New York is a vibrant city. You probably have heard, it never sleeps. And as Frank said again and again: "If you can make it here you can make it anywhere."

It's a concrete jungle where dreams are made. More than 8.5 million people from all over the world call the Big Apple home, and another 60 million or so visit it every year.

That happens for a good reason: no matter what you love or which are your interests – art, food, architecture, photography, shopping, sightseeing, theater, music, romance, adventure, exploration – New York is the place where you can find it all and much more.

It's a new surprise on every corner, every day. It's a dream in every heart. Just have your eyes and sensibility open. In New York you can learn a new thing every single day. In New York you can make your dream come true. So, why not give it a try?

New York City is the Great Studio ( I )

New York City is the Great Studio ( I )

Film production in New York City began in the 1940s with "The Naked City". Films were mostly made in Hollywood and London at the time and occasionally went on location to places like Las Vegas and Paris, though primarily to take advantage of Las Vegas hotel deals or stay at a nice Paris hotel. A decade later and film-makers were soon flocking to New York City.

New York City is the Great Studio ( I )

Visual story by Lucas Compan

In 1954, another New York production "On the Waterfront" won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, at the Academy Awards. In 1955, "Marty" also won Best Picture and three other Oscars. Since those days, there have been hundreds of films and television shows filmed in the streets of New York City, but not all of them have been true to their word with clever special effects, library footage, and even other cities playing the part of New York have been used to keep film budgets low.

Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1966, the Mayor of the City of New York John V. Lindsay established the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (then, Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment)–the first agency of its kind in the world.

In this story, you will find apartment buildings, offices, blocks, and street locations for some of the most famous films shot in NYC, as well as those not so famous. The maps with the locations were designed by On the Set of New York, a non-profit website purely dedicated to showcasing movies that have been filmed in the state of New York.


Take a tour around the streets of Manhattan with the help of these exclusive location maps. In upper Manhattan see the townhouse used in "Panic Room", the cafe in "You've Got Mail," the famous apartment buildings featured in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," and "The Seven Year Itch." In midtown Manhattan you can also see the famous Waldorf Astoria that featured "Serendipity," "Maid in Manhattan," and many more. 

In lower Manhattan, visit the deli featured in "When Harry Met Sally," the apartment building in "Ghost," the bistro in "No Reservations" and the "Ghostbusters" headquarters. All these locations and many more are available on these maps


Download this map, so you can visit the locations. You can also have your own personal tour with multilingual tour guide.

"Maid in Manhattan" (2002) in Central Park location – Image: Christopher Moloney and his series FILMography

"You've Got Mail" (1998) location in the Upper West Side. Image: Christopher Moloney and his series FILMography

"No Reservations" location on 22 Blecker Street bistrot

Cafe Lalo, 83rd Street, Upper West Side

"Men in Black 3" location at 405 Lexington Avenue

"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" filming on Battery Park

"Men in Black 3" – Will Smith at the entrance of Chrysler Building

Midtown Manhattan (or simply Midtown) is home to world-famous commercial zones such as Rockefeller Center,  Broadway, and Times Square. Midtown Manhattan is home to the city's tallest and most famous buildings such as the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. As New York's largest central business district, Midtown Manhattan is indisputably the busiest single commercial district in the United States, and among the most intensely and diversely used pieces of real estate in the world.

"I Am Logend" (2007) location on Washington Square ParkImage: Christopher Moloney and his series FILMography

The great majority of New York City's skyscrapers, including its tallest hotels and apartment towers, lie within Midtown. More than 700,000 commuters work in its offices, hotels, and retail establishments; the area also hosts many tourists, visiting residents, and students. Some areas, especially Times Square and Fifth Avenue, have massive clusters of retail establishments. Sixth Avenue in Midtown holds the headquarters of three of the four major television networks, and is one of a few global centers of news and entertainment. It is also a growing center of finance, second in importance within the United States only to Downtown Manhattan's Financial District. Times Square is also the epicenter of American theater.

Leonardo DiCaprio – "Catch Me If You Can" (2002) on Park AvenueImage: Christopher Moloney and his series FILMography

Download this map. You can also have your own personal tour with multilingual tour guide.

"Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) on Fifth Avenue.

Image: Christopher Moloney and his series FILMography

"Sex and the City" on Fifth Avenue x 57th Street

"Sex and The City", (2010) Fifht Avenue and 57th Street. Image: Christopher Moloney and his series FILMography

"Men In Black" – American Museum of Natural History

Image: Christopher Moloney and his series FILMography

The classic "Breakfast At Tiffany's" – 5th Ave x 57th St

"Catch Me If you Can" – Former TWA terminal at JFK

"9 1/2 Weeks" (1986) 

"The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

"Coyote Ugly" (2000)

Kim Basinger in Soho, Spring Street Gallery, 101 Spring Street

"9 1/2 Weeks" – Kim Basinger at Spring Street Gallery, 101 Spring Street and Green Street, Soho

"Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999) location at Tom Ripley's apartment, Franklyn Place and White Street

Film locations in Downtown Manhattan (Image: courtesy of OntsoNY)

"Coyote Ugly" location – Violet Stanford's apartment at 165 Mott Street and Broome Street

"The Godfather" Part III (1990)

"The Sorcere's Apprentice" (2010)

"Catch Me If You Can" (2002)

Coming up next: a complete list of film locations in Central Park In New York, you can book your own personal tour with multilingual tour guide, so you can get to know your favorite film locations in the city.

Monica Bellucci – "The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) location in Battery Park


Interactive map with 517 Movies, 17,241 Filming Locations (2011-2014). Click on the image to enjoy.


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