Film Location Fans
New York City receives thousands, if not millions of tourists every year, and some of which are visiting the city to witness for themselves the places that are so often used in films. otsoNY followed two such tourists Ian and his girlfriend Vanessa as they spent a hectic week tracking down film locations throughout Manhattan.
Arriving fully armed with location maps and a detailed To Do List, the couple from England checked into their hotel close to Times Square, and wasting no time with the task of unpacking the suitcases, started their assault on the city, first exploring the magnificent Grand Central Terminal and then onto Bryant Park, before the sunset on their first day. The next morning, they awoke early, still suffering from Jetlag to find Times Square quiet and deserted, much like a scene from "Vanilla Sky". They then headed straight for the Empire State Building taking full advantage of the early entry time to avoid the usual queues and grab some uninterrupted photographs of the surrounding views, after which they spent some time bathing in the glorious sunshine beside Vanessa's favourite venue, the iconic Flatiron Building. To close the day, they relaxed at the High Line situated in the Meatpacking district and watched the sun go down on their second day.
Saturday morning and before a shopping trip to Fifth Avenue, they paused for breakfast at Sarabeth's opposite Central Park. Later in the day, they saw Dion Parson and the 21st Band at Dizzy's Coca Cola club at Lincoln Centre. By nightfall, they took in the excitement of Times Square with its flashing neon lights and bustling activity. Sunday was spent at a slightly slower pace strolling leisurely through Central Park and pausing for photographs at the beautiful Bethesda Fountain, which has been featured in "One Fine Day", "Deconstructing Harry" and "Enchanted", to name but a few. Later that evening, they visited the Rockefeller Center and experienced the night skyline views from the very top of the building.
With the dawn of a new day, Ian and Vanessa made their way to Tribeca to see the Ghostbusters HQ, which unfortunately at the time was being renovated. Heading across town to SoHo to view more movie sights such as the apartment building featured in "Ghost" on Prince Street and the "Friends" building in the idyllic Greenwich Village, then stopped for afternoon tea at Bosie Tea Parlour.
On Tuesday, they took a trip to see Lady Liberty, where they were lucky enough to take in the view from the crown where the Ghostbusters had once been, though quickly realised Hollywood's creative thinking and that more than likely a soundstage had been used for that scene. After which, they followed the hordes of tourists across to Ellis Island to indulged in the history of the immigrants that, years earlier, had arrived there to start a new life.
No visit to New York is complete without a trip to Brooklyn. Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge into Dumbo, they strolled through the quiet streets of Brooklyn Heights framed by Brownstone houses, before returning to the city to pay their heartfelt respects to those who had lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11. Lost in their own thoughts, they toured the 9/11 memorial glancing in disbelief at the pain and suffering that stared back at them from the harrowing images that lined the walls.
On their final day, a week gone all too quickly, the couple visited the East Village and paused for a photograph outside the Webster Hall, realising that it appeared in the film, "Whatever Works". Ticking it off their list of visited locations that included such films as "Shame", "Birdman" and "Manhattan", the couple left the city feeling tired and exhausted, but thankful for having experienced a once in a lifetime trip.
Special thanks to Ian and Vanessa.
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