loft that recently sold for $24 million.

Nearby places to visit in Tribeca:

  • Across West Street on the Hudson River is Teardrop Park, a veritable urban oasis with curving walkways and a surprisingly long playground.
  • For great American food, stop by Bubby’s, 120 Hudson Street.
Katz Daily. Photography by RC Stapp
Katz Daily. Photography by RC Stapp

Katz’s Deli, Lower East Side

Almost every neighborhood in Manhattan had a neighborhood delicatessen. Most have long since given in to the demand for healthier dining options with the exception of the venerable Katz’s Deli, located at 205 E. Houston Street.

In the world of cinema, Katz’s Deli is famous for the “I’ll have what you have” scene from the movie When Harry Met Sally With Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. There is a sign hanging from the ceiling today indicating the table where they sat. Katz’s Deli has been serving its famous pastrami sandwiches since 1888.

Other films that have used the deli as a location include: About the Universe, Donnie BrascoDisney Fascinated And We Own the Rights with Joaquin Phoenix and Eva Mendes.

Nearby places you can visit in the Lower East Side:

  • Visit the adjacent Tenement Museum and Delancey and Orchard Streets to learn the story of the immigrants and working-class families who lived in tenement buildings on the Lower East Side from the 1860s through the 1930s. Visitors can take guided tours of two restored apartment buildings, 97 Orchard Street and 103 Orchard Street.
  • In West Houston Street, Russ & Daughters is a smoked fish, caviar, and specialty foods shop that opened in 1914.
Friends building. Photography by RC Stapp
Friends building. Photography by RC Stapp

Friends Residential building, Western Village

At almost any hour of the day, people stop by the six-story red brick building at the corner of Bedford and Grove Streets to photograph the building known.

Although the interiors were filmed on a soundstage in Los Angeles, it remains one of the most popular movie locations for tourists in Manhattan. A Mediterranean restaurant, Little Owl, occupies the retail space on the corner of the first floor.

  • Across the West 4y street is Stonewall National Monument, 38-64 Christopher Street, a park that honors the struggle for civil rights for LGBT Americans.
  • 121 Charles Street is one of the most unusual buildings in Manhattan. Once on the Upper East Side, the farmhouse was moved in 1967 to its current location, where it has become a private home.
Carrie Bradshaw Stop. Photography by RC Stapp
Carrie Bradshaw Stop. Photography by RC Stapp

Carrie Bradshaw Stoop, West Village

Even more popular than friends The building is Carrie Bradshaw’s famous ramp, 66 Perry Street. This quintessential New York ramp with its brownstone facade, four steep steps and black wrought-iron railings has been featured in countless episodes of the TV series. Sex and the City serves as a backdrop for Carrie’s conversations with her friends, her romantic encounters, and her daily life.

  • Jefferson Market Bookstore, 425 6y The Avenue is a former courthouse that was converted into a public library. Mae West’s obscenity trial was held here after she was arrested and charged with obscenity for her Broadway play. Sex was considered too risky at the time. West was convicted and sentenced to 10 days in prison, but she used the trial to her advantage, generating publicity for herself and her play.
  • The White Horse Tavern, 567 Hudson Street, is a tavern dating back to around 1880 as a hangout for writers including Dylan Thomas, Jack Kerouac, James Baldwin and Anaïs Nin.
Fatal attraction building. Photography by RC Stapp
Fatal attraction building. Photography by RC Stapp

Fatal Attraction and Serpico Building the Western Village

Located at 675 Hudson Street, it is a 12-story red brick warehouse building best known as the apartment building for Alex Forrest’s character in Fatal Attraction. The building has also been featured in Serpico With Al Pacino,

Nearby places to visit in the West Village/Meatpacking District:

  • Chelsea Market, 9th and 15th Avenuey Street is an indoor market known for its wide range of groceries, stores, and restaurants.
  • Starting at Gansevoort and Washington streets, the High Line is a 1.45-mile elevated park created from an abandoned railroad line, offering stunning views, lush greenery and public art.
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, Gansevoort and 14y The street is known for its collection of contemporary American art from the 20th century in a stunning new building that offers outdoor space with great views of the Manhattan skyline.
Build the iron. Photography by RC Stapp
Build the iron. Photography by RC Stapp

Flatiron Building, Downtown East

Flatiron Building, 5th and 23rd AvenueResearch, and development The street was surreal Daily bugle The newspaper’s office is in Sam Al-Raymi Spider Man Trilogy starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. In the films, Peter Parker works as a freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle and is frequently shown arriving and leaving for work.

