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14 Midtown Theatres not to miss

14 midtown theatres in new york

When you travel, do like to take in a play, some local theatre, maybe a Broadway show? Well, you’re headed to the theatre capital of the world! There are over 50 theatres in Midtown Manhattan!

In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in New York Midtown, we’ve come across much information, some of which can only be gleaned when doing the actual scavenger hunt.

However, we also wanted to share some of that information with you for your visit planning. Here are 14 theatres to see in New York Midtown.

14 Midtown Theatres you should see

  1. Winter Garden Theatre
    • Built-in 1896 as a horse exchange, its converted into a theatre occurred in 1911. It is located on Broadway at W 51st It is the only Broadway theatre to have a runway extending from the stage into the audience. It was remodeled in 1922 and again in 1982.
  2. Lyceum Theatre.
    • On W 45th east of Broadway, this 1903 theatre is the oldest operating theatre along with the New Amsterdam. It has a Beaux-Arts façade with 6 Corinthian columns.
  3. New Amsterdam Theatre
    • Located on W 42nd at 7th Ave, this 1903 theatre is the oldest operating theatre along with the Lyceum Theatre. As with many other theatres, the New Amsterdam is rumored to be haunted. Its beaux-arts exterior leads into an art-nouveau interior. Art-nouveau features fruits, flowers, and vines.
    • Disney now owns this theatre.
  4. Belasco Theatre
    • Located on W 44th at Broadway, the Belasco Theater opened in 1907, commissioned by Broadway producer David Belasco. This theater’s mission is to put on living room plays where the audience is as close as possible to the actors.
  5. Helen Hayes Theatre
    • This theatre opened as the Little Theatre in 1912 but changed its name in 1983. In 1983, the Hayes, Morsosco and Bijou theatres disappeared, making way for the Marriott Marquis hotel on W.44th
    • Helen Hayes, known as the first lady of American Theatre, started her career at 5 years old and earning Tony, Oscar, Emmy and Grammy awards. This red brick building has a colonial style interior you’d expect to find in Boston and Philadelphia.
    • This theatre also served as a TV studio in the ‘50s and ‘60s for Dick Clark, Merv Griffin, and David Frost.
  6. Shubert Theatre
    • On W 44th west of 7th Ave, this theatre, designed along with the Booth Theatre as back-to-back theatres, opened in 1913. Both have Venetian-Renaissance façades.
  7. Booth Theatre
    • On W 45th west of Broadway, this theatre, designed along with the Shubert Theatre as back-to-back theatres, opened in 1913. Both have Venetian-Renaissance façades. Its name honors the 19th-century actor Edwin Booth, brother of President Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth.
  8. Palace TheatrePalace Theatre
    • On Broadway between W 46th and W 47th
    • This theatre opened in 1913 and was the most famous vaudeville theater in the United States. Every performer dreamed of playing at the palace. If you landed a gig at the Palace Theatre, you could say you finally “made it.”
    • The ‘Who’s Who’ list of celebrities who have performed on the Palace stage, including Harry Houdini, Ethel Merman, Judy Garland, Jerry Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Bette Midler, Shirley MacLaine and Diana Ross.
    • A DoubleTree hotel above it appeared in the 1980s. Most of the grand theatre hides behind the numerous billboards.
  9. Music Box Theatre
    • On W 45th west of Broadway, built in 1921 specifically to house musical revues by Irving Berlin, in the neo-Georgian style. It resembles a large manor house with a colonnade.
  10. Al Hirschfeld Theatre
    • This theatre built in 1924 by Martin Beck in a Byzantine style with Moorish arches along the façade. It is located on W. 45th
    • Martin Beckis gave Harry Houdini his big break. Originally named for Beck, the renaming in 2003 honors the legendary New York Times caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.
  11. Richard Rodgers Theatre
    • Originally named the 46th Street Theatre, it stands on W 46th St. It has hosted a large number of Tony-winning plays and musicals over the years. It was renamed in 1990 after the legendary composer.
  12. Radio City Music Hall
    • This entertainment venue is part of the Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. It is nicknamed the Showplace of the Nation. Radio City Music Hall became a New York City Landmark in May 1978. Originally designed by Edward Durell Stone and Donald Deskey in the Art Deco style, it opened in August 1932.
    • The Rockettes who put on a Christmas Spectacular here every year have been doing so since November 1932!
  13. Minskoff Theatre
    • On W 45th west of Broadway. This theatre opened in 1973.
    • Just outside the entrance to this theater hosting the Lion King, is the site of the failed Times Square bombing attempt. In 2010, 2 street vendors noticed smoke coming from an SUV filled with a crude propane bomb and called the police, who performed a controlled detonation of the bomb.
  14. New VictoryThe New Victory Theatre
    • Located on W 42nd at 7th Ave, this theatre opened in 1900 and has changed names many times over the years: Theatre Republic (1900), Belasco Theatre (1902), Republic Theatre (1910), Minsky’s Burlesque (1931), and The Victory (1942).
    • In 1990, both the New York City and the State of New York took possession of the Victory. It was renamed the New Victory Theatre in 1992.
    • The New Victory Theatre is the first and only full-time performing arts theater for kids and families. Performances are appropriate for kids 1 1/2 years old and up to 12 years old.
    • On W 48th west of Broadway

