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Film and TV locations in New York

Sometimes not where you think they might be, sometimes surprisingly real.

We are so happy about the reactions you guys gave us about launching Favourhoods New York City these days. And with the upcoming Xmas season and big news about a “Friends” revival in the making, let’s share some of the iconic film and TV locations in NYC with you:



We kick it off with Friends right away because, let’s be honest, for many of us Monica’s apartment felt like a second home. In the series itself it’s said that the address of the apartment is 495 Grove Street, New York, which would have to be in Brooklyn then. But what do all the tourists do in 90 Bedford Street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, taking selfies in front of this building that looks like the one from the show? Well, that house corners a different Grove Street that is way too short for a number 495, but at least the story semi-matches reality!


Gossip Girl

“Hello, Upper East-Siders, Gossip Girl here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite" - another big reboot is about to happen soon. Do you remember the first scene of the original Gossip Girl? Serena was back in New York City and where was she spotted? At Grand Central, Midtown Manhattan. But there are many more filming locations to discover: the Met Steps, where the school girls always had lunch, The Empire Hotel ran by Chuck Bass, the Vera Wang boutique where Blair tried on her wedding gown as well as the New York Palace Hotel the Van der Woodsen reside in, etc.


Sex and the City

Talking about the Upper East Side: Sex and the City pulled a simliar move as the makers of Friends. The famous apartment of It girl Carrie Bradshaw was allegedly located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York. But it was actually shot in a completely different neighborhood of Manhattan: 66 Perry Street, Greenwich Village. For all hardcore SATC fans out there: there are even guided tours around the filming locations in New York.


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How I Met Your Mother

If you are in New York, for sure check out the bar the guys and gals of How I Met Your Mother always met up in. "MacLaren's" is based on the real-world New York City bar "McGee's" at 240 W. 55th St. in Midtown Manhattan.


Breakfast At Tiffany's

On October 2, 1960 they started filming the iconic movie Breakfast at Tiffany's directly in front of Tiffany & Co., Fifth Avenue (also in Midtown Manhattan). Till today - even if you haven’t seen the movie - you will at least know the scene with beautiful Audrey Hepburn standing there, looking into the window of the American luxury jewelry brand.


Where Harry met Sally

Do you wanna know where they met? At the legendary "Katz's Delicatessen" (205 E Houston St, Lower East Side, Manhattan New York). Visiting this film location won’t leave you hungry for more. The place is an absolute institution and has without doubt (but some debate) the best pastrami sandwiches in New York City.



Getting into the mood for food? Let’s talk about "Tom's Restaurant" and Seinfeld then. It is still open and located on 2880 Broadway, in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. And at 259-A West 59th Street in Midtown Manhattan you might get some soup, hopefully (in dear memory of the episode The Soup Nazi).


Home Alone 2

Some of you might visit New York these days for Christmas shopping. That should bring one particular movie particular to mind: Home Alone 2, where poor Kevin somehow managed to check into the Plaza Hotel at Fifth Avenue. I mean, try that yourself and see how far you get!