The Big Apple has played host to the filming of a number of Hollwwood blockbusters.
The raw energy on the streets, the melting pot of cultures, a junction of commerce, industry and entertainment, New york naturally tops the list for thrillers, action packed dramas and the more subtle, nouveau-riche social dramas on the lives of strugglers.
From musty film studios to malls and supermarkets, from bridges to the teetering highrises, from busy streets to parks, New York’s famous skyscape has been a staple to many legendary movies. Given here are the five must-see places in New York City where you could walk a few famous steps.
1. Times Square
A steady stream of yellow cabs and gigantic digital hoardings are the usual backdrop in most movies shot here. The unmistakable traffic and a discrete crowd more keen to get on with their tele-talk captures the essence of New York’s pace like no other.
Iconic movies like the Taxi Driver, Crocodile Dundee, Maid of Honor, Vanilla Sky, Last Action Hero, The Smurfs, Spiderman 3, I Am Legend, Shaft and a plethora of other films found Times Square to be the perfect back drop.
From Robert de Niro to Will Smith, from Tom Cruise to John Cusack, Hollywood hunks have blended into the real Big Apple with absolute ease!
2. Fifth Avenue
Ghost Busters, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 13 going on 30, Arthur, Meet Joe black, Ransom and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice are only few of the mega movies featuring scenes shot here.
Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly stared into the window of Tifanny’s, wearing an evening gown with a take-away coffee in her hand, with a rather sleepy avenue as the backdrop (having been shot in the wee hours of the morning). This scene alone made Fifth Avenue a much sought after location for movie scenes.
One of the most expensive real estates anywhere in the world (according to Forbes), many renowned fashion and business houses operate from this midtown commercial district of Manhattan.
3. Grand Central Terminal
The imperious curved dome and the fabulous lighting spells instant drama to one who can weild a camera and if stars walk hurriedly down the polished floors, criss-crossed by busy commuters, instant energy vibrates throught the scene. That’s Grand Central for you!
The Hitchcock classic North by Northwest, Armageddon, Step up 3D, US Marshalls, Midnight Run, Taking of Pelham 123, and Extreme Measures all found this station the perfect nerve center for their action sequences.
Apart from being a celluloid favorite, it is also the world’s sixth most visited tourist location.
4. The Brooklyn Bridge
A national historic site with its neo-gothic columns and cabling in an intricate pattern, the Brooklyn Bridge is a visual treat and a perfect setting for movies. At 6016 feet and thousands of commuters moving across it, the bridge acquires a dramatic character with its fascinating illumination in the evenings.
Blowing up the bridge in I am Legend, to paying a backdrop for Godzilla, this icon of New York was also central to the scenes in the Fantastic four, Jungle 2 Jungle, Hudson Hawk, The Siege, Kate and Leopold, Enchanted, Two for the Money and many others.
5. The Waldorf Astoria Hotel
From Serendipty (where John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale ride the glass elevators) to Ginger Rogers and Lana Turner in Weekend at the Waldorf, this understated landmark has also been the location for roamntic flicks like Maid in Manhattan, Scent of a woman, Two Week’s Notice, as well as movies such as Crimes and Misdemeanors, Mr and Mrs Smith, and The Pink Panther Special edition.