There are at least 40 other theatres to check out in Midtown, around Broadway.

Tourist Scavenger Hunts

We invite you to try our Tourist Scavenger Hunt in New York Midtown. It is a 2.5-hour guided walking tour throughout Midtown Manhattan from Grand Central Terminal to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and everything in between. You do it on your mobile phone (how it works).  It only costs $30 for your group (1 to 6 people). Moreover, you will enjoy seeing these theatres and much more while completing challenges and learning about Midtown’s history.

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15 Street Art in Midtown Manhattan to be enjoyed

15 street art in Midtown Manhattan

Do you love art? When you travel do you make it a point to see public monuments, sculptures, and statues? There is much street art in Midtown Manhattan to be seen.

In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in New York Midtown, we’ve come across much information, some of which can only be gleaned when doing the actual scavenger hunt.

However, we also wanted to share some of that information with you for your visit planning. Here are 13 pieces of street art in Midtown Manhattan, 7 of which are located within Bryant Park.

7 Street Art to see in Bryant Park

  1. William Cullen BryantWilliam Cullen Bryant
    • William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) was an American romantic poet, journalist, and editor of the New York Evening Post. His statue is located prominently, incidentally, in Bryant Park.
  2. Gertrude Stein
    • Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) was an American novelist, poet, playwright and art collector. Her statue is located on the north side in Bryant Park.
  3. William Earl Dodge
    • William Earl Dodge (1805-1883) was a New York businessman, referred to as one of the Merchant Princes of Wall Street in the years leading up to the American Civil War. His statue is located on the north side of Bryant Park.
  4. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was a German writer and statesman. He wrote, among other works, the poems Prometheus and the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. His bust is located on the south side of the park
  5. Josephine Shaw Lowell FountainJosephine Shaw Lowell Fountain
    • This magnificent fountain is on the west side of the park. Josephine Shaw Lowell (1843-1905) was a social worker and reformer. She is said to be the first woman to be honored by a major monument in New York City.
  6. José Bonifacio de Andrada e Silva
    • His full-bodied figure is located on 6th Ave near W 40th. José Bonifacio de Andrada (1763-1838) was a Brazilian statesman, naturalist, professor, and poet.
  7. Benito Juarez
    • Benito Juarez (1806-1872)’s bronze statue stands on the north-west corner of the park. He was a Mexican lawyer and liberal politician from the Oaxaca province.

8 Street Art to see elsewhere in Midtown Manhattan

  1. The Guardians: Hero
    • Erected in 2013, in the year of Italian Culture in the US, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs donated this art piece by Antonio Pio Saracino. It is now located on the south side of W. 42nd, between 6th Ave and Broadway.
  1. Father DuffyFather Duffy
    • Located between 7th Ave and Broadway, W 46th and 47th stands Duffy Square. Francis Patrick Duffy (1871 to 1932) was a Canadian-American soldier, Roman Catholic priest, and military chaplain. He journeyed into the thick of battle to recover wounded soldiers and is the most highly decorated cleric in the history of the United States Army. He also conducted vital work in Hell’s Kitchen, 2 blocks to your left. You will find his statue here on the island that carries his name.
  2. George M CohanGeorge M. Cohan
    • Also located in Times Square, near Father Duffy’s statue, George M. Cohan’s (1878-1942) was a Broadway producer, playwright, composer, and actor.
  3. GlobeAtlas
    • Atlas is the Greek demigod carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. He stands in front of St-Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Ave, above 50th, on a 9-ft granite pedestal.
  4. Human Structures
    • Located at W 33rd St & 7th Ave, this tall art installation shows humans of all colors.
  5. James Gordon Bennett Memorial
    • Located at Herald Square, at E 33rd and Broadway, this memorial honors James Gordon Bennett (1795-1872). He was the founder of the New York Herald newspaper in 1835.
  6. Rockefeller Plaza Prometheus
    • This piece of art depicting Prometheus, the Greek god who brought fire to mankind, was unveiled at Rockefeller Plaza in 1934. It is the work of Paul Manship (1885-1966).
  7. Mankind FiguresMankind Figures (Maiden and Youth)
    • Unveiled in 1936, this art installation at Rockefeller Plaza is also the work of Paul Manship. Two figures face each other, flanking Prometheus from across the pool.

