New York Movie Locations

September 06, 2015 // : Sander Jonkheijm // IN: Film Locations

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New York Movie Locations

Sander Jonkheijm | September 06, 2015      Film Locations 


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As a movie lover you are in the right place in New York. Dozens of iconic films were shot here which everyone still remembers. What about Breakfast at Tiffany's where Audrey Hepburn looks dreamy into a Tiffany shopping window while she eats her breakfast? Or Vanilla Sky where Tom Cruise at one point stands alone in Times Square? Have you planned a visit to The Big Apple? Look around if you can spot the following film locations.

Fame (1980)

For the title song of this film, in which students from the High School for Performing Arts improvise a dance in the middle of traffic, the creators of the movie arranged that 46th Street was closed for several days. The school which the story is based on is located on the left side of the street, but they were not allowed to film in the building because the school board was afraid that they would get a bad reputation because of the 'bad language' which appeared in the film. The filmmakers decided to convert a former church on the right side of 46th Street to build the school.

When Harry met Sally (1989)

The most memorable ánd the most talked about scene from the film When Harry Met Sally is the scene where Sally fakes an orgasm in the middle of a coffee shop. This was filmed at Katz's Delicatessen at 205 East Houston Street. On the table where the scene is filmed, is a label that says "Congratulations! You're sitting where Harry Met Sally "

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Sleepless in Seattle is a romantic comedy in which Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan play the leading role. The film is inspired by "An Affair to Remember". The highlight of the film is the scene were the main characters finally see each other at the top of the Empire State Building. This is a reference to a reunion between Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. But the scene is not filmed at the Empire State Building but in a department store with a replica version of the Empire State Building Observation Deck.

Coyote Ugly (2000)

The film Coyote Ugly is based on the article "The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon” in GQ. The bar that opened in 1993 became extremely popular with the Lower East Side hipsters. Typical of the bar is that the female bartenders dance on the bar. A large part of the movie is also filmed in the now popular Meatpacking District. Violet's apartment is located in Manhattan at 165 Mott Street and Broome Street.

Closer (2004)

Closer is a romantic drama film based on the award-winning 1997 play with the same name. The film is seen by some as a modern and tragic version of Mozarts opera Cosi Fan Tutte. There are also references to the opera in both the plot and the soundtrack. The bulk of the movie was filmed in London, but the iconic final scene was filmed at Time Square.

World Trade Center (2006)


The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The brilliant comedy The Wolf of Wall Street tells the story of Jordan Belfort that goes from a poor guy to a filthy rich merchant, but of course his work is a bit shady. The scenes of Wall Street are indeed filmed in the real Wall Street in Manhattan. The iconic scene in which Matthew McConaughey shares his ‘hum-ritual’ with Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed at the  'Skytop' restaurant on the 41th-floor Top of the Sixes on New York's 5th Avenue.


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