Thursday, May 12th, 2011, 10:50am ET

New York Movie Map: The Answers

First of all, thanks to everyone who enjoyed the New York Movie Map, spread the cheer around, and especially ordered one! It went gangbusters over the last week and took my site down three times with all the traffic, so, that was fun.

Hey order yours here wooo!

One thing that struck me while I was working on this thing was how often I’d see the World Trade Center pop up. It made sense, since a whopping 71 out of the 91 movies were released before 9/11, and showing the WTC was just a stock way of saying, “hey, we’re in New York now”. You can probably imagine, though, that each time I saw it I raised an eyebrow. Interestingly, there ain’t a lot of notable scenes that happen there (Snake Plisskin lands a glider on top of one of the towers in Escape from New York, and the 1976 King Kong climbs it, but I had fine alternatives for both), so it wasn’t that tough of a decision to leave the WTC off the map.

There was surprisingly little complaining about movies I screwed up or left out, so I’m pretty pleased with myself, but the most common gripe was that I left out the other boroughs and the upper part of Manhattan. Like I either half-assed it, forgot about, or wanted to take a dump on all the fine folks that don’t live in the exact epicenter of the universe. Look, I grew up in Queens, went to school on E. 94th, and lived out in Brooklyn so I know what it’s like to be neglected by pop media. And that’s just it – blame Hollywood, not me. These roughly 12 square miles of Manhattan is where THEY put everything. If I included all of NYC, or even just upper Manhattan, there’d be a ton of wasted space where relatively little’s happening and it’d reduce the impact. I had to make it work as a visual piece and not just as a reference. So it made sense to focus on where most of the action is concentrated. I don’t think anyone really needs to see it go all the way up to Inwood or down to *cough* Staten Island just for the sake.

I’m still going through all the answer submissions I’ve gotten over the last week; if you won you’ll be hearing from me by email within the next 2 days!

And with this, the submission deadline is over… because HEY LOOK THE ANSWERS…

THE ANSWERS   (Here’s the numbered map to cross-ref)

Upper West Side

1. Ghostbusters (1984)
Well THERE’S something you don’t see every day…

2. Night at the Museum (2006)
Museum of Natural History, Central Park West & 79th St.

3. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
The Dakota, 1 W. 72nd St. (Central Park West). This image is from the iconic poster

4. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Kathleen’s (Meg Ryan) bookstore, “The Shop Around the Corner”, is at 106 W. 69th St. Elaine and I saw this movie on the plane home from our honeymoon in Paris; it got us especially excited to move into our tiny, exorbitantly-priced Upper West Side apartment together. So young and stupid

5. Black Swan (2010)
Nina’s (Natalie Portman) production of Swan Lake is at Lincoln Center. If anyone can locate her apartment for me I’ll gladly update the poster with her girly romp with Mila Kunis

6. 3 Men and a Baby (1987)
and their apartment at 50 Central Park West

7. It Should Happen to You (1954)
Gladys Glover (Judy Holliday) pays to get her name on a huge billboard in Columbus Circle

Central Park

8. Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Mel’s out of focus! He’s soft

9. Godspell (1973)
John the Baptist baptizes Jesus in Bethesda Fountain, in Central Park

10. Hair (1979)
This is the daaawwning of the aaaage of Aquaaarius (Central Park)

11. Serendipity (2001)
SPOILER! Sara (Kate Beckinsale) reunites with Jon (John Cusack) at Wollman Rink, in Central Park, at the end of the movie, and then they suck some face

12. Antz (1998)
Central Park

13. Madagascar (2005)
Central Park Zoo, Central Park

14. Cruel Intentions (1999)
Southeast corner of Central Park, across from the Plaza Hotel. You’re welcome

Upper East Side

15. BUtterfield 8 (1960) (sic)
Gloria (Liz Taylor) wakes up in a dude’s apartment, finds $250 he left her, and writes “No Sale” in lipstick on his mirror. In the movie the address is stated as 1036 5th Ave., but it’s shot at 1050 5th Ave. (86th St.)