Note that Rockefeller Plaza itself, and its surrounding buildings, are covered with art sculptures, mosaics, and frescos.

Tourist Scavenger Hunts

We invite you to try our Tourist Scavenger Hunt in New York Midtown. This 2.5-hour guided walking tour takes you throughout Midtown Manhattan from Grand Central Terminal to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and everything in between. You do it on your mobile phone (how it works).  It only costs $30 for your group (1 to 6 people). Moreover, you will enjoy this street art and much more while completing challenges and learning about Midtown’s history.

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8 Plazas and parks in Midtown Manhattan

8 parks in Midtown Manhattan

Do you seek out parks and plazas to walk through when you visit a city? There are a few green spaces in Midtown Manhattan, as well as a few squares and plazas that might not be so green.

In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in New York Midtown, we’ve come across much information, some of which can only be gleaned when doing the actual scavenger hunt.

However, we also wanted to share some of that information with you for your visit planning. Here are 8 plazas and parks to see in New York Midtown.

8 plazas and parks in Midtown Manhattan

  1. Bryant ParkBryant Park
    • Bryant Park is a large park, often referred to as an oasis of green in the heart of Midtown. Find here lawns, fountains, pathways, an outdoor reading room, a ping-pong area and a Pétanque area. In winter, there is an ice-skating rink here.
    • To the south is the Bryant Park Hotel, at 40 W 40th St. This was originally the American Radiator Building. Designed in the neo-gothic Art Deco style, its unusual color scheme makes it stand out from the crowd of surrounding glass skyscrapers. The front of the building is black brick, symbolizing coal, one of the elements used to create heat as in a radiator. Other parts of the facade are covered in gold bricks, symbolizing fire, another element of heat.
    • You will find the several statues in Bryant Park, including those of
      1. William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) was an American romantic poet, journalist, and editor of the New York Evening Post.
      2. Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) was an American novelist, poet, playwright and art collector.
      3. William Earl Dodge (1805-1883) was a New York businessman, referred to as one of the Merchant Princes of Wall Street in the years leading up to the American Civil War.
  1. Times BuildingTimes Square
    • Originally called Long Acre Square, this stretch of intersections between 42nd and 48th St has long been a major commercial hub full of restaurants, theatres, shops and office buildings.
    • Today it is regularly full of locals and tourists here to take in that New York feeling. There are many street performers in designated zones.
  2. Father DuffyFather Duffy Square
    • Located between 7th Ave and Broadway, W 46th and 47th stands Duffy Square. Francis Patrick Duffy (1871 to 1932) was a Canadian-American soldier, Roman Catholic priest, and military chaplain. He journeyed into the thick of battle to recover wounded soldiers and is the most highly decorated cleric in the history of the United States Army. He also conducted vital work in Hell’s Kitchen, 2 blocks to your left. You will find his statue here on the island that carries his name.
  3. Andrew Heiskell Plaza
    • Located at W 42nd and 6th Ave, this plaza is the north-west corner of Bryant Park. It presents pedestrians with a large staircase leading up into the park.
  4. Katharine Hepburn Garden
    • Located on E 47th between 2nd Ave and 1st Ave, this small park offers a small wooded area with a fountain for you to get in touch with nature.
  5. Tudor City Greens
    • This lush garden is located along Tudor City Place, between E 43rd and E 42nd.
  6. High Line
    • The High Line is an elevated linear park along a former rail line. It stretches 1.45 miles along 10th Ave from W 30th (in lower Midtown) to Gansevoort St in the Financial district.
  7. 622 3rd Ave
    • Climb the stairs to the right of the building to the rooftop where you’ll find an open garden with plenty of seating. 3 floors up diminish street noises for a nice calm sit or nap.

Tourist Scavenger Hunts

We invite you to try our Tourist Scavenger Hunt in New York Midtown. It is a 2.5-hour guided walking tour throughout Midtown Manhattan from Grand Central Terminal to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and everything in between. You do it on your mobile phone (how it works).  It only costs $30 for your group (1 to 6 people). Moreover, you will enjoy seeing these plazas and parks and much more while completing challenges and learning about Midtown’s history.

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12 Attractions in Midtown New York

12 attractions in midtown new york

Are you visiting New York? More specifically Manhattan and it’s Midtown neighborhood? There are a number of attractions to partake in while you are there, including this scavenger hunt! In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in New York Midtown, we’ve come across much information, some of which can only be gleaned when doing the actual scavenger hunt.

