8 Famous Movie Scenes That Were Filmed in NYC

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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.

the godfather
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.
The Guggeinheim
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 was penguins waddling around during that frantic scene.
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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,” 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.

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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.

In “The Devil Wears Prada,” Andy finds down time 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.

Least Crowded Places for an Instagram-Worthy Photo Op in NYC

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Some of New York’s busiest areas are the site of photographs that are posted all over social media and kept in everyone’s photo albums for years to come. However, sometimes you may want to get away from the crowd and experience some of the more calm and serene areas in New York that provide breathtaking backdrops to your photos.
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Wave Hill

Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts. It provides several charming photo-ops with the greenery and blossoming flowers that are sure to be an unexpected highlight during your NYC trip.
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Doyers Street

Doyers Street in Chinatown is notoriously known as the “The Bloody Angle” because the curvilinear street enabled gangs to creep up on one another unseen. It is one block in length and has a sharp bend in the middle in which most people do not know even exists. This makes the street look incredibly long, allowing for a photo-op that is sure to leave your followers in awe at the length of the street and the surrounding emblems of Chinese culture that line the sidewalk.
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The Unisphere

The Unisphere, located at the center of the radial pathways in the northern half of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, was commissioned for the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65.  The sphere features representations of the continents and major mountain ranges in relief, and is encircled by three giant orbital rings that represent the tracks of early satellites.  The capital cities of the world are marked by lenses which, during the fair, were illuminated by flashing lights.  This beloved symbol of Queens will provide a great background to your photo as its beautiful architecture is sure to draw everyone’s attention to it.
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Valentino Pier

Now surrounded by industrial, residential, and historic buildings, Valentino Pier was once the site of an active shipping industry that once occupied the waters of the Buttermilk Channel and the Upper New York Harbor. Come here to capture a beautiful sunset with the silhouette of the Statue of Liberty in the background, as well as the scenic city scape.
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New York Chinese Scholars Garden

The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden adds new dimension to our understanding of life in ancient China and serves as the perfect setting for a quiet photo-op. It features magnificent architecture that resemble mountains that inspired the poetry and paintings of Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist monks and other scholars. Visitors can explore eight pavilions, a bamboo forest path, waterfalls, a Koi-filled pond, Chinese calligraphy, and a variety of Ghongshi scholar’s rocks including a 15-foot formation that towers over the central courtyard.
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FDR Four Freedoms Park

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is the first memorial dedicated to the former President in his home state of New York. Located on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in New York City, the Park celebrates the Four Freedoms, as pronounced in President Roosevelt’s famous January 6, 1941 State of the Union speech. Take a picture of the surrounded skyscrapers illuminated by the sun or capture the Empire State Building across the water at night, and enjoy the serenity of this picturesque park.

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Brooklyn Botanical Garden

This display of gardening and horticulture can serve as a beautiful backdrop to your photos. Enjoy the peace and serenity that the blooming flowers and chirping birds provide while snapping photos of some of the rarest types of flowers in the world.
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Gantry Plaza State Park

Gantry Plaza State Park is a 12-acre riverside oasis that boasts spectacular views of the midtown Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building and the United Nations. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the park’s four piers or through the park’s manicured gardens and unique mist fountain. Along the way take pictures of the rugged beauty of the park’s centerpieces – restored gantries. These industrial monuments were once used to load and unload rail car floats and barges; today they are striking reminders of our waterfront’s past. With the city skyline as a backdrop and the gantries as a stage, the park’s plaza is a wonderful place to enjoy a Spring day in New York and capture it in photos.

Conference House Park

Featuring three historical houses and outdoor activities.
Conference House Park
Conference House Park
Conference House Park in the Tottenville section of Staten Island, New York, is a great destination for both park and history buffs.

The Conference House Park combines the modern day events of a NYC Park and the commemorated events of a museum to show the widespread nature of American history. The Conference House Park includes three different houses which give an inside look into American life throughout history. Conference House Park features a 267 acre landscape for simply enjoying the scenery to partaking in different recreational events.

