How NYC’s most iconic movie settings have changed in the past 30 years

How NYC’s most iconic movie settings have changed in the past 30 years

Should you ever puzzled what New York Metropolis appeared like in 1988, see the movie. Make that motion pictures.

5 beloved movies shot in this metropolis are turning 30 this 12 months. However though a few of the backdrops have changed — together with the hair and fashions — a lot of their landmark sights are nonetheless right here, ready to be rediscovered. From Tess McGill’s workplace in “Working Lady” to the fleabag lodge the place Josh Baskin first crashes in “Massive,” right here’s the place you’ll discover them.

“Working Lady”

1 New York Plaza and Melanie Griffith in a ferry scene from “Working Lady.”Brian Zak; 20th Century Fox/Everett Assortment

The story: Melanie Griffith performs Tess, a hardworking secretary whose career-making concept is stolen by her boss, Katharine (Sigourney Weaver). When Katharine breaks her leg snowboarding, Tess tries to reclaim her concept by passing herself off as the boss.

Iconic settings: The opening panorama exhibits Tess using the Staten Island Ferry past the Statue of Liberty to work at 1 New York Plaza. Katharine’s workplace home windows overlook New York Harbor, and the wedding ceremony Tess crashes to make her pitch takes place at a lavish venue referred to as the Union Membership.

What’s there now: The Staten Island Ferry nonetheless chugs past Girl Liberty and 1 New York Plaza nonetheless stands at South and Whitehall streets with harbor vistas. The Union Membership is definitely the Andrew Carnegie Mansion, 2 E. 91st St., residence of the Cooper Hewitt museum.

Enjoyable reality: For the opening scene, says location supervisor Richard Baratta, the filmmakers rented out the complete Staten Island Ferry for a day, “and we owned it for that morning.”



Jared Rushton and Tom Hanks at the St. James Lodge in “Massive”; the actual Lodge St. James.

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Ross Dock Picnic Space and the carnival scene from “Massive.”

20th Century Fox/Everett Assortment; Tamara Beckwith


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The story: Twelve-year-old Josh finds a fortune-telling machine at a carnival and, bored with being instructed what to do, needs to be “massive.” He wakes up the subsequent morning as a 30-year-old (Tom Hanks) and finally discovers that maturity isn’t all it’s cracked as much as be.

Iconic settings: You’ll see the George Washington Bridge in the background throughout the carnival scene. When grownup Josh runs away from residence, he stays in the less-than-luxe St. James Lodge in Midtown, and has the time of his life taking part in the piano keyboard at FAO Schwarz. Later, overwhelmed, he tracks down that fortune-telling machine and heads to Sea Level Park to reverse his want.

What’s there now: The carnival scene was filmed at Ross Dock Picnic Space, simply north of the bridge in Fort Lee, NJ. The St. James Lodge is definitely the boutique Lodge St. James, at 109 W. 45th St. The scene at Sea Level Park, in which Josh asks to be a child once more, was filmed on the boardwalk of Playland Park, in Westchester. Alas, FAO Schwarz closed in 2015 — it’s now the a web site of an Apple retailer.

Enjoyable reality: Toy shops aren’t only for youngsters. “We have been a movie crew of grown-ups with free reign inside [FAO Schwarz], and there was stuff like working round the aisles with all the toys and creating the massive piano they danced on — it was numerous enjoyable,” says Baratta, who additionally managed places on “Massive.” “It was like we have been all youngsters once more.”

“Crossing Delancey”

Peter Riegert and Amy Irving in “Crossing Delancey”; Delancey Wine at 35 Essex St.Warner Bros./Everett Assortment; Brian Zak

The story: Thirty-something single Isabelle “Izzy” Grossman (Amy Irving) works in a Manhattan bookstore, the place she hooks up with a celeb author. However her beloved bubbie (Reizl Bozyk) has different concepts. The matchmaker she hires to search out Izzy a husband introduces her to Sam, the Pickle Man (a post-“Animal Home” Peter Riegert). At first, Izzy’s appalled, however Sam charms her, if not together with his talent at handball, then with a hat.

