New York City’s diverse culture and variety of restaurants, libraries, shops, and other public institutions have made for picturesque filming locations for some of the most popular movies of all time.
Visit these locations to see where movie magic came to life, and discover if your favorite movies were shot on the bustling streets of NYC.
The Departed –
“The Departed,” the 2006 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg, is set in Boston but was filmed in New York City. Several interior shots at the Charles Street Brasserie set in Beacon Hill, Boston, where Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) and his friends hang out, were actually filmed at Raoul’s in SoHo.
In the 1972 film “The Godfather”, Marlon Brando plays mafia boss Vincent Corleone who lives on Long Island.
But in actuality, this elaborate mansion is on Longfellow Avenue in Emerson Hill, Staten Island. This English Tudor-style mansion was built in the 1930s, and its two stories total 24,000 square feet.
Mr. Poppers Penguins –
During the black-tie gala during the 2011 movie “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”, starring Jim Carrey, the white spiral structure in the scene indicates that it was shot at the Guggenheim Museum.
This scene was shot overnight and the actors had to pretend there were penguins waddling around during that frantic scene.
The Ghostbusters –
The New York Public Library is the setting of one of the most famous scenes from the movie “Ghostbusters.”
Opening with a shot of the marble lions and followed by their first ghost encounter in the reading room, this scene was actually shot in the Los Angeles Central Library but garnered considerable prominence for the New York Public Library since the film was based in the heart of NYC.
The lions in front of the library have become the center of tourist photos and have been featured in several television shows since the film.
The Warriors –
“The Warriors,” a 1979 cult film features a gang from Coney Island that engages in a turf war with a gang from the bronx after being framed for murder.
In the last scene of the movie, the Warriors return to the Coney Island area for a final confrontation with the Rogues.
When Harry Met Sally –
“When Harry Met Sally” features Katz’s Deli as one of the famous scenes in movie history. See the table where Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal sat and chatted in the movie and had their infamous interaction, and order a delicious pastrami sandwich for a delicious taste of NYC.
New York is certainly famous for having a delicious selection of pizzerias.
Joe’s Pizza has multiple locations throughout the city, but the most famous one is also the site of Peter Parker’s temporary employment as a delivery boy in “Spiderman.” Stop by one of the locations and grab a slice.
The Devil Wears Prada –
In “The Devil Wears Prada,” Andy finds downtime with her friends at Bubby’s and then their hangout is cut short by calls from Andy’s boss Miranda Priestly, played by the talented Meryl Streep.