I’ve probably said it about a million times by now, but I love New York City. My time spent working as an intern in 2011 for a travel magazine in midtown was a huge career highlight, the coolest part of which was the number of times I walked past a movie set. My office was right around the corner from Grand Central Station and the Chrysler Building and after a while, it became a common occurrence for me to have to re-route down a different block because of a massive assembly of scaffolding and lighting and boom mics. These days, my usual visit itinerary keeps me in midtown, but I adore downtown Manhattan. I love the tree-lined residential streets. The gorgeous parks. The more down-to-earth atmosphere. One of my favorite iconic spots is Washington Square Park, where so many notable movie and TV scenes have been filmed. Here are a few examples:
Sally Albright and Harry Burns share a car ride from Chicago to New York upon graduating from college. After determining they can never be friends because Sally can’t order pie in one sentence and Harry’s a jerk or something, she drops him off at the park and they go their separate ways. One of Nora Ephron’s best and one of my personal favorites.
Robert Neville is the last remaining survivor after a viral plague wipes out most of the population and turns the rest into zombies with a temper not to be messed with. At least his fortress of solitude has one hell of a view. Too bad he’s forced to blow it up in the climax of the film.
Before half of Glee actually picked up and moved to New York, it was the season two finale that brought our favorite student singers to the Big Apple. They sang their way across Manhattan, which included a pit stop on a bench under the arch. Then in the season four premiere, Rachel and Kurt reunited near the fountain.
Evan (“August”) meets a musician in the park who, unbeknownst to both of them, is actually his biological father. They test out each others’ guitars, engaging in a little musical duel.
I was going to include the episode of Gilmore Girls where Rory visits Jess and finds him in the park, where he says he likes to read. Then I watched the scene more closely, went on IMDb, and realized it was filmed in Burbank. Still, a name drop.
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