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How Well Do You Know NYC Landmarks? (Movie Edition)

What was the first musical film shot on location in New York City? It features scenes at individual landmarks including Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Empire State Building.
 
Film still via IMDB
West Side Story
Annie
On The Town
Godspell
 
The 1949 movie On The Town, starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Betty Garrett and Ann Miller, with music composed by Leonard Bernstein, was the first musical film made on location in New York City.
 
The 1949 movie On The Town, starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Betty Garrett and Ann Miller, with music composed by Leonard Bernstein, was the first musical film made on location in New York City.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993), like the film it takes inspiration from, An Affair to Remember (1957), culminates with its characters’ rendezvous above the City at which New York City landmark?
 
Rockefeller Center, "Top of the Rock"
Empire State Building, Observation Deck
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rooftop Terrace
Central Park, Belvedere Castle
 
In An Affair to Remember, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr’s characters were meant to meet on the observation deck of the Empire State Building. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan’s characters meet there in the final sequence of Sleepless in Seattle (although, fun fact, the well-known scene was shot in a warehouse replica of the observation deck). The Art Deco Empire State Building is an iconic feature of the New York City skyline and appears in over 250 movies.
 
In An Affair to Remember, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr’s characters were meant to meet on the observation deck of the Empire State Building. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan’s characters meet there in the final sequence of Sleepless in Seattle (although, fun fact, the well-known scene was shot in a warehouse replica of the observation deck). The Art Deco Empire State Building is an iconic feature of the New York City skyline and appears in over 250 movies.
Which individual landmark was destroyed after Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, a.k.a. Agents K and J, shoot down a flying saucer over Shea Stadium in Men in Black?
 
Movie poster via IMDB
Unisphere
TWA Flight Center
Brooklyn Bridge
Empire State Building
 
The Unisphere and its surrounding reflecting pool, designated an individual landmark in 1995, was the centerpiece and visual logo of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, symbolizing the theme of “Peace Through Understanding.” It was commissioned to celebrate the dawn of the space age and designed by landscape architect Gilmore D. Clarke.
 
The Unisphere and its surrounding reflecting pool, designated an individual landmark in 1995, was the centerpiece and visual logo of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, symbolizing the theme of “Peace Through Understanding.” It was commissioned to celebrate the dawn of the space age and designed by landscape architect Gilmore D. Clarke.
What 2005 film, primarily shot in the Park Slope Historic District, is named for the massive diorama featuring sea creatures at the American Museum of Natural History, an individual and interior landmark?
 
Park Slope Historic District via Wikimedia Commons user Mikeruggy
A Fish Called Wanda
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Squid and the Whale
Sharknado
 
Written and directed by Noah Baumbach, The Squid and the Whale follows the dysfunctional, often hilarious, antics of a Brooklyn family that lives in a late-19th century, Italianate-style brownstone on 6th Avenue in the Park Slope Historic District. The title of the movie references the large sperm whale and giant squid exhibit at the landmark American Museum of Natural History, which makes a lasting impression on the film’s teenage protagonist.
 
Written and directed by Noah Baumbach, The Squid and the Whale follows the dysfunctional, often hilarious, antics of a Brooklyn family that lives in a late-19th century, Italianate-style brownstone on 6th Avenue in the Park Slope Historic District. The title of the movie references the large sperm whale and giant squid exhibit at the landmark American Museum of Natural History, which makes a lasting impression on the film’s teenage protagonist.
What 1987 top-grossing comedy featured the Prasada, at 50 Central Park West in the Upper West Side-Central Park West Historic District, as the home of a trio of bachelors with surprising new responsibilities? They also spend time in Central Park, a designated scenic landmark.
 
Image of The Prasada via Wikimedia Commons user Fbv65edel
Bringing Up Baby
Three Men and a Baby
Life with Father
Three Men and a Cradle
 
Three Men and a Baby was directed by Leonard Nimoy and featured Tom Selleck (Peter Mitchell, an architect), Steve Guttenberg (Michael Kellam, a cartoonist), and Ted Danson (Jack Holden, an actor) as the three confirmed bachelors who suddenly find themselves in the role of fathers when Jack’s daughter by a former girlfriend is delivered to their apartment in the Prasada. The movie was based on Three Men and a Cradle (Trois hommes et un couffin), a 1985 French film. Three Men and a Baby won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Motion Picture in 1988.
 
