New York from big screens

March 12, 2016

When coming to New York for the first time, most of the  people, including myself, say that the city looks exactly like in the movies. Well, what can I tell, if this place is probably one of the most appeared on the screen. You can’t even imagine how many times I’ve heard the phrase “oh, is it the same bridge from home alone.”? And that’s OK, because it’s a one thing to see it on a screen and quite another when you see the places where these stories have actually “happened.” All at once comes to life and becomes more tangible and a little magical. Before I came to New York, this will sound oddly enough, but I get a similar feeling to the famous cemeteries, for example, Pere Lachaise in Paris, where rest Edith Piaf, Gertrude Stein, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison and hundreds other incredible people, personifying the whole era.

In NY it’s all happening here and now, and sometimes, when running after the work out down 5th Avenue, and head is filled with a bunch of issues and you’re starving, you stop for  moment, realizing where you are, all these old yellow cabs, thousands of golden city lights and the fates of millions happening right in front of you. And it seems that this point could easily have been the scene from the film about how important it is to notice the world around you. Of course, this can happen anywhere basically, but for me, born in 90s, New York is an ideal scenery for any kind of story.
A couple of months ago, I had long overnight flight with Air France. Insomnia and migraine – are not the best companions, but these french guys have nice selection of movies for such flights. I decided to strike another film from the list for “the other time”, and, finally, watched “Manhattan” by Woody Allen. After living in  NY for a year, I realized that the 40-year-old city is not that different from the modern one. And some of the shots are so beautiful, that when you walk through the filming locations- it’s like to see the city through the director’s eyes. Then I have not even thought about the blog, but the idea to collect at least a small selection of such places – firmly stuck in my head. Of course, such a list can be continuously supplemented and updated, but it is necessary at least to start. I’m definitely missing something / forgotten and if you suddenly remember anything interesting, please add  in a comment below.


The Seven Year Itch by Billy Wilder, 1955
1. 52nd and Lexington Venue


Manhattan by Woody Allen, 1979
1. Sutton Square and Sutton place, view on Queensboro Bridge
2. Russian Tea room
3. Boating lake, Central Park


Ghost Busters by Ivan Reitman, 1984
1. Fire station at 14 North Moore street
2. New York Public Library on Fifth Ave


Sid and Nancy by Alex Cox, 1986
1. Hotel Chelsea, 222 West 23rd Street (hotel where couple stays and Nancy dies at in NY)


Scent of a Woman by Martin Brest, 1992
1. Waldorf-Astoria Hotel – 301 Park Avenue
2. Hempstead House, Sands Point Preserve – 95 Middleneck Road, Port Washington, Long Island, New York, USA (school)


Leon: The Professional by Luc Besson, 1994
1. Leon’s apartment: exterior at 71 East 97th Street, interior at Chelsea Hotel 222 West 23rd Street
2. Roosevelt island tramway
3. 7th Avenue between 55th and 56th streets


Cruel Intentions by Roger Kumble, 1999
1. Valmont mansion, 79 St at 5th Ave, Ukrainian Institute of America
2. The Rosemont Estate, Old Westbury Gardens, Long Island


Requiem for a Dream by Darren Aronofsky, 2000
1. Brighton beach
2. Sarah Goldfarb’s apartment 3152 Brighton Sixth street


The Wolf of the Wall Street by Martin Scorsese, 2013
1. Restaurant at 666 5th Ave, 41st floor
2. North Cove Marina


Birdman by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, 2014
1. St. James Theatre, 246 West 44th St


Bridge of spies by Steven Spielberg, 2015
1. New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn Heights (vintage trains)
2. New York County Supreme Courthouse (U.S. Supreme Court Exterior)


I’d like also to mention separately these two spots as a really popular as a movie locations throughout the years:
1. Russian Tea Room Besides of being a movie locations it is known as one of a favourites Ayn Rand’s restaurant and place where Madonna used to work once.
2. Grand Central Terminal

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