16. Sex and the City (2008)
SPOILER! This movie was painful even to fast forward through. 1010 5th Ave. (82nd St.)

17. Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think! Campbell’s Funeral Parlor, 1076 Madison Ave. (81st St.)

18. Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Linda’s (Mira Sorvino) apartment is at 333 W. 75th St. (1st Ave.)

19. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
SPOILER! Thomas (Pierce Brosnan) stages the climactic heist with the help of some friends, at the Museum of Modern Art. One of the few scenes Rene Russo isn’t naked in

20. Annie Hall (1977)
Annie (Diane Keaton) takes Alvy (Woody Allen) to her apartment at 68th St. & Madison Ave. Aside note: when I first saw this scene on her balcony it was without the subtitles and I thought, huh, what a crappy scene

21. Big (1988)
The floor piano scene at FAO Schwarz (767 5th Ave.). Bonus: Whoa, Robert Loggia!

22. Cocktail (1988)
Oooh the hippy hippy shaaake (TGIFriday’s – now the Baker St. Pub – 1st Ave. & 63rd St.)

23. Spiderman (2002)
The Green Goblin drops a tram full of kids and Gwen Sta– I mean Mary Jane Watson from the 59th St. Bridge

24. Manhattan (1979)
The 59th St. Bridge

Theater District / Times Square

25. Citizen Kane (1941)
Kane (Orson Welles) gives his campaign speech at the original Madison Square Garden: 8th Ave. b/w 49th & 50th St.

26. The Jazz Singer (1927)
The first film ever to have synchronized speech… at the end of the movie Jack (Al Jolson) is starring in a show at the Winter Garden Theatre: 1634 Broadway (b/w 50th & 51st St.)

27. The Producers (1968)
Max (Zero Mostel) and Leo (Gene Wilder) put on “Springtime for Hitler” at the Playhouse Theatre: 37 W. 48th St. (b/w 6th & 7th Ave.)

28. The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
Kermit and the gang put on “Manhattan Melodies” at the Biltmore Theatre: 261 W. 47th St. (b/w Broadway & 8th Ave.). My 5-year-old daughter Rachel had no problem with Rowlf the dog playing the piano until the “muppet baby” version of him showed up jamming; then she wasn’t havin’ it

29. Phone Booth (2002)
I actually bought into this movie and loved it. The phone booth was set at 53rd St. & 8th Ave.

30. Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
David’s (John Cusack) play “God of Our Fathers” is at the Belasco Theatre: 111 W. 44th St. (b/w 6th & 7th Ave.)

31. Daredevil (2003)
Set in Hell’s Kitchen. This movie exceeded my incredibly low expectations

32. Tootsie (1982)
Michael’s (Dustin Hoffman) soap opera “Southwest General” is taped at the National Video Center, 460 W. 42nd St. (10th Ave.)

33. All About Eve (1950)
Margo (Bette Davis) is starring in “Aged in Wood”, playing at the John Golden Theatre (252 W. 45th St. (b/w 7th & 8th Ave.)) when she first meets Eve (Anne Baxter)

34. Zoolander (2001)
Hansel, he’s so hot right now. A billboard in Times Square

35. Death to Smoochy (2002)
A billboard in Times Square

36. Being John Malkovich (1999)
Craig (John Cusack) works at Lester Corp, on the 7 1/2 floor of the (fictitious) Mertin Flemmer building at 610 11th Ave. (45th St.)

37. Last Action Hero (1993)
The premiere of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s (Arnold Schwarzenegger) latest flick, Jack Slater IV, is at a theater in Times Square

38. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
John and Jane Smith (Brangelina) tango it out at a restaurant shot in LA, but set in Times Square

39. Enchanted (2007)
Giselle (Amy Adams) falls through a wormhole and emerges from a manhole in the middle of Times Square. SPOILER! Amy Adams is adorable

Midtown / Rockefeller Center

40. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
HEY, I’M WAWKIN HERE – 58th St. & 6th Ave.