Iconic settings: The movie is basically set on the Decrease East Aspect, the place Bubbie’s residence overlooks the Williamsburg Bridge. And sure, there’s an precise pickle store right here, too.

What’s there now: The bookstore was created inside 518 Washington St. in Hoboken — now a Mexican restaurant, Charritos Midtown. Elements of Bubbie’s residence have been filmed inside unit 23D at 154 Broome St., a public-housing constructing. Posner’s Pickles was Guss’ Pickles at 35 Essex St., now residence to Delancey Wine. The handball courtroom the place Sam performed to impress Izzy continues to be there.

Enjoyable reality: Location supervisor Patty Doherty Hess remembers the seek for Sam’s pickle retailer fondly. She says the Guss’ Pickles workers even taught Riegert the best way to sling the items: “We went and rehearsed there with [Riegert] dealing with a barrel, dealing with a pickle … they turned buddies.”

“Coming to America”

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Corridor shot this scene at 390 S. Fifth St. for “Coming to America.”Paramount/Everett Assortment

The story: Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) leaves his homeland of Zamunda together with his assistant Semmi (Arsenio Corridor) in search of his queen. The 2 head, aptly sufficient, to Queens, the place, posing as an change pupil, Akeem romances Lisa McDowell (Shari Headley).

Iconic settings: Looking for meager housing, Akeem and Semmi discover a squalid tenement in an unidentified Queens slum. Akeem heads to a basketball sport at Madison Sq. Backyard with Lisa, her boyfriend Darryl (Eriq La Salle) and Lisa’s sister (Allison Dean), solely to be acknowledged by one in all his countrymen. When the jig is up, Akeem’s royal mother and father (James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair) head to New York and summon Akeem to the royal suite at the Waldorf Astoria.

What’s there now: That Queens slum was truly in Williamsburg. The constructing that’s residence to their residence stands at 390 S. Fifth St. (interiors have been shot on a soundstage). Madison Sq. Backyard’s nonetheless standing, after all, as is the Waldorf Astoria, now closed for renovations.

Enjoyable reality: The fictional run-down nabe the place Akeem and Semmi stay was much more dicey than it appeared. “As soon as [the drug dealers] discovered we had nothing to do with the police, they have been pleasant and made positive we had no issues as a result of they didn’t need the police round,” remembers manufacturing assistant Quincy Gunderson.

“Married to the Mob”

MARRIED TO THE MOB, Alec Baldwin, Michelle Pfeiffer, 1988, (c) Orion/courtesy Everett Collection

Baldwin and Michelle Pfeiffer in a scene.

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Westchester Manor

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Frank (Alec Baldwin) is shot at Fantasia in “Married to the Mob.”


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The story: Angela de Marco (Michelle Pfeiffer) flees to Manhattan along with her son, Joey, after her husband, Frank (Alec Baldwin), is murdered by his Mafia boss Tony Russo (Dean Stockwell). Tony, who has eyes for Angela, finds her in Manhattan. So does FBI agent Mike Downey (Matthew Modine), who’s sizzling on Tony’s path.

Iconic settings: Frank is killed in the garish-looking Fantasia lodge, throughout a tryst together with his mistress. Angela and Joey go away the burbs for a rundown residence at Clinton and Rivington, the place a bath stands in the kitchen.

What’s there now: The outside of the Fantasia was shot at Westchester Manor, a banquet corridor in Hastings-on-Hudson. And that run-down residence Angela finds was shot at 71 Clinton St., the place a two-bedroom rented this week for $2,600 a month.

Enjoyable reality: Location scout Sasha Tsyrlin thought Westchester Manor’s “elaborate exterior” might match the over-the-top rooms of the Fantasia. When trying to find the place the place Angela might discover a new life, the location staff scouted the least-suburban nabe of all: the Decrease East Aspect. “At the time,” says location assistant Neri Tannenbaum, “it was thought-about the most bohemian place you might be.”

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