The Conference House Park includes three houses that serve as historical museums which show authentic views into past American life. The Ward House, built in 1830, sits on the waterfront providing breathtaking views and an interesting take on colonial life. In addition, The Biddle House, built in 1845, contains Greek revival architecture such as parallel sweeping and sloped rooflines. Due to its unique architecture, Biddle House continuously draws in visitors. The Rutan-Beckett House, modernized in the mid 19th century, changed its interior design to reflect American life in the 1950s. These various houses present an interesting look through American history. Finally, the houses are occasionally under renovation; before booking a tour check the website to find out about upcoming events.

The Conference House Park is home to many different types of outdoor activities and recreational events. Some of these activities include the newly renovated playgrounds, a visitors center, the waterfront pavilion, various paths for walking, hiking and biking, and what is known as “The South Pole” which is the southernmost point in New York State. Furthermore, the park is also home to many different kinds of cultural events such as movies in the park, holiday festivals, historical festivals, and different kinds of fitness events.

Superdry Clothing Store

A fashion chain for both men & women blending vintage Americana with British & Japanese inspiration.
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Superdry Clothing Store

Superdry Clothing Store is a contemporary brand that focuses on high quality products. They have a growing presence with 515 branded locations in 46 different countries,  5 of them in NYC.

Superdry’s style is vintage Americana with inspired graphics from Japan and a British style. The brand has gained exclusive appeal by the use of hand-drawn graphics together with tailored fits over a variety of different styles. Superdry Clothing Store is known for its quality fabrics, individual detailing and authentic vintage washes.

An inspirational trip to Tokyo led to the launch of the brand in 2003 with an aim to create “future classic” clothing. Superdry aims to create an attitude with no age at an affordable price-range for not only garments, but also footwear, accessories and cosmetics. They target people that want to feel amazing in what they wear and that have an appreciation for style, quality and attention to details.
Their home base is the UK, but they have a big international presence with publicity from celebrities such as Dvid Beckham, Zac Effron, Helena Christensen and Idris Elba and many more.

Further on, the store puts a lot of effort into health and safety and have implemented the United Nation’s Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights. A trading program is incorporated into their business module to help prevent human trafficking and slave labor in all their factories worldwide.
Additionally, to create the best customer and employee experience, a monthly risk management process takes place which includes inspections, annual auditing and trend analysis. These are used to diagnose hazard or risks and to ensure that the controls are effective.

The store promises great customer service and an easy to operate return experience! The brand has been in the US since 2015, to find on of their NYC locations click here.

Tottenville

History Close to Jersey
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Tottenville

This is the southernmost tip of Staten Island- that is, the part that’s closer to New Jersey than it is to Manhattan. It got its name in 1869 in honor of the prominent Totten family. (This family’s tombstones can be found in the Bethel Methodist Church here.) After its colonization, Tottenville became an important waypoint for travelers headed to Philadelphia. In those days, they took a small ferry, which went out of commission some time after the Outerbridge Crossing was built.

The neighborhood’s most well known point of interest is the Conference House, a historical building so named because of its role as a discussion site during the Revolutionary War. It remains a popular place to tour or host events. In fact, many of the 19th century structures built in Tottenville are still standing; they are closely associated with Victorian architecture. This makes the area unique for that section of Staten Island- the houses are more modern in its other southern neighborhoods.

Tottenville represents the final terminus of the Staten Island Railway, and is in fact the southernmost railway station in the entire State of New York. Aside from its rich history, Tottenville also harbors a branch of the New York Public Library, several Catholic parishes, and restaurants such as Ciro’s Pizzeria and Z-Two to satisfy whatever craving you have.

Richmond Town

Foundation of Founding Fathers
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Centrally located in Staten Island, Richmondtown is the perfect little destination for those who can’t get enough of American history. It used to be called “Coccles Town” because the locals would farm oysters and clams in the nearby Fresh Kills estuary. Today, it is a popular hub for families looking to relocate to Staten Island from other boroughs.
In 1728, a village was established in this neighborhood- and it has been preserved as a hallmark of New York history as an outdoor museum referred to as Historic Richmond Town. The campus is made up of some 30 historic buildings and plays host to a number of seasonal events and festivals.