Three Men and a Baby was directed by Leonard Nimoy and featured Tom Selleck (Peter Mitchell, an architect), Steve Guttenberg (Michael Kellam, a cartoonist), and Ted Danson (Jack Holden, an actor) as the three confirmed bachelors who suddenly find themselves in the role of fathers when Jack’s daughter by a former girlfriend is delivered to their apartment in the Prasada. The movie was based on Three Men and a Cradle (Trois hommes et un couffin), a 1985 French film. Three Men and a Baby won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Motion Picture in 1988.
The 1979 cult classic The Warriors follows a street gang searching for redemption from the Bronx to what scenic landmark in Brooklyn?
 
Film still via warriorsmovie.co.uk
Coney Island (Riegelmann) Boardwalk
Eastern Parkway
Prospect Park
Ocean Parkway
 
Coney Island (Riegelmann) Boardwalk was designated a scenic landmark in 2018. Spanning 2.7 miles of beachfront in Coney Island and Brighton Beach, the boardwalk opened in 1923, allowing people of all economic, social, and ethnic backgrounds free access to the beach. The iconic boardwalk continues to provide a significant public space and destination for New Yorkers and visitors, and has appeared in numerous films, music videos, and television shows throughout its history.
 
Coney Island (Riegelmann) Boardwalk was designated a scenic landmark in 2018. Spanning 2.7 miles of beachfront in Coney Island and Brighton Beach, the boardwalk opened in 1923, allowing people of all economic, social, and ethnic backgrounds free access to the beach. The iconic boardwalk continues to provide a significant public space and destination for New Yorkers and visitors, and has appeared in numerous films, music videos, and television shows throughout its history.
Many of director Spike Lee's films feature New York City neighborhoods and landmarks, highlighting life in Brooklyn in particular and exploring race relations. In which historic district was his first feature film, She's Gotta Have It, set and filmed?
 
Movie poster via IMDB
Bedford Stuyvesant/Expanded Stuyvesant Heights Historic District
Fort Greene Historic District
Clinton Hill Historic District
Crown Heights North Historic District
 
She’s Gotta Have It, written, directed, and produced by Spike Lee and featuring him in a supporting role, takes place in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and in particular Fort Greene Park, and drew attention to the neighborhood. Fort Greene was designated a historic district in 1978.
 
She’s Gotta Have It, written, directed, and produced by Spike Lee and featuring him in a supporting role, takes place in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and in particular Fort Greene Park, and drew attention to the neighborhood. Fort Greene was designated a historic district in 1978.
This madcap 1928 silent classic culminates in a wild trolley ride through Lower Manhattan taking in landmarks including the Brooklyn Bridge, Washington Square Park, Standard Oil Building, International Mercantile Marine Company Building, Custom House, and Whitehall Building. What is it?
 
Film still via IMDB
Safety Last!
Horse Feathers
Speedy
The General
 
Speedy stars Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Babe Ruth, King Tut, and a hat-wearing horse in a desperate effort to save New York City’s last horse-drawn streetcar line. “King Tut” was a famous canine actor of his day.
 
Speedy stars Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Babe Ruth, King Tut, and a hat-wearing horse in a desperate effort to save New York City’s last horse-drawn streetcar line. “King Tut” was a famous canine actor of his day.
In Steven Spielberg’s hit movie Catch Me if You Can, Frank Abagnale Jr., played by Leonardo Dicaprio, is a young con man who manages to evade the FBI by impersonating a pilot. What space-age New York City individual and interior landmark did Frank frequently visit in the film?
 
Movie poster via Dreamworks
Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight Center
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
Seagram Building and Four Seasons Restaurant
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
 
Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight Center at NY International Airport was designed by Ereo Saarrinen and Associates between 1956 and 1962 and designated a NYC individual landmark and interior landmark in 1994. The intersecting vaults, skylights, broad expanses of windows walls, and daring curving concrete roof created one of the most iconic and expressive buildings in New York City.
 
Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight Center at NY International Airport was designed by Ereo Saarrinen and Associates between 1956 and 1962 and designated a NYC individual landmark and interior landmark in 1994. The intersecting vaults, skylights, broad expanses of windows walls, and daring curving concrete roof created one of the most iconic and expressive buildings in New York City.
Which of these courthouses, designated individual and interior landmarks, was the site of dramatic courtroom and deliberation scenes in such films as Miracle on 34th Street (1947), The Godfather (1970), Wall Street (1987), Goodfellas (1990), Carlito’s Way (1993), and 12 Angry Men (1957, all but three minutes of which took place inside its Jury Room)?
 
Film still via IMDB
Surrogate's Court (Hall of Records)
Tweed Courthouse
New York County Courthouse
Appellate Division Courthouse, New York State Supreme Court
 
The 1912 New York County Courthouse houses the Civil and Criminal Terms of the New York State Supreme Court for New York's First Judicial District (Manhattan) and the offices of the New York County Clerk. It also appears in numerous television series, among them “Law & Order”, “Night Court”, “Cagney & Lacey”, and “Kojak”. 
 
The 1912 New York County Courthouse houses the Civil and Criminal Terms of the New York State Supreme Court for New York's First Judicial District (Manhattan) and the offices of the New York County Clerk. It also appears in numerous television series, among them “Law & Order”, “Night Court”, “Cagney & Lacey”, and “Kojak”. 
What New York City landmark contains a 10th-century structure that was the backdrop for the scene in which Harry memorably said, “Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash, but I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie,” in the film When Harry Met Sally?
 
Movie poster via IMDB
Brooklyn Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Frick Collection
The Cloisters
 
The Metropolitan Museum’s Temple of Dendur was a gift from Egypt to the United States in the 1960s. It was moved from its original location to preserve it when the construction of the Aswan High Dam flooded the ancient settlement of Dendur. The structure, from the 1st century B.C.E., may be the oldest backdrop for films made in New York City.
 
Have a virtual walk around the temple: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10153607383692635
 
The Metropolitan Museum’s Temple of Dendur was a gift from Egypt to the United States in the 1960s. It was moved from its original location to preserve it when the construction of the Aswan High Dam flooded the ancient settlement of Dendur. The structure, from the 1st century B.C.E., may be the oldest backdrop for films made in New York City.
 
Have a virtual walk around the temple: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10153607383692635
What iconic public space and New York City interior landmark has been featured in such films as North by Northwest, Midnight Run, The Cotton Club, The Fisher King, and Madagascar, and was damaged during the 2012 Marvel movie The Avengers?
 
Film still via IMDB
New York Public Library, Rose Main Reading Room
Grand Central Terminal, Grand Concourse
Empire State Building, Entrance Hall
American Museum of Natural History
 
In its physical, animated, or recreated form, the interior of Grand Central Terminal has been the memorable setting of scenes in many iconic films. Though not filmed there, Lex Luthor’s underground lair is set far beneath Grand Central Terminal in the original Superman: The Movie. The Grand Concourse was a scene of dramatic destruction in the final battle scene of The Avengers in 2012. The building’s Beaux Arts style exterior also sustained damage in the battle, along with the neighboring New York Central Building, scenes difficult for those who love New York City landmarks to witness!
 
In its physical, animated, or recreated form, the interior of Grand Central Terminal has been the memorable setting of scenes in many iconic films. Though not filmed there, Lex Luthor’s underground lair is set far beneath Grand Central Terminal in the original Superman: The Movie. The Grand Concourse was a scene of dramatic destruction in the final battle scene of The Avengers in 2012. The building’s Beaux Arts style exterior also sustained damage in the battle, along with the neighboring New York Central Building, scenes difficult for those who love New York City landmarks to witness!
This 1987 movie centers on an Italian-American family living in this brick house near the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights, New York City’s first historic district.  Of its many memorable New York City scenes, one of the most iconic shows the lead character kicking a can down the street, with the Manhattan skyline in the background. What is the movie?
 
