A tour around the most famous movie scenes in New York

By | July 16, 2020

Many films have been shot in New York. So if you are in town wondering what to do, here is an option – make a tour around the most famous places in New York where key movie scenes were shot. Here are some suggestions:

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Shot in 1992, this film is a part of the series “Home alone”. The main character is the little boy Kevin (played by Macaulay Culkin). In “Home Alone 2” Kevin is lost in New York, away from his parents who are in Miami. He is being chased by the two criminals Marv and Harry. Over the years the film has become a symbol of the Christmas holidays. It is the perfect family comedy that will always bring happiness and joy.

The film shows to the audience many key places and famous attractions in New York. Wollman Rink is where Marv and Harry were ice skating and stealing children’s scarves and gloves. It is located in Central Park and it is a must-visit place if you happen to be in New York during the winter. The holiday spirit will obsess you undoubtedly. The Gapstow Bridge, also situated in Central Park, is another key scene in the movie. There Kevin meets the pigeon lady, who later saves him from Marv and Harry. The Rockefeller Center is one of the most important places in the movie. It is located in Midtown Manhattan (between 48th Street and 51st Street). Kevin goes to the Rockefeller Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. He is sad because his family is away but then suddenly his mother appears.

Going on a tour around the key places from the movie guarantees the best winter vacation in New York.


This amazing movie tells the story of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) who suffers from a mental disorder. He lives with his mom in poverty but in hope he will succeed in becoming a famous comedian. Unfortunately, tragic circumstances turn Arthur into a murderer who leads a crowd of angry citizens who want radical political changes.

One of the key filming locations is “The Joker Stairs”. The stairs are situated in Highbridge (Bronx). They connect Shakespeare and Anderson Avenues at West 167th Street. In the movie Joker, the new identity of Arthur is going down these stairs dancing. The scene became very popular after the film premiere. People began to take photos on the stairs posing like the Joker. The film turned this place into an attraction and a symbol of the Bronx.

Sex and the City

The famous series about the writer Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) and her friends is emblematic for the city of New York. All of the seasons are shot there. Carrie’s apartment is one of the main places in the series. Its address in the movie is 245 East 73rd Street but the building which we see in the episodes is not actually located there. The building is a private residence in West Village and its owners suffer from the big interest people have in taking a photo sitting on their entrance stairs just like Carrie sits in the movie. So it is not the best idea to pose in front of Carrie’s home, but if you wear Manolo Blahnik and pass by the building there is no need for a photo to feel like Bradshaw.

Night at the Museum

For all the lovers of fantasy, here is one interesting place to go. “Night at the Museum” is shot in the American Museum of Natural History. Well, in the movie all exhibits come to life which will not happen in the real-life, but still, the museum is worth visiting. The enormous fossilized bones of tyrannosaurus Rex are assembled in a walking position so the ancient beast rises above all of the visitors. You will feel small and defenseless in front of this skeleton. 

The famous movie scenes in New York can only be rivaled by Broadway and its famous stages. Both attract stars from around the world and are global leaders in their respective industries.

If you liked your tour of the most famous movie scenes in New York, you can check the underrated things to do in town, as well as the best attractions to visit. And you’d better look trendy while doing it!