By Kaitlyn Davis
What is New York City most famous for? Skyscrapers? History? Art? Shopping? Well yes, but why does everyone know about it? Because of the movies! New York City has been a hot spot for movies ever since films began. Every square foot of the city has most likely been seen in one movie or another, but the really famous spots are harder to pick out. This list of tour sights is for die hard movie fans only! So sit back, relax and enjoy mapping out your own personalized New York City movie tour.
Barefoot in the Park - Everyone loves Robert Redford in this movie about the Bratters, a newlywed couple, trying to make a living and a life in the hustling world of New York City. Your first stop must be 111 Waverly Place in Greenwich Village where the couple fought and found love in their tiny apartment. Make sure to also take a trip to Washington Square Park to act out the famous last scene of the movie. Follow Redford's footsteps...definitely ditch the shoes!
Breakfast At Tiffany's - Your first stop should of course be Tiffany's! Dress up in your own little black dress, all the gems you can find and big movie star sunglasses to act like Audrey Hepburn looking into this famous high end jewelry store located on 727 Fifth Avenue (near 57th Street). If you are truly a fan, you should also go to Holly's apartment building, located on 169 East 71st street, and see where she fell in love with the gorgeous neighbor next door.
Coyote Ugly - What happens when a country girl moves to the big city? In this movie she finds love, friends and a job teasing men in a little bar called Coyote Ugly. If you want your turn to dance atop this bar like LeAnn Rimes and the movie girl Violet, go to 153 1st avenue, between 9th and 10th. Although this isn't the set used in the movie, a visit to the actual Coyote Ugly Saloon will make you feel like your one of the girls.
Cruel Intentions - Who doesn't love the romance that heats up between Sebastian and Annette in this dramatic movie about teenage lives in New York City? Visit the Essex House, at 160 Central Park South, to see the interiors used when filming Annette Hargrove's NYC home. To see where the sexy Sebastian Valmont lived, go to the Ukranian Cultural Center on 5th Avenue.
Ghost Busters - Ever want to fight off ghosts with this lovable bunch of goofy guys? Go to the Hook and Ladder Company, on 14 North Moore Street, to see their Headquarters from the movie. Suit up and see if there are any creepers lurking nearby!
King Kong - He was one of the first movie monsters, and the one with the greatest success...he's King Kong! Everyone in the world knows the scene where the giant gorilla climbs the Empire State Building holding his greatest love, the star Ann Darrow, gently in the palm of his hand. Go to the top of the Empire State Building to get great views of the city, and to see where the beauty helped defeat the beast.
Men in Black - Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones made black suits look better than ever as they chased down aliens threatening our world in this action movie. Go to the Brooklyn Battery Park Tunnel Ventilator Shaft and see if you can find a way into to the Men in Black Headquarters like the famous duo did. Go to Grand Central Station and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, and run around like mad pretending your taking part in a chase scene from the movie.
Miracle on 34th Street - Natalie Wood played little Susan Walker who found the true meaning of Christmas and family in this lighthearted holiday film. Bring your children to the Macy's Department Store, on 151 west 34th Street, and see what they can discover. Life is always more magical through the eyes of children!
Night at the Museum - Visit the Museum of Natural History, located on Central Park West and 79th street, and see if the exhibits come alive for you too. Can you outwit a misbehaving monkey or play fetch a playful T-Rex, visit and see!
Saturday Night Fever - If you desperately love Tony Manero, like this movie fanatic does, it's worth a trip over the Brooklyn bridge to visit these movie hot spots. Step in the same spots as John Travolta in the opening sequence of the movie as he makes his famous walk starting from Lenny's Pizza at 1969 86th street...make sure to move with attitude! Go to 221 79th Street to see the outside of the Manero home, and get ready to dance to the music when you see the Phillips Dance Studio at 1301 7th Street where Tony and Stephanie practiced.
Serendipity - Do believe in fate and taking chances? That's what serendipity is all about and it worked out for the lovers in this movie. Be sure to try the frozen hot chocolate at the Serendipity 3 Restaurant on east 60th Street. Also go skating at the Wollman Ice Skating Rink in central park, and see if you and your loved one can melt the ice like the on screen couple did!
When Harry Met Sally - Have you ever faked an orgasm? Meg Ryan showed the world she knew how to while eating in the now famous Katz's Delicatessen at 205 East Houston Street in the East Village. This famous scene made women laugh and most likely made men nervous, but either way, it was unforgettable.
You've Got Mail - The unpredictable love between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan heats up this screen as the big business battles the small town store, all is fair in love and war. Visit 210 Riverside Drive to see the site of the lobby scene that led to the hilarious stuck in the elevator scene. Also go to Cafe Lalo, at 201 West 83rd Street, to see where the internet couple unveiled themselves, proving internet relationships always carry surprises!