Last April I made a quick visit to New York. As I didn’t have any time to waste I made a list (a very eclectic one) of films and tv series locations in the city.
Without further due, here are my favorites:
1. Angels in America: central park’s angel of the waters
We start at Central Park. Located in Manhattan, between the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side, Central Park is one of the most filmed locations in the world.
The final scene of Mike Nichols’ Angels in America (2003) was shot in Central Park’s Bethesda Terrace. On the lower level of the terrace is the fountain with the Angel of the Waters statue.
Other TV series shot in this location: in Season 1, episode 3 of Gossip Girl, Blair and Serena meet at Bethesda Terrace and put their differences aside (but not for long). It is also the place where Blair and Chuck tied the knot during the series finale.
2. SEINFELD: TOM’S RESTAURANT
We walk some blocks north of Central Park and we find Tom’s Restaurant. Located at 2880 Broadway Street (Upper West Side), this restaurant’s facade is the iconic establishing shot of Seinfeld’s Monk’s Cafe.
It is open every day, and some days for 24 hours. Even though the inside is different from what you see in the series (the diner scenes were shot in a studio), Tom’s Restaurant is a great place to get a good cup of coffee and some scrambled eggs (and maybe a pie after that).
And if you want to exercise a little bit after your visit to Tom’s I recommend going to Columbia University just 2 blocks from there. You can walk around the campus just like any regular student and check out its beautiful architecture.
3. Seinfeld: the original soupman
We make our way south, keeping to the west side, and we find other Seinfeld related site.
Located at 259 W 55th St, The Original Soupman is a chain of restaurants that served as an inspiration for “The Soup Nazi” (Season 7, episode 6) where Jerry, George, and Elaine have to follow a strict set of rules on how to order the soup and bread.
4. WOODY ALLEN’S MANHATTAN: SUTTON PLACE PARK
With an amazing view of the East River and the Queensboro Bridge, Sutton Place Park is famous for the iconic scene from the 1980 movie Manhattan.
In order to find it, you have to walk to the E 58th and Sutton Pl. It’s quite easy to spot.
Should you have any time left, I recommend a visit to Roosevelt Island. The Roosevelt Island Tramway station is just a few blocks from this location (E 59th and 2nd Av.).
5. 30 ROCK: ROCKEFELLER CENTER
Located between 48th and 51st Streets and facing Fifth Avenue, the Rockefeller Center is one of the main attractions in New York City.
Many 30 Rock outdoor scenes were shot in this place. There are many things to do in this complex, such as visiting the Top of the Rock Observatory to marvel at New York’s Skyline ($39.20), being part of the audience at a Jimmy Fallon’s taping (https://fallon.1iota.com/show/353/The-Tonight-Show-Starring-Jimmy-Fallon), doing the NBC tour ($33), and if you are lucky enough to be here during Christmas time, you can ice skate at The Rink (https://therinkatrockcenter.com/).
6. GOSSIP GIRL: GRAND CENTRAL Terminal
Gossip Girl’s opening scene takes place at Grand Central Terminal, located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue (Midtown Manhattan). Serena arrives at the city after a long absence and is spotted by one of Gossip Girls’ spies.
With a wonderful ceiling decorated with astronomical constellations and an impressive architecture, the central part of the station is featured in many films and TV series such as Broad City (Season 1, episode 8), Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, Brian de Palma’s The Untouchables, and more.
7. FRIENDS: WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK
Located in Greenwich Village (Lower Manhattan), Washington Square Park is an iconic location in several TV series. In Friends, it is often seen as an establishing shot between scenes. It also appears in Marter of None (Season 2) and several times in Mozart in the Jungle.
8. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY: KATZ’S Delicatessen
Located at 205 East Houston Street, Katz’s Delicatessen is the place where the iconic orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally (1989) takes place. It is open every day from 8 am till late night hours. I ordered Katz’s Pastrami which was delicious but so big I couldn’t finish it. Next time “I’ll have what she’s having”.
9. SEX AND THE CITY THE MOVIE: THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
Completed in 1883, The Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan with Brooklyn, across the East River. It is a very popular attraction and it is always very crowded.
In the first Sex and the City movie, this is the place where Miranda and Steve reunite after their separation.
10. MR. ROBOT: CONEY ISLAND
Finally, we end our New York location’s tour at Coney Island. Home of the hacking group Fsociety, Coney Island is a peninsula on the western end of Long Island.
You can easily get there by subway taking the B line in Manhattan and then the Q at Sheepshead Bay. It is a 1 hour and 10 minutes journey.
Once you are there you can enjoy a nice walk at the boardwalk, have fun at the Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, or devour a delicious hot dog at Nathan’s.
Note: the Amusement Park is not open every day, so I recommend checking out its website for more information: https://www.denoswonderwheel.com/hours/