New York Film Locations

Keeping the Faith (2000)

Last Updated: July 2011

A love triangle btw three friends. Rabbi Jake Schram (Ben Stiller) and Father Brian Finn (Edward Norton), two friends, are out to update their religions and draw in more worshipers. With the arrival of Anna Reilly (Jenna Elfman), an old childhood friend of the two, the men's lives are thrown a curve ball. Anna has become a stunning beauty with a lot of spunk and ambition, and both of them want her. A major road block to Anna for both men is their religion. Jake is up for a head position at his synagogue and taking on a non-Jewish partner is frowned upon, besides the fact that his mother disowned his brother for marrying a non-Jewish woman. Brian has given a vow of celibacy to become a priest.

Peter McManus Cafe, 152 7th Avenue and West 19th Street, Manhattan.


Grocery Deli, 3 West 100th Street and Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan.


Church of the Ascension, 221 West 107th Street, Manhattan.


Church, 263 West 86th Street (btw Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) Manhattan.


Carmine's Restaurant, 2450 Broadway (btw West 90th & 91st Streets) Manhattan.


Anna Reilly's Office, 17 State Street and Pearl Street, Manhattan.


Bow Bridge, (Mid-Park at 74th Street) Central Park, Manhattan.

Bow Bridge

Bow Bridge is one of the most photographed and filmed locations in Central Park and it deserves every bit of its star reputation. Stretching sixty feet over the lake, from Cherry Hill to the Ramble, it is not only one of the most beautiful cast iron bridges in the world, but also offers some of the most breathtaking views of the park around it.

Completed in 1862 Bow Bridge was built of cast iron instead of stone, which was used for almost all of the other archways in the park. While this was ostensibly done for economic reasons (eliminating the need for stone cutters and masons) it is impossible now to imagine how it could have been executed in any other manner. From its graceful curves to the subtle ornamentation it is one of the finest examples of the magic that resulted from the combined vision of Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould. It displays an understated, yet powerful aesthetic that provides the perfect transition btw the carefully crafted Cherry Hill and the natural jumble of the Ramble.

The bridge also provides the perfect perch from which to watch the slowly moving row boats as they glide across the lake, or to photograph the skyline over Fifth Ave. as it rises from the leafy skirt of trees that edge it. It is one of the most popular, and best known, spots to meet and has hosted numberless romantic moments, both on and off the big screen. In fact, if you edited them together, you could probably construct an entire Woody Allen feature just from the scenes filmed on Bow Bridge. And despite rumors to the contrary the bridge has always been very easy to work with and has nothing but admiration and respect for the celebrated director.


Rachel Rose Apartment, 575 West End Avenue and West 88th Street, Manhattan.


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


Loews Lincoln Square, 1998 Broadway and West 68th Street, Manhattan.


Maine Monument, Columbus Circle and Central Park West, Manhattan.


Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, West 88th Street and Broadway, Manhattan.



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