New York Film Locations

A Perfect Murder (1998)

Last Updated: April 2019

Millionaire industrialist Steven Taylor (Michael Douglas) is a man who has everything but what he craves most: the love and fidelity of his wife, Emily (Gwyneth Paltrow). A hugely successful player in the New York financial world, he considers her to be his most treasured acquisition. But she needs more than simply the role of dazzling accessory. Brilliant in her own right, she works at the U.N. and is involved with a struggling artist (Viggo Mortensen) who fulfills her emotional needs. When her husband discovers her indiscretion, he sets out to commit the perfect murder and inherit her considerable trust fund in the bargain.

5th Avenue and East 91st Street, Manhattan.


(Exterior Roof) 1 East 91st Street and 5th Avenue, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: This building is referred to as Convent of the Sacred Heart, and is an independent Roman Catholic all-girl school in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Teaching from pre-kindergarten through to twelfth grade, it is located on Manhattan's Upper East Side at East 91st Street and 5th Avenue. The school is housed in the former Otto H. Kahn House and James A. Burden House, both of which are New York City-Designated Landmarks, and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

(Interior Stairs) 1 East 91st Street and 5th Avenue, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: The spacious Jersey City Armory was used for the interior shots of the Taylor's glamourous apartment. Special effects were used to match the exterior scenary of Central Park and its surrounding buildings. The floor space and height of the Armory has led to it also being used as a temporary studio for many other projects, including Robert De Niro's A Bronx Tale, the Faye Dunaway thriller Eyes Of Laura Mars, Laura Brannigan's music video "Self-Control", Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry, Terry Kinney's Diminished Capacity.

otsoNY Comments: The Jersey City Armory is located at 678 Montgomery Street near McGinley Square in Jersey City. In addition to being a military training and mustering facility of the New Jersey National Guard, the WPA era armory has long been used as a sports arena, particularly for boxing, basketball, and track and field events, and more recently mixed martial arts. Under the auspices of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, the armory is leased to the city for community and political events and extracurricular sports programs. It has also been used as a film studio.

Jersey City Armory, 678 Montgomery Street & Jordan Avenue, New Jersey.


Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue and East 82nd Street, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: This area of The Met is known as the Temple of Dendur Room and contains an ancient Egyptian temple that was built by the Roman governor of Egypt, Petronius, around 15 BC, as one of many Egyptian temples commissioned by the emperor Augustus.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue and East 82nd Street, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: This area of The Met contains various ancient Egyptian artifacts that date back to around 15 BC.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue and East 82nd Street, Manhattan.


Broad Street and Beaver Street, Financial, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: Although the United Nations building on 1st Avenue is refeerenced as a place of work for Gwyneth Paltrow's character Emily, it was only used for exterior shots. Her actual office was on the opposite side 1st Avenue. There has only been a few films ever shot inside the UN building, of which include "Padman", and "The Interpreter" starring Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman.

UN Headquarters, 1st Avenue (btw East 42nd & 48th Streets) Manhattan.


Steven Taylor's Office, 180 Maiden Lane and Front Street, Manhattan.


Greenpoint Avenue and West Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.


otsoNY Comments: Greenpoint Terminal Market, located on West Street running from the foot of Greenpoint Avenue to Calyer Ave, was an industrial powerhouse which once hosted the largest manufacturer of maritime rope in the USA, the American Manufacturing Company. The enormous “market” was also home to a sugar refinery and maritime warehouse operations. At it’s height it employed more than 2,500 people and covered six city blocks.

Warehouse, 61-73 West Street and Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn.


Restaurant Francais, 180 Prince Street and Sullivan Street, Manhattan.


Emily's Office, Office, 777 1st Avenue and East 44th Street, Manhattan.


East 44th Street and 1st Avenue, Manhattan.


Restaurant, 12 East 12th Street (btw 5th Avenue & University Place) Manhattan.


1st Avenue and East 43rd Street, Manhattan.


East 43rd Street and Tudor City Place, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: The actual parking garage used in this scene was at the Russian Consulate next door to Michael Douglas's character's apartment building.

Parking Garage, 9 East 91st Street and 5th Avenue, Manhattan.


60 Pine Street (btw William Street and Pearl Street) Manhattan.


Staten Island Ferry, New York Harbour.


7 East 95th Street (btw 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue) Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: The mansion known as the House of the Redeemer doubled for the UN Annex Building. It was originally built as the town residence of Ernesto G. Fabbri, an Italian count and associate of J. Pierpont Morgan, and his wife, Edith Shepard Fabbri, great-granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt. The L-shaped Italian Renaissance-inspired house was designed by Grosvenor Atterbury, an American architect and town planner trained at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, noted for the 1908 restoration of New York’s City Hall. The interior decoration was by Egisto Fabbri, Ernesto Fabbri’s brother, who incorporated Edith Fabbri’s collection of Italian Renaissance and Baroque furnishings and architectural fragments into his designs.

House of the Redeemer, 7 East 95th Street and 5th Avenue, Manhattan.


Fish Market, Front Street (btw Beekman Street and Peck Slip) Manhattan.


Bank, 48 Wall Street and William Street, Manhattan.


Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village, Manhattan.


7th Avenue (btw West 31st and 32nd Streets) Manhattan.



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