Image via LPC
The Godfather, Part I
Motherless Brooklyn
Moonstruck
Do the Right Thing
 
In Moonstruck, starring Cher, Nicolas Cage, and Olympia Dukakis, Cher’s character lives with her family in a pre-Civil War house in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, the first historic district designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The house at 19 Cranberry Street is sometimes referred to as the Moonstruck House in real estate advertisements. Other scenes take place in Manhattan's West Village and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  
 
In Moonstruck, starring Cher, Nicolas Cage, and Olympia Dukakis, Cher’s character lives with her family in a pre-Civil War house in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, the first historic district designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The house at 19 Cranberry Street is sometimes referred to as the Moonstruck House in real estate advertisements. Other scenes take place in Manhattan's West Village and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  
Based on Lee Israel’s memoir of the same name, the 2018 film Can You Ever Forgive Me?, with Oscar-nominated performances by Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant, was filmed in locations across New York City. Several crucial scenes took place in which famed Greenwich Village Historic District gay bar, where Israel was a regular, and that on April 21, 1966 was the location of the “Sip-In” protest?
 
Film still via IMDB
Stonewall Inn
Julius' Bar
White Horse Tavern
Corner Bistro
 
Julius’ Bar, located on the corner of Waverly Place and West 10th Street, in the Greenwich Village Historic District. In 1966, the Mattachine Society, one of the country’s earliest gay rights organizations, organized the “Sip-in,” at which they were refused service after intentionally revealing they were “homosexuals.” This protest was a challenge of the State Liquor Authority’s discriminatory policy of revoking the licenses of bars that served known or suspected gay men and lesbians. The Sip-in predated events at the Stonewall Inn (also located in the Greenwich Village Historic District, and designated an individual landmark).
 
 
 
Julius’ Bar, located on the corner of Waverly Place and West 10th Street, in the Greenwich Village Historic District. In 1966, the Mattachine Society, one of the country’s earliest gay rights organizations, organized the “Sip-in,” at which they were refused service after intentionally revealing they were “homosexuals.” This protest was a challenge of the State Liquor Authority’s discriminatory policy of revoking the licenses of bars that served known or suspected gay men and lesbians. The Sip-in predated events at the Stonewall Inn (also located in the Greenwich Village Historic District, and designated an individual landmark).
 
 
What 1984 comedy filmed in New York City contains key scenes in all four types of landmarks: individual landmarks, interior landmarks, historic districts, and scenic landmarks? Hint: It begins in a beloved civic monument that is an individual landmark containing two interior landmarks (New York Public Library), features the homes and offices of key characters in historic districts (Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District and Tribeca West Historic District,) a chase through a scenic landmark (Central Park), and the City narrowly avoids total annihilation by a giant advertising mascot.
 
Image of NYPL Main Reading Room via LPC 
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Godzilla
Ghostbusters
The Day After Tomorrow
 
Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! The 1984 comedy starring Bill Murray, Dan Ackyroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts, begins with a terrifying encounter with a ghost in the New York Public Library, where the main characters walk through the interior landmark Rose Main Reading Room. Establishing themselves as the Ghostbusters, they set up shop in an abandoned firehouse, Hook & Ladder Company No. 8 on North Moore Street in the Tribeca West Historic District, and fight Gozer, the god of destruction, on the (exaggerated) rooftop of 55 Central Park West in the Upper West Side/Central Park Historic District, where Sigourney Weaver and her neighbor, Rick Moranis, become the “Gatekeeper” and the “Keymaster"; Rick Moranis is chased through Central Park, a scenic landmark across the street, the Ghostbusters and NYPD depart from the arch at the base of the Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street, an individual landmark and home of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and the movie culminates with the defeat of the demonically-possessed “Stay Puft Marshmallow Man”.
 
 
 
Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! The 1984 comedy starring Bill Murray, Dan Ackyroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts, begins with a terrifying encounter with a ghost in the New York Public Library, where the main characters walk through the interior landmark Rose Main Reading Room. Establishing themselves as the Ghostbusters, they set up shop in an abandoned firehouse, Hook & Ladder Company No. 8 on North Moore Street in the Tribeca West Historic District, and fight Gozer, the god of destruction, on the (exaggerated) rooftop of 55 Central Park West in the Upper West Side/Central Park Historic District, where Sigourney Weaver and her neighbor, Rick Moranis, become the “Gatekeeper” and the “Keymaster"; Rick Moranis is chased through Central Park, a scenic landmark across the street, the Ghostbusters and NYPD depart from the arch at the base of the Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street, an individual landmark and home of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and the movie culminates with the defeat of the demonically-possessed “Stay Puft Marshmallow Man”.
 
 
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