One such structure is the 3rd County Courthouse, with its large white pillars, which was actually in use until 1919 (when a new one in St. George replaced it). Visitors can take guided tours of the complex almost year-round and even witness old demonstrations by volunteers in costume.
Richmondtown also contains a branch of the New York Public Library as well as a cemetery of the Hebrew Free Burial Society and the Church of St. Andrew, which is nationally registered as a historic destination.

CityPass

How to See Attractions in NYC
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CityPass
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Saving 40% off admission to the Big Apple’s best attractions and skipping most main-entrance ticket lines makes the CityPASS an attractive offer.   Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, it has a 98% customer recommendation rating.
The ticket booklets include The Empire State Building Experience, American Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Top of the Rock OR Guggenheim Museum, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise, 9/11 Memorial & Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Staten Island Museum

For Thinkers, Doers, and Curious People
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The Staten Island Museum, which welcomes nearly 220,000 people each year, is freshly opened in its new home in the borough’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. In 1965, museum members saved this historic site from demolition, and soon, the beautiful building, formerly a dormitory for retired seamen, will help visitors discover the unique offerings of New York City’s southernmost borough via the Staten Island Museum’s collection. In addition to the exterior being restored, the building has become LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental design) certified and will become a 21st-century, climate-controlled museum inside of a historical 19th-century landmarked structure. The original Staten Island Museum location still operates in St. George, near the ferry terminal.

The organization prides itself on providing a way to connect natural science, art, and history. And it has been doing so since 1881. The Museum displays its passion for life and the world through innovative exhibitions, stimulating programs, and scholarly research. It is also a member of NYC’s Cultural Institutions Group. With their help, collections are readily accessible to all.

St. George Theatre

From 1929 till Now
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st. george theatre_new york

This newly renovated Staten Island theater is one of the borough’s most beloved cultural spots, showcasing national tours, musical concerts, dance performances, comedy shows and more. Centered in the historic St. George District, the 2800-seat venue first opened its doors on December 4, 1929.

Believe it or not, the St. George Theatre was once destined for destruction. After operating as a movie palace for nearly 40 years, the owners did not know what to do with it. It was turned into a roller rink, antique showroom, and nightclub- and all of these ventures failed. In the 1990s, a new owner attempted to re-open it for performing arts…but this too was a failure. Finally, in 2004, Rosemary Cappozalo donated her life savings to preserve the venue, and the St. George experienced a renaissance.
With additional support from the community and government, the building was transformed into the marvel it is today. Restoration is still ongoing, but since the relaunch, stars from Brad Garrett and Jerry Seinfeld to Liza Minelli and Cyndi Lauper have entered its doors. In addition, the theatre hosts a variety of touring shows and concert acts every year. The St. George Theatre is worth checking out after riding the Ferry. Whether you’re seeing a performance, killing time, or enjoying architecture, there’ll be something for you!
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Staten Island Yankees

The "Baby Bombers"
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staten island yankees

The Staten Island Yankees, the short-season affiliate of the New York Yankees, provide great minor league baseball and wonderful family entertainment at Richmond County Bank Ballpark on Staten Island from mid-June until Labor Day. You and the entire family can watch baseball’s future stars and prospects (many former and current Yankees have played in Staten Island before making their way to the Major Leagues) invade Staten Island while consuming tasty and reasonably priced food like craft beers and nachos in a helmet.

Richmond County Bank Ballpark, which has a capacity of just over 7,000, provides a great view of the Manhattan skyline. It’s not a myth when they say “there’s not a bad seat in the house” when talking about this ballpark. This is the place to be for baseball junkies, as “The Battle of the Boroughs” between Staten Island and the Brooklyn Cyclones is a must-see event, while most of the top picks in the June MLB First-Year Player Draft will make their professional debuts against the SI Yankees. Tickets and concessions are reasonably priced. And every seat is close to the action. Kids even get to run the bases after some games. Anyone can interact with “Scooter the Holy Cow,” the SI team mascot. The stadium is walking distance from the Staten Island Ferry. The venue also hosts concerts and festivals through the summer and fall.