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New York City Monopoly

26 March 2014

The board game Monopoly has been around for years and there are now lots of different versions available which included cities across the globe. Recently, otsoNY managed to obtain one of the original versions for New York City, which includes many of the famous landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Trump Towers and Tiffany’s. The centre of the board shows the World Trade Center twin towers.

Monopoly is an American-originated board game originally published by Parker Brothers. Subtitled "The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game", the game is named after the economic concept of monopoly, the domination of a market by a single entity. It is produced by the United States game and toy company Hasbro. Players move around the board buying or trading properties, developing their properties with houses and hotels, and collecting rent from their opponents, the ultimate goal being to drive them into bankruptcy. The Monopoly game board consists of forty spaces containing twenty-eight properties (twenty-two coloured streets, four railway stations and two utilities), three Chance spaces, three Community Chest spaces, a Luxury Tax space, an Income Tax space, and the four corner squares: GO, (In) Jail/Just Visiting, Free Parking, and Go to Jail.

The entire game is governed by the bank, and banks have often featured in New York based films, normally when they are being robbed. In the 2006, crime thriller Inside Man, Denzel Washington plays a New York City detective who goes up against the mastermind of Clive Owen and tries to solve the mystery behind a bank heist in Manhattan’s financial district. A disused bank at the corner of Exchange Place and Hanover Street was used for the film.

(Film: Fourteen Hours)

In 1995, Bruce Willis’ action-man character John McClane suffered yet another bad day, this time in New York City as a group of terrorists empty the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Liberty Street, and in the 2004, action-comedy Taxi, supermodel turned bank-robber-actress Gisele Bündchen caused havoc as she raced her BMW through the streets of Manhattan, finally coming to an end outside the Metropolitan Life North Building which was posing as the Manhattan Bank on Madison Avenue between East 24th and 25th Streets.

(Film: Taxi)

For the film, Fourteen Hours shot in 1951, the filmmakers used a real bank building in New York, The Guaranty Trust Co. The entire bank building was dressed with curtains, a new entrance canopy, metal nameplates, and marquee.

(Film: Quick Change)

Ghostbuster Bill Murray, who had convinced his colleague Egon Spengler, to re-mortgage his house at the Manhattan City Bank on 5th Avenue between East 41st and 42nd Streets, later in the 1990 film Quick Change, dressed as a clown holding an array of colourful balloons entered the bank at 90 Park Avenue and held the guard at gun point, whilst a robbery took place.

(Film: Dog Day Afternoon)

Perhaps the most famous of all bank robberies was the one that actually took place for real on August 22, 1972 at the Chase Manhattan Bank at 285 Prospect Park West in Brooklyn, and was later reenacted by a very young Al Pacino in 1975. Dog Day Afternoon showed the events of that hot summers afternoon when the First Savings Bank of Brooklyn was held up by Sonny and Sal, two down-and-out characters. Although the bank manager and female tellers agreed not to interfere with the robbery, Sonny quickly found out that there was actually nothing much to steal, as most of the cash had been already picked up for the day. After which, Sonny receives an unexpected telephone call from Police Captain Moretti, who tells him the place is surrounded by the city's entire police force. Having few options under the circumstances, Sonny nervously bargains with Moretti, demanding safe escort to the airport and a plane out of the country in return for the bank employees' safety. Exterior shots were filmed on location on Prospect Park West between 17th and 18th Street in Windsor Terrace of Brooklyn. The interior shots of the bank were filmed in a set created in a warehouse.

In recent years, the New York City version has been updated to include many more famous landmarks including the Flatiron Building, Brooklyn Bridge and Washington Square Arch. There is also a NYC Subway version available.


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