New York Film Locations

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

Last Updated: July 2019

Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) made her living in the 1970's and 80's profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).

otsoNY Comments: The film is supposed to be set sometime between the 1970s to 80s, though when Lee is seen walking toward the 86th Street subway station, she passes the Citibank branch at 86th and Broadway, with an advertisement for Citi Priority Banking in the window. Citi Priority did not exist until 2016.

Subway, West 86th Street and Broadway, Manhattan.


Crosby Street Bookshop, 126 Crosby Street (btw Jersey Street and Prince Street) Manhattan.


Julius Bar, 159 West 10th Street and Waverly Place, Manhattan.


Logos Bookstore, 1575 York Avenue (btw East 83rd and 84th Streets) Manhattan.


New York Public Library, 476 5th Avenue (btw East 40th and 42nd Streets) Manhattan.


Crosby Street and Jersey Street, Manhattan.


Neil's Coffee Shop, 961 Lexington Avenue and East 72nd Street, Manhattan.


East Village Books, 99 St Marks Place (btw 1st Avenue and Avenue A) Manhattan.


John's Traditional Italian Restaurant, 302 East 12th Street (btw 1st & 2nd Avenues) Manhattan.


Animal Hospital, 219 West 79th Street (btw Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) Manhattan.


(Near Bow Bridge and Boating Lake) Central Park, Manhattan.



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