There are many tours you can take in New York City. New York is an iconic city for a reason and one of the reasons everyone recognizes it is that it is used for filming in a huge number of TV and Movies. There is a company that does tours to show you many of the locations used for lots of series and film, some which specialize in particular tv shows or areas such as Central Park. We took a general TV and Movie location tour which mainly went from mid town Manhattan to the downtown area. While on the bus, you have video screens and the guides play clips from the shows and movies as you go by or visit the sites. The guides are very knowledgable and entertaining.
The bus stops and you can get off for photos at a few popular spots like Washington Square Park, and the old firehouse used for Ghostbusters. Another really popular stop is the apartment building used for exterior shots from the tv series Friends, tucked away in Greenwich village. You get to see a lot of the famous New York sites and neighbourhoods along the way, too though it's not a hop on hop off type tour. Tours cost 49 dollars and generally last between 2 to 3 hours or so, depending on the tour.
This company does the general tour and also:
Sex and the City
Central Park sites
TMZ (sites where the celebs hang out and play)
They also do a trip to Boston for Boston movie and tv sites.
You MUST call for reservations and will be told where the bus pickup location is. The location for the general tour for us was Broadway and 51st St.
One of my favourite things that I did in New York was to take a tv and movie tour around the city. The company we went with, On Location Tours, offer a variety of themed tours (Sex & the City, The Sopranos etc) but we chose the New York TV & Movie sites tour.
The tours last 3-3.5hrs and it is advised to book in advance. I'd read about the tours in a Lonely Planet guide and then when I was catching the ferry to the Statue of Liberty I found a leaflet about the tours. The leaflet, however, contained incorrect pick-up information so I had to ring the company to find out the correct pick-up point (see the website link below for more info).
I went in 2004 so the tour is probably slightly different to when I went but some of the things we saw were: The Ghostbusters fire station, Outside Monica's apartment in Friends, a diner used in Men In Black, building from Will & Grace, the real Coyote Ugly bar...
Some locations were just pointed out to us on the bus, other locations we were able to get off the bus and take photos. The guides are very knowledgable and entertaining. Our guide was a huge Friends fan and gave us a Friends quiz.
See my photos or the website for more details.
If you loved Breakfast at Tiffany's (either the book or the film) you cannot miss a visit a this jewelys temple on the 5th Avenue. Most of turists stop at ground floor...dont do that. Go up until engagement's rings or wedding list level; it's just like a museum but staff is really very kind and used to visitors (which dont buy)
Even though I've lived in NYC for a year now, I still feel very much like a tourist sometimes because there is so much to see and do. So I'm not ashamed to say that I still take part in "tourist" activities because, let's face it, they're a great way to see the city and you learn a lot.
My latest act-like-a-tourist day included taking a TV & Movie Tour from On Location Tours. We took a bus all around the city to see familiar places from tv shows and movies.
My favorites were seeing the firehouse from Ghostbusters, Monica's apartment from Friends, the Huxtable's house from The Cosby Show, and the courthouse from Law & Order.
You see sites from movies like Spider Man, Sex & the City, When Harry Met Sally, Enchanted, Hitch, and more. And locations from TV shows like Gossip Girl, Seinfeld, Ugly Betty, and more.
We stopped for pizza at Famous Ben's (used in Men in Black II) and got a black & white cookie as well ("Look to the cookie!"). Also very cool - they showed clips on the bus of the places we've actually seen, so that you could see them "in action."
Overall, it was one of the most fun "touristy" days I've spent in the city. I'd definitely recommend it to visitors & locals!
I definitely recommend visiting this museum but I'd say it's not so much a museum of sex as museum of history of sex in New York City itself. Fascinating (historicaly of course:)) pornographic clips from the beginning of the 20th century, as well as a good insight into a history of gay culture and community in NYC...and more.
New York is the sight of endless movies and television shows so if you are a movie buff you can see endless places where movies were shot.
Here in my picture we actually drove right by a movie in progress. Not sure which one?
I found this web site that does a great job providing the location and addresses of movie sites so you can spend a lot of time at this activity if your interested. I seen Central Perk from Friends, the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld, the Apprentice exit when they hear "your fired" and a couple of places in Central Park.
Maybe you can make it as an extra on your trip, who knows?
