New York has played a leading role in film and television for as long as I can remember. From sitcoms to RomComs, and action adventure to suspense, the Big Apple acts as a fabulous backdrop. When you read these 12 famous NYC addresses, you’ll more than likely remember the characters and stories that go along with them.
The Ansonia, 2109 Broadway, Upper West Side
Recognized as an excellent example of Beaux Arts architecture, this iconic Upper West Side historic condo building is the setting for the 1992 horror film Single White Female starring Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The Ansonia was also the setting for the short-lived series 666 Park Avenue.
66 Perry Street, West Village
Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment in Sex and the City is supposed to be on the Upper East Side, but her studio’s real address is in Manhattan’s West Village. If only every writer could afford an apartment as spacious as this.
169 E 71st St, Lenox Hill
This address made history in the Audrey Hepburn classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Her character Holly Golightly shares the walk-up with an adorable feline, which she refers to as “Cat, a no-name slob.”
36 Fuller Place, Brooklyn
Peter Parker’s home in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is located in the Windsor Terrace Neighborhood. The modest four-bedroom, two-bath townhouse with approximately 1450 square feet sold for more than $1 million in 2009.
The Dakota, 1 W 72nd St, Upper West Side
Rosemary’s Baby was filmed in the historic and haunting apartment building, which is a hop, skip and jump from Central Park. The legendary 1884 co-op offers large units with high ceilings and expansive park views. Also, the Dakota is recognizable because the late John Lennon lived here.
Fifth Ave at 87th St, Upper East Side
The prestigious Fifth Avenue address is most remembered for the hilarious First Wives Club “going down” scene when Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Diane Keaton descend from the building on a window washer’s lift. Somehow, the raucous trio manages to escape unscathed, and the hysteria continues.
221 79th St, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Saturday Night Fever’s disco king lives in this Brooklyn home with his boisterous Italian family. John Travolta plays Tony Manero, a dancing divo in the 1970s hit. This home in Bay Ridge still stands, and I believe Manero’s hair is still intact.
328 West 89th St, Upper West Side
Played by actress Met Ryan, sweet character Kathleen Kelly lives in the feminine, classic brownstone flat, in You’ve Got Mail. Love interest Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) visits while she’s ailing with a cold, and eventually woos the young writer even though his family-owned bookstore is responsible for the demise of her indie ‘Shop Around the Corner.’
8 Montague Terrace, Brooklyn Heights
This lovely Brooklyn townhome is the pad of Kate Armstrong (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a chef who inherits her niece Zoe, (a young Abigail Breslin) in the film No Reservations. Aaron Eckhart plays her rival and the film’s love interest simultaneously, and the two share a few charismatic scenes at the Montague address.
41 Charlton Street and Sixth Ave, SoHo
One of the most charming streets in the neighborhood, this is the home of Winnie Gekko, (Carrie Mulligan) daughter of finance shark Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Built in 1899, according to Trulia.com, the three-unit building last sold for $2.7 million in 1999.
Grove and Bedford Streets, West Village
Everyone remembers the façade shot of Monica’s apartment in the cult classic Friends, which aired for ten seasons. Monica inherited the digs from grandma, which in real-life New York would be the only way a chef and her roommate could afford to live in a sprawling apartment in the Village.
- 1 The Ansonia, 2109 Broadway, Upper West Side
- 2 66 Perry Street, West Village
- 3 169 E 71st St, Lenox Hill
- 4 36 Fuller Place, Brooklyn
- 5 The Dakota, 1 W 72nd St, Upper West Side
- 6 Fifth Ave at 87th St, Upper East Side
- 7 221 79th St, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
- 8 328 West 89th St, Upper West Side
- 9 8 Montague Terrace, Brooklyn Heights
- 10 41 Charlton Street and Sixth Ave, SoHo
- 11 Grove and Bedford Streets, West Village