41. A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)
Snoopy gets his skate on at the Rockefeller Center skating rink, when the little bastard should be helping to look for Linus’s blanket

42. Private Parts (1997)
Howard Stern (Howard Stern) and Robin Quivers (Robin Quivers) on the air at NBC Studios

43. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
The opening scene where Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) noms on a danish in front of Tiffany’s (727 5th Ave.). The music playing, Henry Mancini’s Moon River, is to die for. The song Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something makes me want to kill people

44. Quiz Show (1994)
The show 21 was filmed at NBC Studios (30 Rockefeller Center)

45. The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Marilyn Monroe gets her rocks off over a subway grate at 52nd St. & Lexington Ave. This was considered risqué back then

46. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Schatze (Lauren Bacall), Loco (Betty Grable), and Pola (Marilyn Monroe) rent a fancy pad at 36 Sutton Place


47. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Hey, pull my beard (Macy’s: 151 W. 34th St. (7th Ave.))

48. The Godfather (1972)
Ok, my bad… afaik this is my only mistake on the map. This is Moe Greene getting whacked while getting a massage. According to this it was at 215 W. 23rd St., but I got careless and it didn’t register that it was only shot there, while being set in Vegas. DUUUuuuhhh

49. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
This was a tricky one (for me). In the movie – SPOILER! – they finally get the tip that Where’s Fluffy will be playing their secret gig at 5th Ave. & 68th St… but where they end up is clearly no more than a few blocks away from the Empire State Building (which they’re shown looking up at)… AND we see them running past the Bally’s Fitness at 139 W 32nd St. – on this street (Google Street View), which is consistent. Nothing gets past ME, baby! Except for #48

Empire State Building

50. King Kong (1933)
‘Twas booty killed the beast

51. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Annie (Meg Ryan) meets Sam (Tom Hanks) and his son at the top of the Empire State Building

52. On the Town (1949)
Gabey (Gene Kelly), Chip (Frank Sinatra), and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) meet up with the three girls they all conveniently met and hooked up with on their one-day shore leave, at the top of the Empire State Building

53. An Affair to Remember (1957)
Nickie (Cary Grant) waits for Terry (Deborah Kerr) at top of the Empire State Building but… godammit what’s taking her so long, she could at least send a text

Murray Hill / Gramercy

54. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
1 and 2 are already represented elsewhere, so this qualifies as 3. The Flatiron Building (175 5th Ave.) is home to the Daily Bugle

55. Elf (2003)
Buddy (Will Ferrell) gets a job at Gimbels, at 295 5th Ave. (30th St.)

Grand Central Station / Midtown East

56. The Fisher King (1991)
Parry (Robin Williams) sees his main squeeze Lydia (Amanda Plummer) at Grand Central Station and then the crowd goes all Dancing with the Stars

57. Carlito’s Way (1993)
Carlito (Al Pacino) somehow hides from a bunch of thugs on an unending Grand Central Station escalator apparently designed by M.C. Escher

58. Q: The Winged Serpent (1982)
“It’s [sic] name is Quetzalcoatl… just call it “Q”… that’s all you’ll have time to say before it tears you apart!” The final showdown at the Chrysler Building

59. North by Northwest (1959)
Roger (Cary Grant) has a brain freeze and is caught holding the knife that just killed a U.N. diplomat

60. Escape from New York (1981)
Snake (Kurt Russell) tangles with Ox Baker at the Duke’s (Isaac Hayes) compound at Grand Central Station.

