New York Like In The Movies

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When one goes to New York and walks down the streets has the feeling like it’s in a movie. It is one of the few places in the world that in reality looks better than on the TV screens. New York City has been home to some of the most beautiful movies of all times. Here is a list of some of the attractions and locations from most famous scenes in movie history that one can relive while in New York.

Yellow cabs

The taxicabs of New York that are widely recognized icons of the city, are not just a way of getting from one place to another, but can send people to interesting turns in their lives too.

It happened to Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) which always insisted that she doesn’t need a lover and is better off alone. That changes in the closing scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) movie, when she realizes that love is the real happiness and flees her taxi to find the man she loves.

For many tourists fantasizing about the city that never sleeps, there are many iconic scenes with yellow cabs, that include Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver, Mel Gibson in Conspiracy Theory, or Bruce Willis in Die Hard: With a Vengeance.

There are currently 13,605 taxicab medallion licenses in existence in New York, which makes the waiting time for a taxi ride really short. Fares begin at $2.50 and increase based on the distance traveled and time spent in slow traffic.
 

Empire State Building

It’s been 22 years since Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) and Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) locked eyes on Valentine’s Day at the top of the Empire State Building in the classic Sleepless In Seattle, and their romance has seemed to stand the test of time.

The climactic meeting at the top of the Empire State Building which is a reference to An Affair to Remember (1957), has become one of the most recognizable scenes in movie history, cementing the skyscraper’s status as one of the most romantic places in Manhattan.
Hundreds of couples have been officially married at the Empire State Building as part of ESB’s annual Valentine’s Weddings contest. The first Empire State Building Valentine’s Day Weddings event was held in 1994. 

Soaring 1,454 feet above the heart of the Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the World-Famous Empire State Building offers unobstructed panoramic views of New York City and beyond, from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m. daily.

The Empire State Building is considered the “World’s Most Famous Office Building,” and is named America’s favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects.

Because of the 360 degree view, it is a good place for orientation upon arriving in New York. In order to save time, we recommend to buy the tickets online, before the arrival.

 

Central park

Central Park is a joyful place filled with sun, hope, promise and life. It is the place that everyone should go to when first visits New York. It’s a place where children run and laugh; people sing, read, love and experience life vividly. 

Central Park was the perfect setting for many scenes in Autumn in New York, starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder.

Filming locations include Bow Bridge, which is one of the most photographed and filmed locations in the park. Stretching sixty feet over the lake, it is considered one of the most beautiful cast iron bridges in the world, and it offers some of the most breathtaking views of the park around it. Central Park scene was also used for the film’s promotional poster.

 

The first movie that has been shot in Central Park was “Romeo and Juliet” in 1908. Other examples of Central Park as one of the most romantic settings anywhere in New York City are When Harry Met Sally, Serendipityand “One Fine Day” .

In order to see more of Central Park in a shorter time, we recommend that you rent bicycles and enjoy the ride.

Serendipity

New York City is a place where one can find something beautiful without looking for it, as it happens in the 2001 movie, Serendipity. Movie’s name comes from a real-life Manhattan dessert shop, where Sara (Kate Beckinsale) and Jonathan (John Cusack) share a dessert on the first night they meet. This scene was shot in Serendipity 3 at East 60th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue and the table where Jonathan and Sara sat is now called the Star Table.

Grand Central Terminal

While Grand Central Terminal (known as Grand Central Station) is one of USA’s most historical landmarks, it also provided the setting for many fondly remembered movie scenes.

It is the nest where love starts between Arthur (Russell Brand) and Linda (Greta Gerwig), in the romantic comedy Arthur (2011). The most remarkable scene is when Arthur empties the station for their first romantic dinner.

Grand Central Terminal is the largest commuter railroad terminal in the world by number of platforms, with 41 tracks on the upper level and 26 on the lower, though the total number of tracks along platforms and in rail yards exceeds 100.

Described as one of the most majestic buildings of the twentieth century, GCT is listed as one of the ten most-visited tourist attractions worldwide, bringing in more than 21 million visitors annually.

Films that feature Grand Central Terminal include: North by Northwest (1959), Superman (1978), Falling in love (1984), Carlito’s Way (1993) and Step Up (2010).

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