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NYC in Film: Laughing Matters

  • Queensboro Bridge
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Ghostbusters Firehouse
  • A laughing woman
  • The sign for Katz's Diner
Where were your favorite comedies filmed?

For as long as movies have been around, New York has set the scene for some of the most iconic moments on the big screen. Let’s take a look at some of the funniest examples and see how you can recreate them.

The city that inspired Sinatra to sing “If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere” may sound daunting, but the ever-enchanting Big Apple isn’t lacking for laughs. This list is only a small number of real world locations that have been used to create some of the biggest laugh-out-loud moments in the movies, from the classics to the present day.

When Harry Met Sally... — Katz’s Delicatessen

When Harry Met Sally

Katz’s Delicatessen can be found in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where they serve up some of the best pastrami sandwiches and hot dogs in the city. It’s also famous for being the deli in which Meg Ryan vividly and famously “had a moment” in 1989’s When Harry Met Sally… — which is proudly proclaimed by a sign inside the restaurant reading ‘Where Harry Met Sally... hope you have what she had!’

How to Marry a Millionaire — Vintage Shopping

Dream trio Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable made How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), one of the most beloved rom-coms of its time. Take a walk through the luxurious Sutton Place neighborhood and soak in the glamour before celebrating iconic ‘50s fashion by visiting famous vintage shops such as Friend’s Vintage or Amarcord Fashion.

Ghostbusters — Hook & Ladder No. 8 Firehouse


Hook & Ladder No. 8 is one of few working firehouses that can make onlookers smile. That’s because exterior shots of it were used as the headquarters for 1984’s Ghostbusters.

Located at the intersection of Varick and North Moore Street, the firehouse is among famous friends, as street was also featured in films like It Could Happen to You (1994) and Zoolander (2001). Even in such great company, the firehouse remains the most iconic landmark of the neighborhood.

Trainwreck — Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden

The widely acclaimed rom-com Trainwreck, released in 2015, makes use of multiple New York locations to build a film where the city is as much a character as the actors. One such location is ‘the world’s most famous arena,’ Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks and the stage for some of the biggest events and concerts in America.

Even if you can’t catch some of the amazing acts that come through the Garden’s doors each year, it’s worth stopping by the iconic sports and music hub.

The Seven Year Itch — Lexington Avenue at 52nd Street

The Seven Year Itch, released in 1955, features the shot of Marilyn Monroe’s dress blowing up around her legs — one of the defining images of comedy and cinema to date. The story goes that so many onlookers were cheering during filming that the whole scene had to be reshot in a studio. We can’t guarantee that your recreation will get the same cheers, but that isn’t to say it’ll be any less magical!

Manhattan — Queensboro Bridge

Queensboro Bridge

It’s well known that Woody Allen, one of the biggest names in film, loves New York City. In Manhattan (1979), Allen’s character Isaac bonds with Diane Keaton’s Mary in a sequence culminating with the pair sitting on a bench looking out towards the Queensboro Bridge.

That exact spot is located at the very end of East 58th Street at Sutton Square and, on a clear day, will offer a perfect view. Isaac knew what he was talking about when he says in the scene, “Boy, this really is a great city.”

Regardless of your taste in comedy or film, New York has something that will make you smile. Book your trip today and get laughing!

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