The more you see New York, the more you’re reminded of why some call NYC the most-filmed city in the world. If you’re a TV or movie buff looking to cover a ton of ground and check off over 40 locations featured in some iconic TV shows & movies, then the NYC TV & Movie Tour is just your ticket. Set aside a beautiful morning to see the Rum House from Birdman (2014), cruise by the hotel from American Hustle (2013), and explore many more spots featured on the big and small screen. You’ll discover locations from new shows like the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015) and Marvel’s Daredevil (2015) as well as from classics like Friends and Ghostbusters. Start with these quintessential TV shows & movies that use New York as their backdrop. Catch these locations and more on this tour or come back later to stage your own romantic close-ups from these five.
Queensboro Bridge – Seen in Manhattan (1979)
It’s right below the glow of the Queensboro bridge (known as the 59th Street Bridge to some) that in Manhattan the music swells and Isaac and Mary end their night of witty banter together. You’ll find the spot just off 58th Street on the East Side, where Sutton Square meets Riverview Terrace. At dusk, take a break from your own neurotic thoughts and instead take in the bridge’s whimsical lighting.
Observation Deck of the Empire State Building – Seen in Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
All right, so you already know you’ll be visiting this essential New York landmark, but take a moment to remember the touching conclusion of Sleepless in Seattle when breathing in the fresh night air on the deck that overlooks the Chrysler Building. That’s exactly where Sam and Annie finally meet—Sam taking her hand and walking her and his son into happily ever after.
Katz’s Delicatessen – Seen in When Harry Met Sally (1989)
The iconic lunch scene from yet another classic New York love story, When Harry Met Sally, took place inside one of the city’s lunchtime institutions. It’s worth popping in Katz’s Delicatessen on the Lower East Side (off of East Houston Street at the corner of Ludlow) just to wrap your hands around their pastrami and mustard on rye (and don’t forget the juicy pickles). But the deli is also the perfect place to converse with your sweetheart about the many facets of love. Please, just don’t be the millionth person to quote: “I’ll have what she’s having!”
Tiffany & Co. – Seen in Breakfast at Tiffany’s 1961)
Throw on your pearls, grab a pastry and a cup of coffee, and head straight to the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street to peer longingly in the Tiffany & Co. windows, just like Holly Golightly did in one of the 1960s’ most classic film scenes in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. No need to get the “mean reds”: you’re in one of the best cities in the world—about to head into one of the best stores in the world.
52nd Street and Lexington Avenue – Seen in The Seven Year Itch 1955)
It’s the first scene that comes to mind when people remember Marilyn Monroe is from The Seven Year Itch—her laughing as she tries to contain her windblown, unruly white dress. If you blink, you’ll miss this unassuming subway grate right at 52nd and Lexington Avenue. There’s not much to see, of course, but how can you resist running out to her exact spot to strike a few poses? It’s where the cinematic spirit of the city is at its most potent. Just beware of catcalls.