In the heart of Times Square is MTV Studios, where the network has taped an endless variety of shows over the years, most notably “Total Request Live” from 1998 – 2008. MTV acquired the location in 1997, part of One Astor Plaza and still regularly film programming there today.
For the 1992 sequel “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York,” the entire, original cast and crew returned, as well as a location from the first film. In the early scenes, the McCalister house is once again on display. The famous home can be found in Winnetka, Illinois. A fence has since been built around the property.
LOCATION: 671 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL 60093
The bulk of the film, however, takes place in New York City this time around. Upon arrival, Kevin takes in many of the city’s landmarks, including Radio City Music Hall. The landmark concert hall has appeared in countless productions, such as “The Godfather,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Annie,” “Rocky III,” “Radio Days” and many more.
LOCATION: 1260 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020
Later Kevin makes his way over to Central Park, where he first encounters the Pigeon Lady, a scary and mysterious woman covered in birds, who essentially serves the same role as Old Many Marley in the original film. Kevin is initially frightened when he sees her feeding birds in front of Gapstow Bridge in Central Park, though the two eventually strike up a friendship.
LOCATION: Gapstow Bridge, Central Park, New York, NY 10019
Very close to Gapstow Bridge is another major location in the film, the Plaza Hotel. “Guests of the new ‘Celebrity Ding, Dang, Dong’ stay at the world-renowned Plaza Hotel, New York’s most exciting hotel experience.” It is a real, well-known hotel in Manhattan, perched right above Central Park. Here is a view of the hotel from the park.
LOCATION: 768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Later in the film, Kevin returns to Central Park at Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, where he flees from the Sticky Bandits. The terrace is another famous New York landmark seen in countless films.
LOCATION: 72 Terrace Dr, New York, NY 10021 (inside Central Park)
A reverse view of the fountain. Here Kevin hides in the back of a carriage, narrowly escaping the bandits.
A couple other, notable locations from the film were actually sets. Uncle Rob’s house, where Kevin once again wreaks havoc on the Sticky Bandits with homemade traps, was a set located on Brownstone Street on the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood. The street suffered a fire in 2008 and portions had to be rebuilt.
While made to resemble Central Park, the scene where the Pigeon Lady throws bird seeds all over the bandits, saving Kevin from harm’s way in the process, was also a set.
Near the end of the film, Kevin is finally reunited with his mother in front of Rockefeller Center.
LOCATION:45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111
Some props from this film, as well as the first part, can be found on display at Planet Hollywood in Florida.
LOCATION: 1506 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
In Sam Raimi’s original 2002 “Spider-Man” film, Peter Parker, played by Tobey Maguire, works at the Daily Bugle as a freelance photographer who has an uncanny ability to capture photos of Spider-Man. Famous for it’s triangular shape, the Flatiron Building in Manhattan is one of the more iconic skyscrapers in New York City. The building has appeared in countless films, such as “The Usual Suspects,” “As Good As It Gets” and many more.
LOCATION: 175 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010
Norman Osborn’s Manhattan rooftop home isn’t in Manhattan, or New York at all. It’s the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, California.
LOCATION: Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
The scene where Mary Jane Watson, played by Kirsten Dunst, kisses an upside down Spider-Man in the rain wasn’t filmed in New York City either. It was filmed on the Warner Bros. Lot in Burbank, California. Designed to look like New York alley, this facade can be seen as part of their studio tour.
LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505
The bike Peter rides in the film can be found on display at Sony Pictures Studio.
LOCATION: 10202 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
The most famous scene in “When Harry Met Sally…” is of course when Sally, played by Meg Ryan, fakes an orgasm for Harry, played by Billy Crystal, while sitting in the middle of a deli. The deli in question would be Katz’s Delicatessen, located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Opened in 1888, the deli is wildly popular for it’s sandwiches, consistently ranking among the highest rated in New York City. The restaurant has been seen in many films, including “Enchanted,” “Across The Universe,” “Donnie Brasco,” “We Own the Night” and many more, but it remains most synonymous with “When Harry Met Sally…”
LOCATION: 205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
This plaque can be found on the sidewalk in front of the building.
The inside still heavily resembles how it appeared in the film. The walls are completely covered with photos of endless celebrities who have visited over the years. Here is a shot of the backdrop behind Harry and Sally’s table.
Here is the exact table where Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal filmed their famous scene.
The deli makes the table quite easy to identify by hanging this sign above it, which references the scene’s famous punchline, stating, “Where Harry met Sally… Hope you have what she had! Enjoy!”
If you find yourself in Manhattan and you’re looking for a good sandwich, you can’t go wrong with Katz’s. The prices aren’t cheap, but the portions are large and the deli itself is just as much of an attraction as the food itself.
One of the most famous movie locations in the world, the fire station that served as the headquarters for the Ghostbusters in the original 1984 film can be found in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. The building was chosen because the screenwriters imagined the Ghostbusters as a public service, much like firemen. Cast member Dan Aykroyd knew the neighborhood well and suggested the building. Still an active firehouse, the location draws countless visitors each year.