This is for fans of the Seinfeld TV show only. Anyone else won't get it. There really is a Kramer, Kenny Kramer. TV Kramer, played by Michael Richards, really is based on the real Kramer, just as TV Kramer's Reality Tour is based on real Kramer's Reality Tour. He lived across the hall from Larry David, one of the show's creators. Kenny describing Larry: "George Costanza is Larry David."
The tour starts with a little stand-up comedy and an introduction at The Producers Club Theater, 358 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Ave, just 3 doors from the corner 9th Avenue). Then everyone piles onto a coach that drives all around the West Side. Kenny stands at the front giving running commentary. He points out locations made famous or referred to in the show, such as the "Soup Nazi's" soup shop, the lot where Kramer and Jerry bought boot-leg shower-heads, the office building where Elaine worked for Pendant Publishing, and Kramer's own rent-controlled apartment where he still lives after all these years. To finish off, there is a group photo with Kenny in front of the famous Monk's Restaurant, where the gang met all the time.
During the tour Kenny will shout out Seinfeld trivia questions and those who shout out the correct answer first are rewarded with a Kramer Tour T-shirt thrown at them. He recounts various amusing inside stories about the creators and shows some rare video footage.
The tours costs $39.50 and is well worth it. It's also a good way to see a neighbourhood of New York City that first-time tourists might bypass. Looking again at his web site (maintained by Kenny), it looks like he is only running the tour on long weekends now, so you would have to book well in advance.
Any fans from the original Superman movie will remember the big planet Earth globe in the lobby at the Daily Planet. My girlfriend pointed out that The Daily News building was actually next door to our hotel, The New York Helmsley. When we walked into the lobby we saw the big globe and it brought back many childhood memories from watching the late Christopher Reeve play Superman. We had many photos taken by it and it was a memorable part of my trip.
If you love Superman pop into the Daily News building
In New York they are always shooting scenes from movies, TV, or commercials. It is pretty easy to spot and kind of fun to watch for a few minutes. These scenes were shot in Chelsea last fall for the Devil Wears Prada. Sorry I cannot lighten them up at this point because I do not have Adobe Photoshop on the computer I am using now.
Then we were off to another West Village spot, the NBC sitcom “Friends” building at 90 Bedford Street where Monica, Chandler and other friends live (the apartment supposed to take place in Brooklyn either). The inspiration for the characters’ fave haunt, Central Perk, is across town in the East Village.
We also make a small detour to the Lucille Lortel Theater at 121 Christopher Street where Joey performed his acting for the first time.
The tour first stop was the ‘Shop Around The Corner’ at 16 West 69th Street (Maya Schaper Cheese and Antiques Shop). This odd looking shop was transformed into Meg Ryan’s (Kathleen) bookshop in “You’ve Got Mail”.
Our driver nosed the bus into a parking space in the West Village on Seventh Avenue. Halfway down Leroy Street, across from a public park, we were in front of a three-story red brick townhouse, with steps leading up to a double door – it was the “Cosby” house, or the Huxtable household, featured on the 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show”. The brownhouse supposed to take place in Brooklyn.
This narrated bus tour took us to the sites of the famous movies and TV shows. The driver navigated through the traffic-choked streets of Midtown, heading south toward Greenwich Village. Along the way our guide pointed out Midtown sites recognizable to movie and TV buffs. New York Public Library, located at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street appeared in the 1990s sitcom “Mad About You”, though the drama’s supposedly set in the Upper West Side.
After a visit to sites in the West Village, then the tour buzzed north to the Upper East Side, through the circular driveway of the building where the Jefferson’s lived. Then to the Upper West Side for a glimpse of Al’s Soup Kitchen International appeared in the 1990s “Seinfeld” episode of “The Soup Nazi”.
The “On Location Tours” offers tours to the sites we have seen on both the big and small screens. There are “Manhattan TV and Movie”, “Sex and the City”, “The Sopranos” and “Central Park Movie Sites” tours to choose among. The tours are quite entertaining, bringing us crossing the border to where reality meets fiction. Either on their narrated bus tours or walking tour, the guide shows us through TV history and show related-sights. It’s a different wasy of seeing New York City. Tickets for the tours range from US$15 to 40. Reservation recommended for all tours.
An average NYC skyscraper in and of itself, it has been prominently featured on the reality TV show "The Apprentice". You can go in and look around the 6 storey atrium, buy an expresso, and wait around and see if "The Donald" passes by.