New York Film Locations

The Money Pit Opening Credits

20 April 2020

During the opening credits to the eighties comedy “The Money Pit”, there are some skyline shots of New York City. In 1986, the movie starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as a couple who attempt to renovate a recently purchased house, had a few brief scenes that took place in New York, though it was the opening scene that showed New York as it once was, before many of the glass-facade buildings appeared in lower Manhattan and around the Central Park.

The concrete jungle of Manhattan had only two major skyscrapers, of which included the Empire State Building in midtown and the World Trade Center, commonly known as the Twin Towers., which were also seen in the opening credits.

Thirty-four years have passed since the film was released, and since then Hanks has starred in several New York-based to include “You’ve Got Mail”, “Big”, “The Terminal”, “Splash”, “Bridge of Spies”, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”, “Sully”, “Joe Versus the Volcano” and “Sleepless in Seattle”.

As the credits come to an end, the camera pans up the front of The Langham at 131-139 Central Park West . Other New York locations included Cafe Des Artistes at 1 West 67th Street, Park Avenue and East 56th Street and the car showroom at 430 Park Avenue.

These video clips show New York City in the early 80s as well as from the top of the World Trade Center.


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