However, we also wanted to share some of that information with you for your visit planning. Here are 12 attractions to see in New York Midtown.

12 attractions to see in New York Midtown

  1. Madame Tussauds Madame Tussauds
    • Madame Tussauds New York presents over 200 wax figures of famous musicians, A-list stars, sports legends, world leaders and more. There is a Marvel Super Hero 4D ultra-sensory superheroes film. Be sure to take selfies with the Hulk, Captain America, Thor, and Ironman! Don’t let the full prices listed below scare you away. Many coupons and discounts are available in hotel lobbies, in some restaurants, and on the street, to lower the price of entry significantly.
  2. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
    • Next to Madame Tussauds is Ripley’s Believe It or Not! A curious place to visit, to see oddities and unusual things, across twenty themed galleries.
  3. Times Scare
    • Located on 8th Ave between W 42nd and W 43rd is Times Scare, an interactive walk-through horror adventure.
  4. National Geographic Encounter
    • NatGeo Encounter takes you on a deep dive into the ocean using photo-real animation with giant projection screens and immersive sound.
  5. Gulliver’s Gate.
    • Gulliver’s Gate is a massive exhibition of a miniature world. The 50,000-square-foot exhibition has incredibly detailed miniature models of cities and countries of the world with iconic sites from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. These are both great activities for families with children.
  6. Disney Store
    • Alright, not an attraction in the traditional sense of the word, but an attraction for Disney buffs nonetheless.
    • Enjoy 2 floors of displays, shopping, and the occasional mascot.
  7. IUss Intrepidntrepid Sea, Air & Space
    • The USS Intrepid is a retired aircraft carrier located at Pier 86, at W 46th On and around it you will find a collection of American military and maritime aircraft and other vehicles.
    • It is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.

    NFL Experience

    • The NFL Experience brings fans closer than ever to the game and their favorite teams with its live action, interactive games, state-of-the-art 4D theater and the Vince Lombardi Trophy!
  8. Top of the Rock
    • Rockefeller Center is home to NBC Studios which you can tour. You’ll also find here the Top of the Rock attraction. To experience either of these two, you will want to enter the center from 6th Ave. You’ll find The Top of the Rock midway through. This is the home of Saturday Night Live.
    • The entrances are gilded and adorned with wonderful mosaics.
  9. High Line
    • The High Line is an elevated linear park along a former rail line. It stretches 1.45 miles along 10th Ave from W 30th (in lower Midtown) to Gansevoort St in the Financial district.
  10. Empire State BuildingEmpire State Building
    • The Empire State Building was finished in 1931, also in the Art Deco style. It is currently (2018) the 5th tallest skyscraper in the United States.
    • It is located on an original lot of an 18th-century farm. The Astor family built a hotel here in the 1890s but in 1920, they sold it and it was torn down to build the structure we see now. The Airship mast on top, now an antenna, ensured it would be the world’s tallest building, beating the Chrysler Building and others in construction at the time.
    • Visiting the Empire State Building costs $37 for adults and will take about an hour of your time.
  11. SpyScape
    • New York’s spy museum and experience, here you will dodge lasers, crack codes, lie and spot liars.
    • SpyScape is located at the intersection of 8th Ave and W 55th

Tourist Scavenger Hunts

We invite you to try our Tourist Scavenger Hunt in New York Midtown. It is a 2.5-hour guided walking tour throughout Midtown Manhattan from Grand Central Terminal to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and everything in between. You do it on your mobile phone (how it works).  It only costs $30 for your group (1 to 6 people). Moreover, you will enjoy seeing these attractions and much more while completing challenges and learning about Midtown’s history.

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11 of Midtown Manhattan’s iconic buildings

11 midtown manhattan iconic buildings

Do you love architecture, or seeing buildings from your favorite film scenes? Midtown New York is chock full of these. This post presents 11 of Midtown Manhattan’s iconic buildings.

In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in New York Midtown, we’ve come across much information, some of which can only be gleaned when doing the actual scavenger hunt.

