Manhattan Movie Scenes

Manhattan Movie Scenes

Mahogany

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New York, NY / Entertainment / Sights

A great thing about New York City is that it is often the backdrop of movies we love. This Mixsee will spotlight some of the Manhattan locations that were shot for popular movies.

1. Ghostbusters Headquarters

Ghostbusters Headquarters

14 N Moore St New York, NY, 10013

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Ghostbusters was a "very New York" series of movies. It was really cool to see many New York City landmarks haunted, and the Ghostbusters team chasing after ghosts with proton packs on their backs. If you want to see where the containment chamber for all of those ghosts is, head to the Ghostbusters firehouse down in Tribeca :).
This scene shows the team deciding to buy the firehouse.
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2. I'll Have What She's Having

Katz's Delicatessen

205 E Houston St New York, NY, 10002

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Back when the movie When Harry Met Sally came out, filming a public orgasm scene was a novel (and arguably shocking) thing for movie viewers to watch. Actually, it probably would still be shocking for viewers (aside from the fact that doing that today would likely just remind people of Meg Ryan).

And did they choose some random sidewalk, or a park or an elevator to shoot it? No, they made it as public as possible by choosing a well-known (and thusly, often busy) eating place.

Head to Katz, get a roast beef sandwich or something and give your taste buds an orgasm as you sit near where Harry and Sally sat that day.

Speaking of orgasms, there are two "Sexy NYC" spots near Katz's Deli. In fact, if you were to take the Sexy NYC Mixsee tour, you could easily pass by Katz's Deli between stops #3 and #4 by going north on Ludlow Street after leaving stop #3.
Here is the scene.
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3. A Pimp's Porch

Where DeNiro talks to the pimp

204 E 13th St New York, NY, 10003

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Robert De Niro's character had difficulty connecting to people in this movie, and that made him strange, an outcast, and ultimately led him to feel like a victim of all things wrong with society. Perhaps their both being social outcasts and victims is why Iris, the 12 year old prostitute played by Jodie Foster, was someone he could connect with on a personal level. This stop takes us to Iris' neighborhood.
A few doors east of where she lived, her pimp stood guard over Iris' affairs. This scene introduces us to that character and the neighborhood.
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4. A Men in Black 2 Meeting Place

Empire Diner

210 10th Ave New York, NY, 10011

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New York has long been an initial entry point for international immigrants. Apparently, it is the arrival place of intergalactic immigrants too.

The Men in Black series of movies are a funny, action-packed, playful ride through the sci-fi genre. They're also VERY "New York", so there were quite a few landmarks used during filming.

At this stop though, we will arrive at a location that is more simple than major landmarks. It is a diner. A well-known diner, but still a diner. So, if you are hungry now, this is also a great opportunity to grab a bite to eat :). Woody Allen also appreciated this diner, and used it as one of the places shown in the opening scene of his movie Manhattan. You can see it in this clip - http://youtu.be/0o6QKpNK9Cc at 30 seconds into the scene.
Here is the scene from the movie.
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5. Giant Apes Love Tall Buildings

The Empire State Building

350 5th Ave New York, NY, 10001

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This movie, this scene, and this building are all so iconic that they don't really need commentary. This is, of course, the Empire State Building and also the scene where King Kong is climbing it.
Here is the scene from the movie.
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6. Even Bad Guys Draw the Line SOMEWHERE

The target's home building

5 Tudor City Pl New York, NY, 10017

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Scarface is a great movie. And while I won't use this space as a place to go into the reasons behind that, what I will say is this location plays a role in displaying part of why it is.

The scene below begins at the building that this stop takes us to. It was here that we caught a glimpse of the moral code of a fierce international drug lord. This scene shows that Pacino's character is multifaceted, in addition to being badass.
Here is the scene from the movie.
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7. Clark Kent's Office Building

The Daily Planet Offices

220 E 42nd St New York, NY, 10017

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In case you didn't know, the Man of Steel has a day job. As Clark Kent, Superman works for the Daily Planet.

In New York City, it is not strange to have something crazy going on outside as you head home from a long day of work. When you're Clark Kent though, apparently crazy stuff that only YOU can help with tend to happen more frequently.

This stop is the Daily Planet building, and the scene shows Superman flying to the rescue as a helicopter teeters off of the top of the building.
Here is the scene from the movie.
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8. Diamonds Anyone?

Holly Golightly's Fave Breakfast Spot

727 5th Ave New York, NY, 10022

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Breakfast at Tiffany's is such an iconic movie that it was hard to pick just one spot to feature for this Mixsee. So this stop notes two! The first is Tiffany's, of course. The opening scene is cool because it is a literal portrayal of Hepburn's character (Holly Golightly) having breakfast at Tiffany's. Why was she all decked out like that to end up eating out of a paper bag while standing on a sidewalk? Good question. Probably because Holly Golightly was from Texas :P, who knows. Anyway, Tiffany's is the stop :).
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9. A Spot for Kids of all Ages

FAO Schwarz

767 5th Ave New York, NY, 10022

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The movie Big is about a man becoming a kid again. But seriously, it would be hard for any adult playing a huge piano to NOT feel like a kid again :). The scene is below and FAO Schwarz is still as cool as ever to kids of all ages. By the way, that piano went for $15,000 in 1988 when the movie was filmed. In 2008, its price had gone up to $250,000.
Here is the scene.
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10. An Awesome Start to a First Date

Copacabana Nightclub (Formerly)

10 E 60th St New York, NY, 10022

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Apparently, when you work in construction you manage to make a lot of useful connections. This scene from Goodfellas shows mobster Henry Hill taking a shortcut into a crowded Copacabana Club.

It is beautifully shot in that Scorsese gives the audience a voyeuristic view. We're placed just steps away from the couple as they navigate through a side entrance where crowds are avoided, doors open automatically, and obstacles dissolve away quickly.

You may not be able to enter through the side way (or, at all, for that matter) since the Copacabana Club no longer exists. Still though, you can visit the restaurant that is now on the site where the club used to be and image mobsters around.
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11. The Spot Used for Malcolm X's Party Nights

Lenox Lounge

288 Malcolm X Blvd New York, NY, 10027

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Before Malcolm X held a fist in the air and spoke out against social injustice, he led a very different life. He took things a bit less seriously, let loose, and took in more of 1940s New York City's thrills. When portraying that, Spike Lee chose the historic Lenox Lounge to film a few scenes.
Here is a scene that was shot in the Lenox Lounge.
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