Film & Television Locations Around Manhattan

It’s probably no surprise that Lincoln and I love a bit of film and television, so when we went to New York we were keen to check out some locations that we’d seen on the big screen. Obviously there are heaps of films and shows that have been filmed in Manhattan, but for the ease of creating this post, I’ve only included ones that we’re interested in!

 

The Empire State Building

Address: 350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10118

As seen in: Elf, How I Met Your Mother & Gossip Girl.

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Elf (2003) Buddy goes to visit his father who works in the Empire State Building. 

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How I Met Your Mother (Season 2, Episode 12) Robin’s sister visits New York for the first time so the group goes up to the Empire State Building.

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Gossip Girl (Season 3 Episode 22) Blair is to meet Chuck at the top of the Empire State Building.

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New York Public Library

Address: 5th Ave at 42nd St, New York, NY 10018

As seen in: Glee, Ghostbusters, Suddenly 30 (13 Going On 30) & Spiderman

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Glee (Season 4, Episode 8) Kurt & Rachel discuss staying in New York for Thanksgiving.

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Ghostbusters (1984)

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Suddenly 30 Photoshoot (13 Going On 30) 2004

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Spiderman (2002)

 

Columbia University

Address: 116th St & Broadway, New York, NY 10027

As seen in: Spiderman, Ghostbusters & How I Met Your Mother.

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Spiderman (2002)

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Ghostbusters (1984)

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How I Met Your Mother  – Ted teaches architecture at Columbia.

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Grand Central Terminal

Address:  89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

As Seen in: Gossip Girl

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“Spotted at Grand Central, bags in hand: Serena van der Woodsen” From the pilot episode of Gossip Girl.

 

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Toms Restaurant

Address: 2880 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

As seen in: Seinfeld

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Seinfeld 1989 – 1998

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55 Central Park West

As seen in: Ghostbusters

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Ghostbusters Spook Central (1984)

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Address:  1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

As seen in: Gossip Girl & Maid in Manhattan.

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Gossip Girl – Lunch on the Met Steps 2007 – 2012

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Maid in Manhattan (2002)

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New York Palace Hotel

Address: 455 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022

As seen in: Gossip Girl

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The Palace – Gossip Girl 2007 – 2012

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Rockefeller Centre

Address:  45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111

As seen in: Elf, Home Alone 2 & Glee.

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Elf (2003)
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Home Alone 2 (1992)
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Glee (Season 4 Episode 10) – Blaine surprises Kurt at Christmas.

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The Original Soup Man

Address: 259A W. 55th Street., New York, NY 10019

As seen in: Seinfeld – Although this isn’t the same place, The Original Soup Man has been created to be like the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld.

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Seinfeld (Season 7 Episode 6) – The Soup Nazi
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(The whole experience was filmed – you can watch it here from 7:22 – 9:00)

 

MacLarens Pub

Address: McGee’s Pub 240 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

As Seen In: How I Met Your Mother – Again, this isn’t the actual location where How I Met Your Mother was filmed. It is, however, the bar in which the show’s pub is based off.

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How I Met Your Mother (2005 – 2014)

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Radio City Music Hall

Address: 1260 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY 10020

As Seen In: Home Alone 2

 

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Home Alone 2 – 1992

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American Museum of Natural History

Address: Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024

As Seen In: Night at the Museum & How I Met Your Mother (You can actually do a self guided tour at the museum based on the Night at the Museum film. Check it out here).

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Night at the Museum – 2006

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How I Met Your Mother ( Season 6 Episode 8) Attending a fundraiser at the museum

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Times Square

Address: Manhattan, NY 10036

As Seen In: Home Alone 2, Suddenly 30 & Glee.

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Home Alone 2 (1992)

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Suddenly 30, 2004

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Glee (Season 2 Episode 22)

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Bethesda Terrace

Address: Central Park – Terrace Dr, New York, NY 10021

As Seen In: Gossip Girl, Home Alone 2 & 27 Dresses

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Gossip Girl – New York I Love you XOXO
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Gossip Girl – Season 1

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Home Alone 2 – 1992

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27 Dresses – 2008

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We actually went to over ten more locations (most of which were coincidental) but as this post is getting lengthy, I’ll leave you with a map of these places and end there!

 

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Thanks for reading!

Sara

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