11 Iconic buildings in Midtown Manhattan

  1. Grand Central TerminalGrand Central Terminal
    • This is the principal Amtrak terminal for the city, as well as a central hub for the various metro lines crisscrossing the city. The current Beaux Arts building is the third railroad structure to stand on this site, now covering 48 acres. Railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt built the original Grand Central Depot in 1871. The number of railroad companies quickly outgrew the Depot, In 189, demolition took place to replace it with the six-story Grand Central Station.
    • Back then, trains were steam-powered. After a 1902 catastrophic collision, a decision switched steam to modern electric trains. Again, the existing building was rebuilt to accommodate electric trains. Grand Central was no longer just a stop along a route, but the final stop. Hence, it became Grand Central Terminal and officially opened in 1913.
    • The nicest feature of Grand Central Terminal is the ceiling of the grand hall, a colossal, breathtaking mural of the zodiac constellations.
  2. United Nations
    from North By Northwest

    UN Headquarters

    • Located 3 city blocks from Grand Central Terminal, the United Nations is headquartered in New York City, in the neighborhood called Turtle Bay.
    • This complex as served since 1952 along the East River. Note that all of the United Nation’s specialized agencies are located outside New York City. Many large art installations can be found throughout the grounds.
  3. NY Public LibraryNew York Public Library
    • Patience and Fortitude are the two majestic lions outside the main branch of the New York Public Library. They have been the institution’s mascots for more than a century.
    • It has been NY’s largest and busiest circulating library. Renovations undertaken in August of 2017 keep most of the building closed. You can still access the entrance which is worth a quick visit. It will reopen in early 2020.
  4. Chrysler Building
    • The world-famous Chrysler Building is an Art Deco-style skyscraper, built in 1928.
  5. Empire State BuildingEmpire State Building
    • The Empire State Building opened in 1931, also in the Art Deco style. It is currently (2018) the 5th tallest skyscraper in the United States.
    • It is located on an original lot of an 18th-century farm. The Astor family built a hotel here in the 1890s. They sold it in 1920. After a teardown, the structure we see now emerged. The Airship mast on top, now an antenna, ensured it would be the world’s tallest building, beating the Chrysler Building and others in construction at the time.
    • Visiting the Empire State Building costs $37 for adults and will take about an hour of your time.
  6. Knickerbocker Hotel
    By Jim.henderson – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25066719

    Knickerbocker Hotel

    • At 6 Times Square is the Knickerbocker Hotel.
    • This Beau-Arts style 1906 construction operated as a hotel until 1920. At that time, a complete conversion turned it into offices for Newsweek magazine until 1959. It’s been converted back into a hotel in 2013. You will find at its very top, the St.Cloud rooftop bar with a great view of Times Square.
  7. Rockefeller Center
    • Rockefeller Center is home to NBC Studios which you can tour. You’ll also find here the Top of the Rock attraction. To experience either of these two, you will want to enter the center from 6th Ave. You’ll find The Top of the Rock midway through. This is the home of Saturday Night Live.
    • The entrances are gilded and adorned with wonderful mosaics.
  8. St-Patricks CathedralSt-Patrick’s Cathedral
    • The Cathedral of St. Patrick is a decorated Neo-Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral church in the United States and a prominent landmark of New York City. It is the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.
    • Construction began in 1858, under Pope Pius IX. Work paused during the Civil War and resumed in 1865. Completed in 1878, dedication took place on May 25, 1879.
  9. Waldorf Astoria
    • No hotel is as much a New York icon as the Waldorf-Astoria, built in 1931. The hotel lobby is normally well worth a visit; however, the hotel undergoes a complete renovation and restoration at the moment. It should reopen by 2022.
  10. Helmsley BuildingHelmsley Building
    • The beautiful Art Deco Helmsley Building, in the middle of Park Ave at E 46th It was originally the New York Central Building, the headquarters for the New York Central Railroad Company (founded by Cornelius Vanderbilt).
    • When New York Central sold the building to real estate mogul Harry Helmsley, he renamed it the New York General Building. His wife, Leona Helmsley later renamed it the Helmsley Building after her deceased husband.
  11. MetLife Building
    By Postdlf, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=667586

    MetLife Building

    • MetLife Building looms above the Helmsley Building and Grand Central Terminal.
    • This 59-story skyscraper opened in 1930, and still referred to many New Yorkers by its original name, the Pan Am Building. There aren’t many fans of the MetLife building other than the building’s landlords. That’s because its architectural school called Brutalism that uses concrete and blockish forms dwarf the regal Helmsley Building you just saw.
    • Incidentally, in the Avengers movies, the MetLife Building turns out to be the Avengers Tower.

Tourist Scavenger Hunts

We invite you to try our Tourist Scavenger Hunt in New York Midtown. It is a 2.5-hour guided walking tour throughout Midtown Manhattan from Grand Central Terminal to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and everything in between. You do it on your mobile phone (how it works).  It only costs $30 for your group (1 to 6 people). Moreover, you will enjoy seeing these iconic buildings and much more while completing challenges and learning about Midtown’s history.

