Film industry has discovered the Big 🍏 — explore movie spots on your New York visit

Make your New York travel plans more interesting by adding these famous movie sets to your itinerary.


Move over Hollywood! Whether you’re blending in with the crowd at Times Square, taking a stroll around Central Park, or visiting any other famous destination in NYC, chances are you’re standing where famous movie scenes have been shot.

You’d be hard-pressed to find to find a popular spot in New York that hasn’t appeared on the silver screen, which is why we think it’s a great destination for movie geeks!

Besides movies a record number of TV shows is also filmed in New York City. Officials are crediting some of the surge to the popularity of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. In total, the city estimates the filmed entertainment industry contributes nearly $9 billion to the local economy a year.

But with so many different movie-related locations in one city, it can be hard to choose which spots to check out. We’re introducing just a handful of the coolest ones here, but there are loads more on your Map Your City app. Your “pop culture” filter will help you find them. Don’t forget to click on ❤️ to save each spot to your favorites!

American Museum of Natural History — Night at the Museum

The AMNH has appeared in many different movies, including the kid-centric comedy Night At the Museum featuring Ben Stiller. Although they crew did not film the interior scenes at the AMNH, the movie has helped to attract visitors, especially younger ones, to the museum. The AMNH now offers the Night at the Museum Tour, so visitors can check out the exhibitions featured in the movie.

Firehouse Hook and Ladder Company №8 — Ghostbusters

Don’t be fooled by the not-so-special facade of Firehouse Hook and Ladder Company №8 in Tribeca, NYC. Although it seems like any other fire station at first glance, it’s actually one of the sets of the legendary movie Ghostbusters. Make sure to check out the Ghostbusters logos on the sidewalk in front of the building when you visit!

Times Square — Vanilla Sky

Believe it or not, the so-called “crossroads of the world” attract around 50 million visitors each year. In fact, over 460,000 pedestrians walk through Times Square during the busiest days. But in Vanilla Sky, featuring Tom Cruise, the area was absolutely empty. The production was allowed to close the area for just one day, which was unprecedented.

Battery Park — Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Central Park isn’t the only NYC park that has appeared in famous movies. Battery Park is also a popular choice. It has appeared in many well-known films, such as Desperately Seeking Susan, Men in Black and the Royal Tenenbaums. Most recently, it was used as a setting for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, featuring Shia LaBeouf and Michael Douglas.

Steeplechase Pier — Requiem for a Dream

The Steeplechase Pier is one of the settings of the critically-acclaimed Requiem For A Dream, based on a book of the same name. In the movie, during a drug-induced hallucination, Harry (Jared Leto) sees his girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connely) standing on the pier in a red dress. The scene also appears in the movie’s theatrical release poster.

Sendipity III — Serendipity

Its celebrity visitors and unique signature dish, the oxymoronic Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, aren’t the only reasons for Serendipity III’s rapport. In the early 2000s, the shop became even more famous after its appearance in the movie Serendipity. In the movie, Jonathan (John Cusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale), visit the restaurant after meeting for the first time.


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About the Author: Christie Suyanto is a Data Avenger at Map Your City.