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.
FILM LOCATIONS IN MANHATTAN
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
"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
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.
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.
"Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) on Fifth Avenue.
"Sex and the City" on Fifth Avenue x 57th Street
"Men In Black" – American Museum of Natural History
The classic "Breakfast At Tiffany's" – 5th Ave x 57th St
"Catch Me If you Can" – Former TWA terminal at JFK
Kim Basinger in Soho, Spring Street Gallery, 101 Spring Street
Interactive map with 517 Movies, 17,241 Filming Locations (2011-2014). Click on the image to enjoy.