Greenwich Village

61. Shaft (1971)
John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) lives at 55 Jane St.

62. Rear Window (1954)
L.B. Jeffries (Jimmy Stewart) invades the privacy of all his neighbors at 125 W. 9th St. (which doesn’t exist, but it would be somewhere around where I put it)

63. Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Max (Josh Waitzkin) plays some speed chess against Vinnie (Laurence Fishburne) in Washington Square Park and somehow keeps from telling him to stop yapping

64. Barefoot in the Park (1967)
Corie (Jane Fonda) finds Paul (Robert Redford) wasted and – OMG – barefoot in Washington Square Park

65. I Am Legend (2007)
Robert (Will Smith) lives with his dog (dog) on Washington Square Park North

66. The Warriors (1979)
The climactic brawl at the Union Square subway station. The Warriors tangle with a gang called “The Punks”… whose members all wear overalls… and their leader rides around “menacingly” on roller skates… this movie is awesome

East Village

67. Taxi Driver (1976)
I would’ve included the “You talkin’ to me?” scene but I couldn’t confirm where he lives exactly. But this, the wacky final shootout at 226 E. 13th St. (b/w 2nd & 3rd Ave.), does nicely

68. Coyote Ugly (2000)
The real-life Coyote Ugly is at 153 1st Ave. (b/w 9th & 10th St.)

Lower Manhattan

69. At First Sight (1999)
Amy’s (Mira Sorvino) apartment is at 458 Greenwich St.

70. Big Daddy (1999)
Sonny (Adam Sandler) and his son commit a misdemeanor at Felix restaurant, 340 West Broadway

71. Ghost (1990)
Sam (Patrick Swayze) and Molly (Demi Moore) dabble in claymation (102 Prince St.)

72. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
They say this is fake but I dunno… seems pretty convincing to me (Katz’s Deli, 205 E. Houston St.)

73. Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
John McClane (Bruce Willis) and Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson) try to measure 4 gallons of water using a 3-gallon jug and a 5-gallon jug, at Tompkins Square Park. Fun problem, but I’m not sure what it’s doing in a movie

74. Cloverfield (2008)
“this is where things in Cloverfield happen okay”

75. Gangs of New York (2002)
The “Five Points”, where the opening gang fight and most of the movie takes place, was what is currently the intersection of Baxter St. & Worth St. in Chinatown

76. Spiderman 2 (2004)
Doc Ock’s (Alfred Molina) lab is at 32 2nd Ave. (2nd St.)

77. Pi (1998)
Max (Sean Gullette) lives on the Lower East Side and – SPOILER! – this is where he self-trepans at the very end of the movie

78. Boomerang (1992)
This was a tough one. It’s Strangé (Grace Jones) making her grand entrance at this party at 200 Liberty Place

79. Crocodile Dundee (1986)
THAT’S not a knife (1 Centre St.)

80. Wall Street (1987)
Gordon Gekko’s (Michael Douglas) company is headquartered at the real-life Merrill Lynch building: 222 Broadway

81. Men in Black (1997)
MiB HQ is at the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority: 2 Broadway

82. Dressed to Kill (1980)
Kate (Angie Dickinson) gets brutally slashed up in the elevator at 160 Front St. after sleeping with a dude she just met, and finding out that she probably got VD from him, so you know they didn’t use any protection, so… yeah, she had it coming. Great scene, actually

Statue of Liberty

83. X-Men (2000)
Magneto (Ian McKellan) builds a machine in the Statue of Liberty’s torch that he needs Rogue (Anna Paquin) to power, but OH LOOK HERE COMES WOLVERINE (HUGH JACKMAN)

84. Saboteur (1942)
Frank Fry (Norman Lloyd), trying to escape from the law, finds himself cornered atop the Statue of Liberty torch (way to go, dude), and falls over the side. Barry Kane (Robert Cummings), who’d been chasing him, tries to save him but – SPOILER! – fails

85. Splash (1984)

86. An American Tail (1986)
Fievel arrives at Liberty Island in a bottle

87. Funny Girl (1968)
She’s on a boat

Brooklyn Bridge / Williamsburg Bridge

88. Godzilla (1998)
Godzilla is lured onto the Brooklyn Bridge to his – SPOILER! – doom

89. The Naked City (1948)
Willie Garzah (Ted de Corsia) gets surrounded on the Williamsburg Bridge, climbs a tower, gets shot and falls to his – SPOILER! – death

90. Hudson Hawk (1991)
How am I driving?! 1-800- I’m gonna fuckin’ die!

91. Fantastic 4 (2005)
The FF’s coming out party on the Brooklyn Bridge


  1. Jesse

    I’m just sad that C.H.U.D. didn’t make the map.

