Los Angeles may be the home of Hollywood, but New York is the setting for some of the greatest iconic films of all time. From SOHO lofts to Manhattan high rises, the condos, apartments, and co-ops used as the backdrop of these films offer dramatic flair in a city known for its architecture. Here are some of the coolest homes filmed on location in NYC. Check to see if any of your favorites made our list.
Ghost (1990) – SOHO
Arguably one of the most romantic movies of all time, Ghost was a sleeper hit that made Demi Moore the highest paid actress of the 1990s. Playing the part of Molly, she shared her spacious SOHO condominium with Sam, played by Patrick Swayze. Located in the heart of SOHO at 102 Prince Street, the third-floor apartment recently sold for nearly $10 million.
Big (1988) – Manhattan
Tom Hanks played Josh, a boy who grows up overnight in the 1980s comedy, Big. After landing a job at a toy company, Josh moves into a corner unit loft-style apartment at 83 Grand Street in Manhattan. Josh and childhood friend, Billy, toss water balloons from the building’s fire escape and Hanks skateboards his way through the apartment in several funny scenes. While we can’t endorse skateboarding indoors, or throwing anything at commuters, you can check out several film locations throughout Manhattan.
Three Days of the Condor (1975) – Brooklyn Heights
Robert Redford hides out in Faye Dunaway’s Brooklyn apartment in the suspense thriller, Three Days of the Condor. Filmed at 9 Cranberry Street, a sleepy, tree-lined street in Brooklyn Heights, the scene culminates in a tense shootout between Redford and an assassin posing as a mailman. While the majority of the filming took place in Manhattan, Redford and Dunaway’s chemistry together make this Brooklyn location iconic and memorable.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) – Sutton Place
Sutton Place must have something about it that the bad boys of Wall Street like. Just blocks from Gordon Gekko’s fictitious apartment, Leonardo DiCaprio called the Milan Condominium home at 300 East 55th Street in The Wolf of Wall Street. The dark yet hysterical scene culminates with DiCaprio’s character and friends, hanging his butler from the penthouse balcony after interrogating him over stolen money. The 3-bedroom condominium was recently on the market for $6.5 million.
Ghostbusters (1984) – Upper West Side
As a co-op on Central Park in Manhattan at 55 Central Park West, only the exterior was used during filming for the hit movie, Ghostbusters. Home to Sigourney Weaver’s character and the epic finale with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, the 1930s art deco building is now referred to as “Spook Central.” While the Hook & Ladder Firehouse in Tribeca is more recognizable, Ghostbusters fans will delight in the charm of this Upper West Side building.
There are countless iconic locations to see in New York. But if you’re a movie buff, these are some of our favorite places to get a closer look at NYC’s prime real estate.