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From King Kong to Ugly Betty, part of the reason New York has such an appeal is because of the time we spend watching it on screen. The city offers the perfect backdrop to all sorts of stories from all genres, so no matter what your preference is, you’re bound to spot something familiar. There are hundreds of New York movie locations, as well as several famous movie buildings in New York City and we’ve put together some of the best known, from North to South:

Tom’s Restaurant

Located on 2880 Broadway, just past the main campus at Columbia University, this diner is where Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer used to meet in Seinfeld. It also inspired Susan Vega’s 1987 hit Tom’s diner and was frequented by Barack Obama when he was a student at the nearby college.

Toms Restaurant

155 Riverside Drive

This fancy apartment building was the exterior shot for Will’s apartment in Will & Grace

155 Riverside Drive

55 Central Park West

A mecca for comedy fans, this residential space shot to stardom and is now a famous movie building in New York after becoming Spook Central, the home of the Ghostbusters.

55 Central Park West

Holly Golightly’s apartment

Fans of the Audrey Hepburn classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s flock to this New York movie location, where Holly’s apartment exterior was filmed. It is located at 169 East 71st St & Lexington.

Holly Golightly’s apartment

The Plaza Hotel

With sweeping views of Central Park, this hotel has been in enough films to warrant SAG membership. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, The Great Gatsby, North by Northwest and Sex and the City: The Movie were all partly shot here. As an added bonus, the fountain just outside the hotel is said to have inspired the Friends opening credits; that particular fountain is actually in LA.

The Plaza Hotel

The Solow Building

Fake fashionista/evil mastermind Mugatu from the Zoolander universe had his HQ here, although in the film a massive computer generated “M” was superimposed onto the building. It’s also where Chandler Bing worked as a transpondster in Friends, and where Superman apprehended a jewel thief in the 1978 film of the same name.

The Solow Building

St Regis Hotel

This fashionable and famous New York movie building was used in The Devil Wears Prada and Miss Congeniality.

St Regis Hotel

McGraw Hill Building (1221 Avenue of Americas)

The head office of Runway magazine in the Devil Wears Prada and featured in the opening credits of Saturday Night Live, this famous building was also used for interior shots of Suits and hosts The Howard Stern Show.

McGraw Hill Building (1221 Avenue of Americas)

Rockefeller Centre

The home of NBC, the centre is famously used in 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, and The Tonight Show.

Rockefeller Centre

Tiffany & Co Flagship Store

Fifth avenue is known as a retail mecca but is also home to the Tiffany’s flagship store, where numerous scenes from Breakfast at Tiffany’s were filmed.

Tiffany & Co Flagship Store

Times Square

The number of films that have scenes in Times Square is almost uncountable, but the most recognisable are Vanilla Sky, Spider Man, Jerry Maguire, Captain America and Big. Many television shows also have famous scenes there, including The US Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Times Square

New York Public Library

Worth a visit on its own, the Stephen A. Schwarzman building was used in Ghostbusters, 13 Going on 30 and Sex and the City: The Movie

Public Library

Macy’s

Unquestionably linked to Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street and Elf were both filmed in the world-famous department store, turning it into an important New York movie location.

Macys

Carrie’s Stoop

Sex and the City fans can try to get the same insights Carrie did when she sat on her famous stoop at 66 Perry Street, West Village

Carrie’s Stoop

The Friends Apartment

This famous exterior shot of Monica’s apartment is located at 90 Bedford Street, in the heart of Greenwich village.

The Friends Apartment

Washington Square Park

There have been a number of films and shows shot here, but the most known are The Other Guys, Spider Man, and comedy show Impractical jokers.

Washington Square Park

Katz’s Delicatessen

Home to one of the most famous scenes in cinema history, this famous movie building in NYC is where Meg Ryan showed Billy Crystal just how well she could act in When Harry Met Sally…

Katz’s Delicatessen

Woolworth Building

Used as the head offices of MODE, the fashion magazine in Ugly Betty, this iconic building was also used as a backdrop in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Film buffs will also recognise it from the 1921 short Manhatta, which has been preserved as “culturally significant” by the Library of Congress.

Woolworth Building

Federal Hall, Financial District

Ghost had a number of scenes shot here, and although mostly shot in Toronto, American Psycho filmed here also.

Federal Hall
Federal Hall, Financial District

Equinox Gym

Fans of Broad City will recognise North 9th Street, Williamsburg as Equinox gym where Abbi works in the comedy series.

Equinox Gym
Equinox Gym

The 99th precinct

Fans of the Andy Samberg show Brooklyn 99 can rock up to 6th & Bergen to see the famous exterior shot of the 99th precinct. Funnily enough, the corner location is actually the home of the 78th precinct, so don’t try and wander in.

The 99th precinct

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Not sure where to begin with exploring New York’s most famous film locations? Take a look at our guide to New York’s districts and you’ll find these classic spots in no time. Or perhaps you want to find out even more about New York’s seemingly endless history, in which case our guide to Old School New York has got you covered.