  2. Bent

    I’m bummed that Home Alone II didn’t make it on here- that kid was EVERYWHERE!

  3. Jeff Rigby

    Natalie Portman’s apartment in Black Swan is located in Brooklyn across the street from the Brooklyn Museum on Eastern Parkway. At least that’s where they shot the scenes for about a week. I guess you’ll have to make a Brooklyn map! Good work, love this.

  4. Justin

    This really is fantastic. Though West Side Story is a major player.

  5. John

    No Sweet Smell of Success??? COME ON!

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  7. M

    Natalie Portman’s apartment in Black Swan is set in the Upper West Side/Manhattan Valley area, around West 103rd Street. At least that was the subway station used in the movie.

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  9. irene

    yea….Sweet smell shoulda been on here

  10. Jose Guillen

    Amazing job! I wish Hitch, Home Alone II, Flags of our Fathers, New York, I Love You, Watchmen, Miracle at St. Anna, P.S., I Love You, and Independence Day would have made it on here, as well as many others. Day After Tomorrow, too. Of course, movies where NYC is destroyed don’t leave much else for any other movies to be featured on here.

  11. adrian

    Moe Green gets whacked in Godfather 2

  12. Lu

    The HOT ROCK (1972) one of the only movies during the World Trade Center’s construction with a helicopter fly by!! Sad it didnt make the map.
    Also, since we’re on Robert Reford, what happened to Barefoot in the Park too? hmmm…

  13. Manco

    Escape from new york wasn’t filmed in new yord but east st louis

  14. Dean

    Lu: It’s #64…

  15. Bernie's Old Friend Eric


    I assure you that Moe is whacked in Part One, during the baptism scene. Which as a Jewish child seeing this movie for the first time, forever altered my view of what happens at baptisms.

  16. Liggy

    I was hoping Newsies would be on here :/

  17. Ddelay

    Fabulous map. It is my desktop background now.
    “The Professional” was on the other night, and I only wish you had added Leon, or the young Matilda (Natalie Portman looking at the Black Sway poster?) or even Stansfield swallowing one of those gelcaps.

  18. Eli the Bearded

    Crossing Delancey. It’s got the location right in the title. God, I hated that movie, but the title!

    9½ Weeks.


    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.

    The Hospital.

  19. Mark Denil

    For the WTC you could have used Amos Poe’s The Stranger. One key scene was filmed on the plaza between the towers, at an extreme upward angle, so you see all of both buildings towering over the characters. It was shot that way because Poe did not have permission to film there, so the camera was hidden.
    A scond choice would be the scene from Jon Jost’s All The Vermers in New York, where Mark is waving good-by to all the ‘ants’ in the city below….

  20. Anonymous

    No ghostbusters? Or am I missing it somehow. really cool though, regardless.

  21. Anonymous

    nevermind, duh. Stay Pufts there.

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    American Psycho!?

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    Yeah, it’s just what I need, I’m about to have a new one

  25. Justin O'Reilly

    Adrian….watch the Godfather Pt. 1 again…Moe Green gets whacked during the Baptism in which Michael Corleone becomes his nephew’s Godfather…this is the climactic part of the movie in which all the other Dons of the other four Families get assassinated by the Corleones…Moe Green gets shot through the eye at his massage parlour as we all have seen and remember…Barzini gets shot on the Courthouse steps (or is it City Hall?), Cuneo gets ambushed on outside through a revolving door and Stracci gets killed in an elevator.

  26. Justin O'Reilly

    I can’t remember how Tattaglia died though…

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    First off I love this, it’s absolutley amazing. The only gripe I have is that you forgot Scent Of A Woman……. HOOAH!!!!!!!

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