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10 Film Locations in Midtown Manhattan

10 films locations in Midtown NYC

Do you enjoy spotting where some of your favorite films or tv shows have had scenes shot when you visit a city? A ton of films have been shot in Midtown Manhattan over the years. This continues with many productions closing down streets and parks every year to make your next favorite flick.

In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in New York Midtown, we’ve come across much information, not only some which can only be gleaned when doing the actual scavenger hunt, but also some we wanted to share with you for your visit planning. Here are 10 film locations to see in New York Midtown.

10 film locations in Midtown Manhattan

Grand Central Terminal Grand Central Terminal

This is the principal Amtrak terminal for the city, as well as a central hub for the various metro lines crisscrossing the city. The current Beaux Arts building is the third railroad structure to stand on this site, now covering 48 acres. The original Grand Central Depot was built in 1871 by railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. The number of railroad companies quickly outgrew the Depot and in 1899 it was demolished and replaced with the six-story Grand Central Station.

Back then, trains were steam-powered. After a 1902 catastrophic collision, the decision was made to switch to modern electric trains. Again, the existing building was rebuilt to accommodate electric trains. Grand Central was no longer just a stop along a route, but the final stop. Hence, it became Grand Central Terminal, and officially opened in 1913.

The nicest feature of Grand Central Terminal is the ceiling of the grand hall, a colossal, breathtaking mural of the zodiac constellations.

Grand Central Terminal

To sum up, 49 films have used Grand Central Terminal as an important scene over the years.

  1. Grand Central Murder (1942)
  2. Spellbound (1945)
  3. The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
  4. North by Northwest (1959)
  5. Seconds (1966)
  6. Sweet Charity (1969)
  7. The Out-of-Towners (1970)
  8. Necrology (1971)
  9. Superman (1978)
  10. A Stranger is Watching (1982)
  11. Falling in Love (1984)
  12. Midnight Run (1988)
  13. The House on Carroll Street (1988)
  14. The Cotton Club (1984)
  15. The Freshman (1990)
  16. A Shock to the System (1990)
  17. State of Grace (1990)
  18. The Fisher King (1991)
  19. The Prince of Tides (1991)
  20. Carlito’s Way (1993)
  21. Amateur (1994)
  22. Hackers (1995)
  23. One Fine Day (1996)
  24. Extreme Measures (1996)
  25. Men in Black (1997)
  26. Tadpole (2000)
  27. Men in Black II (2002)
  28. Unfaithful (2002)
  29. Bad Company (2002)
  30. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  31. Taxi (2004)
  32. Kinsey (2004)
  33. Just My Luck (2006)
  34. Whirlygirl (2006)
  35. I Am Legend (2007)
  36. Reign over me (2007)
  37. Revolutionary Road (2008)
  38. Old Dogs (2009)
  39. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
  40. The Code (2009)
  41. Duplicity (2009)
  42. The Switch (2010)
  43. Step up 3D (2010)
  44. Friends with Benefits (2011)
  45. Arthur (2011)
  46. Loosies (2012)
  47. The Avengers (2012)
  48. Greetings from Tim Buckley (2012)
  49. Broken City (2013)

NY Public LibraryNew York Public Library

Patience and Fortitude are the two majestic lions outside the main branch of the New York Public Library. They have been the institution’s mascots for more than a century.

It has been NY’s largest and busiest circulating library. It is mostly closed since August of 2017 for major renovations. You can still access the entrance which is worth a quick visit. It will reopen in early 2020.

Patience and Fortitude

Overall, 44 films had significant scenes shot here at New York Public Library:

  1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
  2. You’re a Big Boy Now (1966)
  3. Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
  4. Network (1976)
  5. The Wiz (1978)
  6. Chapter Two (1979)
  7. Exposed (1983)
  8. Ghostbusters (1984)
  9. Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
  10. Off Beat (1986)
  11. Regarding Henry (1991)
  12. Sliver (1993)
  13. Quiz Show (1994)
  14. Zoya (TV 1995)
  15. Picture Perfect (1997)
  16. The Astronaut’s Wife (1999)
  17. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
  18. Finding Forrester (2000)
  19. Lost Souls (2000)
  20. The Devil and Daniel Webster (2001)
  21. Head Over Heels (2001)
  22. Becker (TV; 2002)
  23. Maid in Manhattan (2002)
  24. Spiderman (2002)
  25. The Time Machine (2002)
  26. 13 Going on 30 (2004)
  27. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
  28. Shortcut to Happiness (2004)
  29. 13 Going on 30 (2004)
  30. CSI: NY (2005)
  31. Stay (2005)
  32. All My Children (2006)
  33. The Pink Panther (2006)
  34. Jumper (2007)
  35. Spiderman 3 (2007)
  36. Sex and the City: The Movie (2008)
  37. Uncertainty (2008)
  38. Salt (2010)
  39. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
  40. Arthur (2011)
  41. Winter’s Tale (2013)
  42. 5 to 7 (2013)
  43. Oblivion (2013)
  44. A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

