Famous New York City Film Locations to Visit

September 11, 2020

Who doesn’t love to watch movies and TV shows? While many known movies and shows were shot and produced in California, there are a handful of iconic scenes and locations that are based in New York. Ready to take a walking tour of New York City? Let’s go!

Katz’s Delicatessen

Located at 205 E Houston St. in New York, New York, there’s something special about this specific deli that sets it apart from the rest. Katz’s Delicatessen was the setting for the most iconic scene in one of the most beloved romantic comedies of the century, When Harry met Sally: when Sally fakes an orgasm right at the table, causing an onlooker to say, “I’ll have what she’s having!”

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Another setting from When Harry Met Sally, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, located at 1000 5th Ave in New York, New York. Most commonly known as “The Met,” this is the scene where Harry takes Sally on a stroll through the Egyptian Room at the Met. However, a scene that is much more iconic isn’t even inside the Met. It’s outside on the steps! Blair from Gossip Girl frequently eats her lunch on the steps with her friends. 

Friends Apartment

Photo: Lena Zhu

You can’t have this list without the most iconic and memorable building and TV show of all time, Friends. The Friends Apartment, located at 90 Bedford Street in New York, New York, is a popular tourist attraction for local and international Friends fanatics, alike. While Friends was filmed in California (Burbank and LA), the fictional story is set in Manhattan, so it earns its spot on this list.

Times Square

Of course, the most popular tourist attraction is on this list, shown in many movies and TV shows such as 13 Going on 30, Blindspot (TV show), The Amazing Spiderman 2, How to Be Single, Disney’s Enchanted, and Ugly Betty. New York natives and nomads know to avoid Times Square unless absolutely necessary, so visit Times Square at your own discretion.

Central Park

Central Park is located between the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side. Spanning approximately 843 acres, this location is New York’s largest urban park in the Manhattan area. Disney’s Enchanted’s most popular song “That’s How You Know” was filmed in Central Park. In this scene, Giselle (played by Amy Adams) walks with Robert Phillip (Patrick Dempsey) and asks him how his fiancée knows that he loves her. She goes on to frolic and dance through Central Park, perking up those she passes. Other popular movies shot in Central Park are Ghostbusters, Home Alone 2, Elf, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Serendipity, to name a few.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is one of the most emblematic buildings in New York City. It’s what most people think of (aside from Times Square) when someone mentions New York. Located at 20 W 34th St., in New York, New York, this great building is most notably featured in King Kong (1933). Can you imagine King Kong climbing this tall building, swatting away at planes? I sure can.

Sleepless in Seattle, produced and written by Nora Ephron, also gave some charm and love to the top of the Empire State Building. Aside from this well known “chick flick,” other acclaimed movies that feature this building include Superman (when Superman throws Kryptonian villains into the said building) and Elf (starring Will Ferrell, when Papa Elf gives him a snow globe with the Empire State Building). 

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is not just any library. The library is incredibly beautiful with its old age architecture, marble walls and art on its ceilings. The library spans for two whole blocks, making it the second-largest public library in the United States, and third-largest in the world. The library is filled with over 50 million items. Aside from its beautiful architecture, on-screen, it’s been in movies and TV shows like The Thomas Crown Affair, Maid in Manhattan, 13 Going on 30, Sex and the City: The Movie, Ghostbusters, and The Day After Tomorrow.

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