Nearby places to visit in Midtown East:

  • Across the street is Madison Square Garden, a delightful urban oasis home to the famous Shake Shack. The original Madison Square Garden was built in 1879 at the northeast corner of 26th Street and Madison Avenue but eventually moved to its current location at 7th and 34th Avenuesy Street.
  • The New York Life Madison Avenue building on the east side of the park is one of the city’s most iconic buildings with its gold-colored pyramidal roof.
Katharine Hepburn Park. Photography by RC Stapp
Katharine Hepburn Park. Photography by RC Stapp

Katharine Hepburn Park, Downtown East

A modest park on East 47th and 1st Streetstreet The avenue bears the name of one of the great Hollywood actresses and one of New York City’s most famous residents. In the 1980s, when the 80-year-old park fell into disrepair, a local community group launched a campaign to renovate the park and preserve its historic character.

When it was renovated and reopened in 1997, the park was named in her honor.

Nearby places to visit in Midtown East:

  • via 1street United Nations Street is open daily for tours.
  • Robert Moses Stadium (named after the New York City plan) at No. 42Second abbreviation Street and 1 Avenue is a popular place for exercising and walking dogs.
Marilyn Monroe Subway Grate. Photography by RC Stapp
Marilyn Monroe Subway Grate. Photography by RC Stapp

Marilyn Monroe Subway Grate, Downtown East

At the southeast corner of Lexington and 52nd StreetSecond abbreviation The street is a modest subway network. In the 1955 film The Seven-Year itchMarilyn Monroe plays a young woman who moves in upstairs opposite Tom Ewell’s character, Richard Sherman, while his wife and children are on vacation.

One evening, the two were returning home when they passed a subway system where the woman stopped to cool off and leaned against the grille, feeling the breeze coming from the passing trains. Her white dress billows out to reveal her legs and underwear.

This scene is one of the most iconic images in cinema history and helped cement Marilyn Monroe’s status as a sex symbol. The depiction of the scene in other media is arguably more famous than the film itself.

Nearby places to visit in Midtown East:

  • The historic Bloomingdale’s department store is located at 59y Avenue and Lexington Avenue.
Sutton Place Park. Photography by RC Stapp
Sutton Place Park. Photography by RC Stapp

Sutton Place Park, Downtown East

Not just Sutton Place Park, East 57thy The street, and the East River, the setting for many of Woody Allen’s scenes in Manhattan the photograph of the park at dusk overlooking.

This long and narrow garden features shade trees and benches, along with a prominent statue. fingera model of a marble statue in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

Nearby places to visit in Midtown East:

  • FDR Park, located at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit.
Jackie Gleason statue. Photography by RC Stapp
Jackie Gleason statue. Photography by RC Stapp

Jackie Gleason Honeymooners Statue downtown

There is a tribute to the history of film and television on the sidewalk outside the busiest bus station in the world, Port Authority Bus Terminal 8y 40th Streety Street.

In honor of Jackie Gleason’s role as fictional New York bus driver Ralph Kramden in the classic television series, honeymoon This sculpture was commissioned by TV Land and Gleason Properties and was dedicated in August 2000.

Nearby places to visit in the city center

  • At 42Second abbreviation Street between 8y And 7y The Avenues is Madame Tussauds New York, a quintessential setting that houses wax sculptures from films like the female version of Reboot. Ghostbusters And King Kong character.
  • The best place in Manhattan to sell books about Broadway, theater and film is Drama Book Store, 266 W. 39th.y street.
Bethesda Fountain. Photography by RC Stapp
Bethesda Fountain. Photography by RC Stapp

Bethesda Fountain, Central Park

After a long day of traveling through Manhattan searching for TV, movie, and celebrity locations, head to Central Park. Walk to the enchanting Bethesda Fountain which is often used in Hollywood scenes such as:

  • fascinated With Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey dancing and singing in the fountain
  • Home Alone 2 With Macaulay Culkin hiding from the bad guys in the fountain
  • dwarf With Will Ferrell singing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

Tips for visiting Manhattan

what’s new: Some of Manhattan’s new attractions include:

  • The Jackie Robinson Museum is near Canal Street at 75 Varick Street
  • The Broadway Museum is at 145 W. 45thy Street near Broadway
  • The Perelman Center for the Performing Arts is at 251 Fulton Street in midtown Manhattan near One World Trade Center

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