The Best New York Filming Locations to Visit

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There are endless opportunities to walk in the footsteps of your favourite film stars in New York, but below you can see the best New York filming locations to visit on your next trip to the Big Apple!

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Battery Park

These 25 acres of greenery are located at the Southern tip of Manhattan – otherwise known as Battery Park. While it is a popular haunt for active individuals, it’s also just as popular as a NYC filming location.

Features In: Wall Street; Friends with Benefits; Whipped; She’s the One

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

No visit to New York would be complete without crossing the footpath or bike path of the Brooklyn Bridge! Just beware of those crazy bikers… they fly by!

Features In: Sex and The City Movie; Transformers; Limitless; If Lucy Fell; The French Connection

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Chelsea Hotel

The Chelsea is a New York landmark in itself, specifically renowned for its’ famous residents. From Janis Joplin through to Bob Dylan, many celebs have called this place home.

Features In: Sid & Nancy; Leon

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Chrysler Building

An icon! You’ll find it hard to visit NYC and NOT see the Chrysler building. But do you remember which films it has appeared in?

Best Film Moment: Men in Black 3

Also Features In: The First Wives Club; Armagedon

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Empire State Building

Let’s take a break from films for a minute and consider that this is the location where Chuck Bass proposes to Blaire Waldorf in Gossip Girl. Yes, the one and only Empire State Building.

Best Film Moment: Sleepless in Seattle

Also Features In: Elf; King Kong; 2 Days in New York

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Flatiron Building

A building so iconic that it has a whole district named after it – The Flatiron has also appeared in many movies over the years.

Best Film Moment: Godzilla

Also Features In: Spiderman; The Usual Suspects

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Grand Central Terminal

Another XOXO Gossip Girl location and a very popular place of transit is Grand Central Terminal. Check out more Gossip Girl locations here.

Features In: Just my luck; Arthur; Friends with Benefits

Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan Bridge

There are a number of bridges you should visit in the city but this is one that simply cannot be missed! The Manhattan Bridge features in a number of films and is best to be viewed from below for a great perspective.

Features In: Blue Valentine; How to lose a guy in 10 days; Ghostbusters



The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in the United States and thus a destination in itself.

Features In: Maid in Manhattan; Hitch; Factory Girl; The Nanny Diaries; Remember Me

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Plaza Hotel

The Plaza Hotel has long been considered a NYC landmark in itself and is certainly one of New York’s most celebrated luxury hotels. It has featured in countless films over the years.

Best Film Moment: The Great Gatsby or Home Alone 2

Also Features In: Bride Wars; Crocodile Dundee; Almost Famous

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Radio City Music Hall

Located inside the Rockefeller Centre, the Radio City Music Hall is still one of New York’s most popular music and entertainment venues.

Features In: Home Alone 2; The Godfather; Radio Days

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Statue of Liberty

Either schedule a visit to Ellis Island or simply hop on the free ferry over to Staten Island and get a glimpse of the Statue up close on the way over (and back) – both ways, it’s free!

Best Film Moment: Escape from New York

Also Features In: Titanic; Jungle2Jungle; Ghostbusters II

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Times Square

While it is the most commercial and tourist-laiden part of town, Times Square is still a must visit once when you find yourself in New York!

Best Film Moment: New Year’s Eve

Also Features In: Vanilla Sky; Enchanted; Friends with Benefits; Just my Luck; Centre Stage

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Washington Square Park

While this is often visited and mistook as the filming location for the friends fountain (I decided to visit and splash in the fountain anyway), Washington Square Park still features in many films located in New York City.

Best Film Moment: August Rush

Also Features In: My Sassy Girl; Addicted to Love; Step Up 3D

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Wollman Ice Skating Rink

While this one is seasonal, if you find yourself in New York during winter the Wollman Ice Skating rink in Central Park is a must visit.

Best Film Moment: Serendipity

Also Features In: Home Alone 2; Limitless; The Other Woman

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    January 14, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    New York filming locations are really eye-captivating and worth visiting. NYC really has the best places not just for filming but also for tourists as well. I would love to be there and visit all these places. it’s just like imagining I was also part of those films. Great blog!

    Alexandra C. MacArthur
    August 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

    The majority of good films shot in NYC today are shot in Brooklyn where most of the film industry workers of NYC live (greenpoint specifically). Might I add that it’s odd that you didn’t visit there? Brooklyn is so hip now that rents in places like the upper east side are on par with Brooklyn’s rockier areas, like Bedsty. Only the cheesy romantic comedies of the 90s and oughts are shot in the locations you mention. Except the Mindy Project because she loves cheese and it’s part of her character in the show.

    • worldofwanderlust
      August 7, 2014 at 9:03 am

      I love cheesy rom coms from the 90s ๐Ÿ™‚

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    August 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks for posting nice views.

    August 5, 2014 at 2:06 am

    F.A.O. Schwarz for Big! Too bad the piano is now in a separate area where you need to queue up :/

    August 3, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Oooh I love it! Wanna go there!
    Enjoy your trip! I am so curious about your South America trip! Can’t wait to see the pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 2, 2014 at 7:57 am

    The New York Public Library is another good one, especially for Ghostbusters: Thanks for this post!

    Isa Dione
    August 2, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Ohhh, I love New York! Especially the Grand Central station and the MOMA. As well as all the 24/h open pizza shops, the cabbies and the Central Park. Oh, I wish I could fly back there again ๐Ÿ™‚ Sweet memories!

    KarolinaPatryk Travel blog
    August 1, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Times Square is definately the best!

    August 1, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    I love to visit filming locations! I am now in London and I am addicted to Harry Potter ๐Ÿ˜€ You can imagine how my days look like! ๐Ÿ˜€

    August 1, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I am going to new york in December, am going to visit all these places during my down times

    August 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Ugh I want to go to New York so bad! This place looks amaing <3
    XO Janina

    Clipping Path Outsource
    August 1, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Excellent post that is! Great list of FILMING LOCATIONS in New York. Many many thanks for this post.