New York Film Locations

Second Act (2018)

Last Updated: June 2019

Maya Vargas (Jennifer Lopez) is a 40-year-old woman frustrated underachiever who finally gets to realise her career ambitions. Maya is tired of her dead-end job as a manager of a big box store in Queens and being passed over for promotions because of her lack of a college degree. All that changes after Maya's closest friend’s son creates a fake CV and gives her a new online identity, boasting of her prestigious college degrees and distinguished achievements, and she is hired by corporation Franklin & Clark. After finally getting her foot in the door of a corporate career, Maya is determined not to let the opportunity pass her by and seizes her chance to make a better life for herself, though is forced to prove her abilities against the her bosses’ daughter Zoe (Vanessa Hudgens) in a challenge to save the company money whilst producing a new product.

Roosevelt Avenue and 60th Street, Woodside, Queens.


otsoNY Comments: In this scene, Lopez is seen running in the opposite direction and on the other side of Roosevelt Avenue, but still across from 60th Street in Queens.

Roosevelt Avenue and 60th Street, Woodside, Queens.


otsoNY Comments: There is no actual bus stop at this location.

Northern Blvd (btw 42nd and 43rd Streets) Long Island City, New York.


Supermarket, 42-02 Northern Blvd, Long Island City, New York.


Full Moon Pizzeria, 600 East 187th Street and Arthur Avenue, The Bronx.


(Near World Trade Center) Liberty Street and West Street, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: This was the first film to have used One World Trade Center as a filmset.

otsoNY Comments: This film is loosely based on the classic 80s film, Working Girl, which starred Harrison Ford and Melanie Griffith, whose character takes revenge on her boss and pretends to be the boss of her company, initiating a major deal with an investment broker.

One World Trade Center, 285 Fulton Street and Greenwich Street, Manhattan.


Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, 314 Yacht, Club Road, Oyster Bay, New York.


(Near Subway Station) Roosevelt Avenue and 61st Street, Woodside, Queens.


Restaurant, Palace Hotel, 455 Madison Avenue and East 51st Street, Manhattan.


New York Palace Hotel, 455 Madison Avenue and East 51st Street, Manhattan.


Zoe's Apartment, 82 Mercer Street (btw Broome & Spring Streets) Manhattan.


Bethesda Terrace, (Mid-Park at 72nd Street) Central Park, Manhattan.


The Mall, Central Park, Manhattan.


Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street and Park Avenue, Manhattan.


High Line Park, 519 West 23rd Street, Meatpacking District, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: Although it looks like the characters of the film are standing outside Justin's Deli, it is in fact a charming Greek restaurant charming with a patio for grilled seafood & other Greek island-inspired fare.

Agnanti, 19-06 Ditmars Blvd and 19th Street, Astoria, New York.


(Near Hell Gate Bridge) Shore Blvd and Ditmars Blvd, Astoria Park, Queens.


Dean & Deluca, 560 Broadway and Prince Street, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: The subway station may have been a set constructed at Silvercup Studios in New York.

Subway Station, West 49th Street and 7th Avenue, Manhattan.


5th Avenue (btw West 24th & 25th Streets) Manhattan.


Rainbow Room, Floor 64, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan.


Trey's House, 36 80th Street and Jamaica Avenue, Woodhaven, New York.


East River Bikeway (Near Brooklyn Bridge and Dover Street) Manhattan.


(Near Robert Burns Statue and 67th Street) Central Park, Manhattan.


Donoban's Pub, 57-24 Roosevelt Avenue and 58th Street, Woodside, Queens.


Broadway (btw East 22nd and 23rd Streets) Manhattan.


Maya's Apartment, 81 Wooster Street (btw Spring & Broome Streets) Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: Wooster Street is a street in SoHo, Manhattan and Greenwich Village that runs south to north from Canal Street to Washington Square. It is a prime location for on-location filming and photo shoots due to its relatively low traffic, and the flagstone sidewalks and cobblestone street give it an old gritty feel.

Wooster Street (btw Spring Street and Broome Street) Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: Notice that Maya's new apartment is nextdoor to her new business venture premises, which although she hasn't at this stage considered renting for her online shopping business, has already been upgraded and decorated.

76 S 1st Street (btw Berry Street & Wythe Avenue) Williamsberg, Brooklyn.


Little Prince, 199 Prince Street (btw Macdougal & Sullivan Streets) Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: This actual venue is Salt Studios and normally used by professional photographers and famous brands such as GAP, H&M, Zara, Nike, ELLE, Glamour, Apple and Calvin Klein.

74 S 1st Street (btw Berry Street and Wythe Avenue) Williamsberg, Brooklyn.


otsoNY Comments: Although this scene is supposed to represent London, England, it was in fact shot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with the use of green screen technology. A typical English style pub was inserted into the background, and in most cases would have looked fine if the filmmakers hadn't chosen a name such as The Earls Court Tavern, as in the next clip, the famous Big Ben is seen, which is situated in Westminster and nowhere near Earls Court.

otsoNY Comments: This actual venue is called Kill Devil House of Dark Spirits and is located at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Grand Street in Brooklyn.

292 Bedford Avenue and Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.



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