Also, the following television series also significant scenes shot here at New York Public Library:

  1. Law & Order (TV; ongoing)
  2. Smallville (TV; 2004)
  3. The Prince Pilot (TV; 2005)
  4. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Weddings (TV; 2005)
  5. Traveler (TV; 2007)
  6. Kings (TV; 2008)
  7. Gossip Girl (TV; 2010)
  8. Who Do You Think You Are? (TV; 2010)
  9. NEWSROOM (TV;2012)
  10. Muhammad Ali (HBO/TV;2012)
  11. Person of Interest (TV, 2013)
  12. The Following (TV;2014)

Bryant Park

Bryant Park HotelBryant Park is a large park, often referred to as an oasis of green in the heart of Midtown. Find here lawns, fountains, pathways, an outdoor reading room, a ping-pong area and a Pétanque area. In winter, there is an ice-skating rink here.

It is bordered by the Bryant Park Hotel to the south (originally the American Radiator Building), and the Bank of America Tower to the north-west.

Bank of America Building

Across Ave of the Americas to the west of Bryant Park is was located Circle NYC nightclub in which scenes from How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) were shot.

On the whole, 23 films filmed various scenes within Bryant Park:

  1. The World According to Garp (1982)
  2. Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
  3. Private Parts (1997)
  4. The Out-of-Towners (1999)
  5. End of Days (1999)
  6. Loser (2000)
  7. Head over Heels (2001)
  8. The Caveman’s Valentine (2001)
  9. Spider-Man (2002)
  10. Shortcut to Happiness (2003)
  11. Happy Hour (2003)
  12. Heights (2005)
  13. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
  14. I Think I Love My Wife (2007)
  15. Sex and the City (2008)
  16. Deception (2008)
  17. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)
  18. Letters to Juliet (2010)
  19. Morning Glory (2010)
  20. Wanderlust (2012)
  21. Winter’s Tale (2014)
  22. Trainwreck (2015)
  23. Ted 2 (2015)

Also, other TV programs filmed various scenes within Bryant Park:

  1. Project Runway (2004-…)
  2. Glee (2009-2015)
  3. Person of Interest (2011-2016)
  4. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2015)
  5. Jessica Jones (2015-)
  6. Conviction (2016-2017)

Port Authority Bus Terminal

The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the main gateway for interstate buses into Manhattan in New York City. It opened in 1950 and stands 1 block east of the Lincoln Tunnel to New Jersey. 8,000 buses and 225,000 people go through it on an average weekday through its 223 gates! 13 Subway lines also stop at the Port Authority.

To sum up, 9 films had significant scenes shot here:

  1. The Touch of Her Flesh (1967)
  2. Lusting Hours (1967)
  3. The Anderson Tapes (1971)
  4. Heroes (1977)
  5. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
  6. Streatwalkin’ (1985)
  7. Bad Lieutenant (1986)
  8. Keane (2004)
  9. World Trade Center (2006)

Times Square

Originally called Long Acre Square, this stretch of intersections between 42nd and 48th St has long been a major commercial hub full of restaurants, theatres, shops and office buildings.

Today it is likely full of locals and tourists here to take in that New York feeling. There are many street performers in designated zones. There are almost 50 theatres on both sides of Times Square, on 42nd St 43rd St and every street all the way up to 50th.

As a result, 38 films have prominently shown Times Square:

  1. Times TowerKing Kong (1933)
  2. The Seven Year Itch (1954)
  3. Killer’s Kiss (1955)
  4. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
  5. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
  6. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  7. Cannonball (1976)
  8. Superman (1977)
  9. Annie (1982)
  10. A Chorus Line, The Movie (1985)
  11. Crocodile Dundee (1986)
  12. Batteries Not Included (1987)
  13. Big (1988)
  14. Naked in New York (1993)
  15. Jerry Maguire (1996)
  16. Conspiracy Theory (1997)
  17. Cradle Will Rock (1999)
  18. Center Stage (2000)
  19. Times BuildingVanilla Sky (2001)
  20. Perfume (2001)
  21. Sidewalks of New York (2001)
  22. Life or Something Like It (2002)
  23. Phileine zegt sorry (2003)
  24. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
  25. Closer (2004)
  26. She Hate Me (2004)
  27. When Will I Be Loved (2004)
  28. Just My Luck (2006)
  29. Enchanted (2007)
  30. BillboardsMichael Clayton (2007)
  31. Spread (2009)
  32. Whatever Works (2009)
  33. Date Night (2010)
  34. Twelve (2010)
  35. Captain America (2011)
  36. New Year’s Eve (2011)
  37. Friends with Benefits (2011)
  38. Lola Versus (2012)

Hotel Edison

Hotel EdisonBuilt in 1931, Hotel Edison has room for 1,000 guests over 26 floors and is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in New York with its curved edges, bold lines, and an interior that is both elegant and bold. When the hotel opened, the lights were famously turned on by Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb. It is located on W 47th between 6th and 7th St.

