New York Film Locations

Ghostbusters (1984)

Last Updated: Dec 2016

University parapsychologists Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr. Raymond Stanz (Dan Aykroyd) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) lose a research grant when their experiment methodology is proven to be bogus. The team decides to go into business for themselves and open ‘Ghostbusters,’ a ghost removal service. After struggling to get on their feet, they are summoned to investigate the strange happenings in Dana Barrett's (Sigourney Weaver) Central Park West apartment. What they discover is that all Manhattan is being besieged by ghosts and other worldly demons through a portal in her building.

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

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library (NYPL) is one of the leading public libraries of the world and is one of the United States's most significant research libraries. It is composed of a very large circulating public library system combined with a very large non-lending research library system. It is simultaneously one of the largest public library systems in the United States and one of the largest research library systems in the world. It is a privately managed, nonprofit corporation with a public mission, operating with both private and public financing.

The NYPL has frequently appeared in feature films. It serves as the backdrop for a central plot development in the 2002 film Spider-Man and a major location in the 2004 apocalyptic science fiction film The Day After Tomorrow. In the 1978 film, The Wiz, Dorothy and Toto stumble across the Library and one of the Library Lions comes alive and joins them on their journey out of Oz. It is also featured prominently in the 1984 film Ghostbusters with three of the titular protagonists encounter the ghost of a librarian named Eleanor Twitty, who becomes violent when approached. Her origins and the Library's prominent standing are explored in the video game sequel, Ghostbusters: The Video Game. Other films in which the library appears include 42nd Street (1933), Portrait of Jennie (1948), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), You're a Big Boy Now (1966), Chapter Two (1979), Escape from New York (1981), Regarding Henry (1991), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), The Time Machine (2002), and Sex and the City (2008) .


Los Angeles Central Library, 5th and Hope Streets, Los Angeles.


Columbia University, Broadway and 116th Street, Manhattan.


Manhattan City Bank, 5th Avenue (btw East 41st & 42nd Streets) Manhattan.


Dana Barrett's Apartment, 55 Central Park West and West 66th Street, Manhattan.

Spook Central

55 Central Park West is a 19-floor housing cooperative located in Manhattan, New York City. The building was built in 1929 and designed by the firm Schwartz and Gross. Both the interior and the exterior possess unique architectural features that set the structure apart from its peers. The building is considered a contributing property within the Central Park West Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building holds significance in American popular culture because scenes from the 1984 film "Ghostbusters" were shot there, as it is the setting for the climax of that film. Since the movie used the building, it has been known as the "Ghostbusters Building" or "Spook Central", though it was portrayed as much taller and with a different roof in the film.

Plans for the building were filed by architectural firm Schwartz and Gross at the behest of Victor Earle and John C. Calhoun, for whom they were working. Earle, and his brother Guyon, had been actively developing the Upper West Side of New York City since the 1910s. The structure, between 65th and 66th Streets, is considered to be mostly "second tier" by the socialite New Yorkers who occupy most of the buildings along Central Park West, and was opened as a rental property in 1930. Its neighbor to the south is the earlier Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Upon its opening Real Estate magazine praised it as resembling "Jungfrau, that most beloved snowcapped Alpine peak." Musician Rudy Vallee, whose salary was up to $20,000 per week, was one of the building's earliest residents. Ginger Rogers was one of its residents during her Broadway days in the early 1930s .Legendary hat designer Lilly Dache with husband Jean Despres of Coty Perfume fame were residents following their 1931 marriage till 1935 when they moved to their architectural award winning art deco building off Park Avenue.

Though Central Park West would become an area heavily influenced by the Art Deco movement, the building was the first fully Art Deco structure on the street. When the building opened in 1930 it had apartments ranging from three to nine rooms, the largest of which had four bedrooms. The apartment living rooms featured a dropped living room, developed by the Earle brothers, which set the interior apart from most others constructed around the same period. An original rental brochure shows the dropped living room nearly entirely open to the entrance gallery; traditionally the gallery was held as a different room. The six apartments on the top five floors of the building are considered the most desirable. Two apartments in particular, 19 and 20F, are the most highly sought after. Together the two units form a 4,500-square-foot (420 m2) penthouse, sporting eleven-foot ceilings, two functioning fireplaces and a 1,000-square-foot (93 m2) terrace.

The exterior of the building is also somewhat non-traditional. As the brick facade rises from the ground it changes shade from a deep purple to a yellow-white. Color was being widely used during the 1920s as a tool in architecture for overall effects. Indeed, the rental brochure touted the exterior features of the building, "new modernistic design of exterior with beautiful shaded color scheme," it stated. The New Yorker's architecture critic, George S. Chappell, praised the building's use of color, saying, "the total effect is exhilarating." The building is a contributing property to the Central Park West Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 9, 1982.


Ghostbusters HQ, 8-14 North Moore Street and Varick Street, Manhattan.


Hotel, West 5th Street and Grand Avenue, Los Angeles.


5th Avenue and East 50th Street, Manhattan.


16 East 63rd Street (btw 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue) Manhattan.


Mulberry Street and Hester Street, Manhattan.


122 Mulberry Street and Hester Street, Manhattan.


Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue (btw 49th & 50th Streets) Manhattan.


Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue (btw West 63rd & 64th Street) Manhattan.


Tavern on the Green (btw West 66th & 67th Streets) Manhattan.


Columbus Circle and Central Park West, Manhattan.


Manhattan Bridge, East River, Lower Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: This location was only used for interior shots. It was also featured in the Cameron Diaz film, The Mask.

Interior, Fire Station, 225 East 5th Street, Los Angeles.


White Street (btw West Broadway and Church Street) Manhattan.


Subway, Broadway and Murray Street, Manhattan.


Madison Avenue (btw East 61st and 62nd Streets) Manhattan.


6th Avenue (btw West 48th and 49th Streets) Manhattan.


Times Square (Broadway, 7th Avenue, West 42nd and 47th Streets) Manhattan.


City Hall, Broadway and Steve Flanders Square, Manhattan.


Centre Street and Chambers Street, Manhattan.


Central Park West (btw West 60th and 66th Streets) Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: The final scenes of the film were in part shot on a soundstage at Columbia Ranch in California. A life-size replica of the entrance to 55 Central Park West and road outside the building was constructed to allow the filmmakers to show that the road had been destroyed and for a brief moment of suspect, consumed the Ghostbusters.

Columbia Ranch, 411 North Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA.


Broadway and Columbus Circle, Manhattan.



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