LOCATION: 14 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013
Not quite as well known is the Los Angeles fire station location used in the film. While the Hook & Ladder Company 8 building in Tribeca was used for exterior shots, interiors were filmed at Fire Station No. 23 in downtown L.A. The fire station was closed in 1960 and has currently fallen into quite a state of disrepair. Currently the building is boarded up, covered in graffiti and prohibited from entry. Perhaps someday the interior will be restored to resemble the film, but it sits in a pretty bad area not far from skid row, so a restoration seems unlikely at this time. The same building also appeared in such films as “The Mask,” “Lost Highway,” “Flatliners,” “Set It Off,” “Big Trouble In Little China” and more.
LOCATION: 225 E 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
The Ghostbusters capture their first ghost at the fictional Sedgewick Hotel. These scenes were filmed inside the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The hotel is a staple of film, having appeared in such movies as “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Independence Day,” “Fight Club,” “Blonde” and dozens more. Here is the lobby where they first enter.
LOCATION: 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
They try to capture Slimer in the hotel’s lobby.
Over at the Sony lot in Culver City, California, there was even at attempt to build a replica of the Hook & Ladder 8 building.
LOCATION: 10202 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Also on the lot is the Ecto 1 car, which can be seen on the Sony Pictures Studio Tour.
The apartment from David Fincher’s 2002 home invasion thriller “Panic Room” is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, near Central Park. The apartment was only used for exterior shots in the film.
LOCATION: 38 W 94th St, New York, NY 10025
Here is a view of the entire building, although it’s never seen from this angle in the film.
The apartment interiors were filmed entirely on a custom built set in Manhattan Beach, California at Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios (1600 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266). That set has of course long since been removed.
The ending scene of the film shows Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart sitting on a park bench. They are seated in an area known as The Mall in Central Park, a tree-covered pedestrian walkway that leads to Bethesda Terrace. The two are seated near the Robert Burns statue. The benches have slightly changed from how they appeared in the film.
LOCATION: The Mall, Central Park, New York, NY 10022
The 1995 film “The Usual Suspects” was filmed mostly in Southern California, with a few scenes shot in New York City.
Keaton, played by Gabriel Byrne, needs to catch a flight from New York to California. At the Flatiron Building in Manhattan, he wants to tell his attorney girlfriend goodbye, but Verbal Kint, played by Kevin Spacey, pushes him to leave without doing so, as they are running late. The building has appeared in countless films, such as “Spider-Man,” “As Good As It Gets” and many more.
LOCATION: 175 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010
The suspects meet up with Redfoot at the Korean Bell of Friendship in San Pedro, California. Perched right in front of a spectacular ocean view, it’s a great place to visit, even if you’re not a fan of the film. The bell was given as a gift by South Korea to celebrate the U.S. bicentennial in 1978.
LOCATION: 3601 Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731
The flashback scenes of Keyser Söze’s Turkish home, where his family is attacked, were actually filmed at the McNally House in Altadena. The home has been featured in such films as “Elizabethtown,” “Beautiful Boy” and “Kingdom Come,” as well as such TV shows as “Entourage,” “Ghost Whisperer” and more. The house is only seen from interior views in the film.
LOCATION: 654 E Mariposa St, Altadena, CA 91001
The police station seen in the film is the San Pedro Municipal Building. The same building appeared in the film “C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud.”
LOCATION: 638 S Beacon St, San Pedro, CA 90731
Near the end of the film, after he posts bail, Verbal Kint walks down this sidewalk out front.
Dave Kujan, played by Chazz Palminteri, just misses a vehicle as it turns down W 6th St in San Pedro.
Despite being famously set in New York, the exterior shot of Jerry’s apartment is actually located in Los Angeles, which is where the majority of the series was taped as well.
LOCATION: 757 S New Hampshire Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
What can be seen in New York is the famous “Monk’s Cafe,” where Jerry and the gang were regulars throughout the series. The restaurant is actually known as Tom’s Restaurant and can be found in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. The show only used the restaurant for exterior shots. The interior of Tom’s bears no resemblance to the Monk’s restaurant set from the show, although it does feature some Seinfeld photos along the walls.
LOCATION: 2880 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
To celebrate the show’s arrival onto streaming services, Hulu did a pop-up exhibition in New York and Los Angeles in late 2015, recreating the interior of Jerry’s apartment.
Jerry’s apartment, 5A.
The inside door, where Kramer so frequently popped in.
The kitchen. Everything was recreated, from the Superman magnet to the cereal collection.
The living room.
The computer area.
The kitchen table.
The book shelf.
A recreation of Kramer’s photo studio, where he takes erotic photos of George.
The stand-up comedy stage.
The remainder of the photos are props from the show, starting with the famous restaurant booth.
Puddy’s New Jersey Devils jersey.
George’s sable hat, which Elaine buys on Peterman’s company account when she goes overboard with expensing personal items.
The Bachman Pretzels container, from when Kramer gets cast in the Woody Allen film. “These pretzels are making me thirsty.”
The Superman figure.
The script to the final episode, signed by the cast.
The Frogger arcade machine.
The pez dispenser.
The Festivus pole.
George’s pyramid, from when he visits the holistic healer.
The Maestro’s wand.
The egg Kramer drops in Jerry’s kitchen, then blocks off with caution tape, rather than cleaning it up.
The Tropic of Cancer book, which Jerry learns he is over 20 years overdue on returning to the library.
The Junior Mints, as well as the photo of George’s boss, which gets botched when he attempts to erase himself out of the shot.