Hotel Edison

Walk in to see the main lobby which is still in the original Art Deco style. There are many beautiful paintings and murals.

In any event, 3 films and TV shows had significant scenes shot here at Hotel Edison:

  1. The Godfather (1972)
  2. Bullets over Broadway (1994)
  3. Sex and the City (1998-2004)

Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music HallThis entertainment venue is part of the Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. It is nicknamed the Showplace of the Nation. Radio City Music Hall was designated a New York City Landmark in May 1978. Originally designed by Edward Durell Stone and Donald Deskey in the Art Deco style, it opened in August 1932.

The Rockettes who put on a Christmas Spectacular here every year have been doing so since November 1932!

Overall, 5 films had scenes here at Radio City Music Hall:

  1. The Godfather (1972)
  2. My Favorite Year (1982)
  3. Radio Days (1987)
  4. Home Alone 2 (1992)
  5. Quiz Show (1994)

Rockefeller Plaza

Rockefeller Center Rockefeller Plaza houses a large fountain which turns into a skating rink in winter and several signature stores such as Cole Haan and the Lego Store.

On the whole, here are 9 films that shot scenes here in front of the fountain and golden statue of Prometheus:

  1. On the Town (1949). It is where Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly sign New York New York.
  2. Ghostbuster (1984)
  3. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
  4. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
  5. Rockefeller PlazaPrivate Parts (1997)
  6. Autumn in New York (2000)
  7. Spider-Man (2002)
  8. Elf (2003)
  9. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

Waldorf Astoria

Waldorf AstoriaNo hotel is as much a New York icon as the Waldorf-Astoria, built in 1931. The hotel lobby is normally well worth a visit; however, the hotel is currently closed as it undergoes a complete renovation and restoration. It should reopen by 2022.

To sum up, here are 15 films with significant scenes shot here at the Waldorf Astoria:

  1. Weekend at the Waldorf (1945)
  2. The Out-of-Towners (1970).
  3. The Great Gatsby (1974)
  4. My Favorite Year (1982)
  5. Hannah and her sisters (1986)
  6. The Godfather Part III (1990)
  7. Scent of a Woman (1992)
  8. Analyze This (1999)
  9. Serendipity (2001)
  10. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
  11. Maid in Manhattan (2002)
  12. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  13. Alfie (2004)
  14. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
  15. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

MetLife Building

MetLife Building
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This 59-story skyscraper, opened in 1930, is still referred to many New Yorkers by its original name, the Pan Am Building, named for the now non-existent airline. There aren’t many fans of the MetLife building other than the building’s landlords. That’s because its architectural school called Brutalism that uses concrete and blockish forms dwarf the regal Helmsley Building you just saw.

In addition, in the Avengers movies, the MetLife Building is transformed into the Avengers Tower.

As a result, here are 18 films in which we can clearly see the MetLife Building:

  1. Grand Slam (1967)
  2. Only When I Larf (1968)
  3. Coogan’s Bluff (1968)
  4. The French Connection (1971)
  5. Highlander (1986)
  6. Gremlins 2 (1990)
  7. Godzilla (1998)
  8. Armageddon (1998)
  9. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  10. Knowing (2009)
  11. The Avengers (2012) – appears as Stark Tower
  12. Iron Man 3 (2013) – appears as Stark Tower
  13. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – appears as Stark Tower
  14. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – appears as Stark Tower
  15. Daredevil (2015-…) – appears as Stark Tower
  16. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – appears as Stark Tower
  17. Jessica Jones (2017-…) – appears as Stark Tower
  18. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) – appears as Statesmen Whiskey tower

Tourist Scavenger Hunts

We invite you to try our Tourist Scavenger Hunt in New York Midtown. It is a 2.5-hour guided walking tour throughout Midtown Manhattan from Grand Central Terminal to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and everything in between. You do it on your mobile phone (how it works).  It only costs $30 for your group (1 to 6 people). Moreover, you will enjoy seeing these film locations and much more while completing challenges and learning about Midtown’s history.