Once in New York City, just turn any corner and you’ll suddenly find yourself in the middle of movie or TV show set. But you needn’t bother walking. Hop on & hop off tour packages offer you a chance to see the streets and realize that a scene from your favorite movie or TV show was filmed there. As a fashion capital, NYC is home to iconic addresses where some of the most memorable fashion shows and films were shot – and here are a few select sites you should visit for the Hollywood New York experience.
64 Perry Street
Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker), in “Sex and the City,” is a fashion-forward sex columnist living in a brownstone stoop found on the Upper East Side. However, did you know that the exterior shots of the apartment she lived in were filmed in the West Village? If you appreciate a closet full of Bradshaw’s unapologetic excessive style and Manolos, then this apartment is worth visiting.
Near East Drive and East 61st Street
This iconic spot in Central Park featured prominently in a scene of “The Devil Wears Prada.” While you will not come across gazelle or zebra-wearing models (although it might happen; after all, this is New York!), you will be welcomed by the sounds of ducks, pigeons and maybe even turtles – of course, the urban jungle will steal the show. As you go further in, you will have a chance for the perfect photo shoot with the city in the background and surrounded by lush Central Park trees.
Corner of West 112th Street and Broadway
The address was featured during exterior shots of Monk’s Diner where Elaine, Jerry, Kramer and George grab coffee in “Seinfeld.” The actual restaurant at the location, Tom’s Restaurant, continues to serve classic diner food to guests. While the Seinfeld crew was not the stylish bunch on sitcom TV, it is near impossible not to appreciate every character’s signature style – plaid button downs for George, dad jeans for Jerry, floral dresses for Elaine, and Hawaiian style shirts for Kramer.
727 5th Avenue
Once you arrive at the Plaza Food Hall, grab a pastry from one of the many vendors and stroll south, a couple of blocks to have your own authentic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” experience outside the Tiffany & Co. flagship jewelry store. Make it a personal moment by wearing black wayfarer shades as well as a little black dress – just like Audrey Hepburn (as Holly Golightly) does in the opening credits of the iconic movie!
1000 5th Avenue
You don’t need to step into The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met Fifth Avenue) to experience the famous go-to lunch spot for Blair Waldorf – Manhattan’s queen bee. This character from the popular “Gossip Girl” preferred overlooking the Upper East Side from the Met’s steps. Again, make it a personal moment for you by donning on Blair’s signature look and topping it off with a headband.
89 South Street
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton covered lots of ground during the making of “Annie Hall,” covering many locations all over NYC. However, Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport is particularly scenic with the Brooklyn Bridge prominently standing in the background, and this is also where Alvy and Annie (their characters) shared a kiss. The film may not be overtly fashion-oriented, but Keaton’s character is a prime example of what androgynous dressing should be like.
The list can easily get longer – after all, New York City is one of the most filmed cities in the world. However, these famous addresses, seen in many famous TV shows and movies, will offer a good starting point as you plan your next Hollywood-inspired NYC trip!