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New York City is one of the most filmed cities in the world, having served as the backdrop for countless amounts of movies and television shows. Although the island of Manhattan may be relatively small, there’s always a popular film location or famous monument just around the corner. On Location Tours brings together the best of the best in film locations on its TV and Movie Sites tour, where movie buffs can sneak a peek at some of New York City’s most iconic spots.
The On Location Tours: New York TV and Movie Sites tour is a perfect way to blend the sights of the Big Apple with real life scenes of television shows and movies that everyone loves. Tour goers are able to experience the hustle and bustle of the city while riding on a comfortable coach bus around Manhattan. A movie and television expert leads the three hour guided tour around town, stopping multiple times along the way at important film spots.
Starting off near Times Square, the heart of the theater district, the tour brings the busload of excited fans through midtown Manhattan. Central Park, New York City’s most prominent outdoor space, was the set for multiple movies and television shows. Besides being a beautiful park in the center of skyscrapers, Central Park is one of the most filmed locations in the world.
As the tour bus drives past the park, the guide points out what movies were filmed there, as well as television shows. Not far from the entrance of Central Park is the Plaza Hotel, where the Pulitzer Fountain sits. Although it isn’t the exact fountain found in the beginning credits of the television show Friends, it is this fountain where the inspiration came from.
As the tour bus sails through the heart of Midtown, other important locations are pointed out, including Rockefeller Center. Famous shows such as 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live are continuously filmed there. Rockefeller Center’s signature ice skating rink is also one that shouldn’t be missed.
Not far from Rockefeller Center is the location of the New York City Public Library, the biggest in Manhattan and the set of many movies including ‘13 Going on 30‘, as well as the famous scene of Carrie’s failed wedding to Mr. Big in the Sex and the City movie. Further south on the tour, movie enthusiasts are able to catch a glimpse at the towering Empire State Building. Not only made famous by its staggering height and history, the Empire State Building can be seen in popular movies such as ‘King Kong‘, ‘Sleepless in Seattle‘, and ‘Elf‘.
The On Location Tours: New York TV and Movie Sites tour isn’t just about spending hours riding through the city while seeing the film locations behind the windows of the bus. There are several stops along the way where people are able to get out and take pictures in front of some of their favorite sets.
One of the most unique stops along the way is on the small block where the Cosby Show’s house is. On a quiet side street further downtown, everyone is able to check out the front stoop where the Huxtable’s lived. The tour also stops at Washington Square Park, in the heart of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, and at the apartment building where the cast of Friends lived.
This television and movie tour is a fun and enjoyable way to see the sights of New York City while also diving into the sets of cinema favorites. Movies such as ‘Spider Man‘, ‘Where Harry Met Sally‘, ‘Miss Congeniality‘, ‘Serendipity‘, and ‘Hitch‘ are among dozens that are highlighted on the tour, as well as shows like I Love Lucy and Gossip Girl.
For all those who love movies and television, this tour is a great way to spend half a day immersed in New York City’s most popular, and also sometimes hidden, film spots. For more information on reserving tickets for a tour, visit On Location Tours.