New York City has been the backdrop for a number of iconic films throughout the years. Though the city will never be or see itself as Hollywood’s East Coast, you will find a number of places here where you can learn more about the history of the industry, about the craft, and tour iconic movie locations. Here are a few of our favorite spots.
1. The Museum of the Moving Image
Each year the Museum shows more than 400 films that cover every genre from classic to contemporary. Here you can experience a silent era film accompanied by a live orchestra, view restored prints from film archives from around the world, and screen new films from international directors. The screening program strives to present a perspective of the moving image from a global perspective and celebrates the impact and power that the screen has on society as a whole. To learn more go to movingimage.us.
2. Woody Allen’s New York
It is clear though viewing the body of his work that Wooden Allen has a love affair with New York City. Throughout his career, he has featured his hometown in a large portion of his films. From Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and her Sisters, to Mighty Aphrodite and many films in-between, his films have used the city as not only a backdrop but as a character in and of itself. Through the New York TV & Movie Sites Tour and Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour presented by On Location Tours, you and your traveling party can experience popular locations from his major films. Stops include the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Natural history, Dean and DeLucas, and John’s Pizzeria among others. To learn more about the tour go to onlocationtours.com.
3. “Made in New York” Walking Tour
For something a little less structured, try the Made in New York walking tour. Narrated by actors Julianna Margulies and Matthew Modine, the tour is a series of free, downloadable podcasts that listeners can access on their own time. The tours are informative and an educational way of telling the history of film and television location shooting in New York City. The tour includes architectural, historical and cultural backgrounds of the locations. More information about the tour can be found on nyc.gov.