New York Film Locations

Celebrity (1998)

Lee Simon (Kenneth Branagh), unsuccessful journalist and wanna-be novelist, tries to get a foot into the door with celebrities. After divorcing his wife Robin (Judy Davis), Lee gets to meet a lot folks of the rich and / or beautiful, partly through journalism, partly because he has a script to offer. But life among those from out-of-this-world is hard, and his putative success always results in defeat. Meanwhile Robin meets a very desirable TV-producer and takes the first steps in the world of celebrities herself.

375 Park Avenue (btw East 52nd Street and 53rd Street) Manhattan.

31st Drive and 12th Street, Long Island City, New York.

otsoNY Comments: As you can see from the photographs, the actual house on the corner of 31st Dr and 12th Street has changed in design since the filming took place in 1998.

(Near) Queensboro Bridge, East 59th Street, Manhattan.
  The Queensboro Bridge is a cantilever bridge over the East River in New York City that was completed in 1909. It connects the neighbourhood of Long Island City in the borough of Queens with Manhattan, passing over Roosevelt Island.  

The Cherokee, 517 East 77th Street and York Avenue, Manhattan.

otsoNY Comments: This group of four buildings that comprise most of a full block east of York Avenue is one of the city's most distinguished low-rise housing enclaves. Designed by Henry Atterbury Smith, the six-story buildings have very attractive cast-iron balconies supported by curved brackets and a handsome green tile roof that projects over the facades. The facades combine terra-cotta, tan brick and stone and triple-hung windows into a richly interesting composition. Each building has a large courtyard that is entered through a Gustavino-tiled, barrel-vaulted passageway, open and balconied stairways with built-in seating at each level, and roof gardens with tiled floors and windbreaks. Originally there were 386 units in the complex, but that number has shrunk over the years as alterations have enlarged most of the small units. It was built in 1911 and sold to the City and Suburban Homes Company, which developed a similar but much less attractive and detailed project on the full block across 78th Street, in 1924. It was designated an official city landmark in 1985 converted the next year to cooperatives and renamed the Cherokee Apartments.

Stanhope Hotel, 995 5th Avenue and East 81st Street, Manhattan.

Elaine's Restaurant, 1703 2nd Avenue and East 88th Street, Manhattan.

Subway, Franklin Street and West Broadway, Manhattan.

Ziegfield Theatre, 141 West 54th Street and 6th Avenue, Manhattan.


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