If you like movies or TV shows, then you already know that majority of the scenes take place in major cities such as New York City. If you’re in NYC, make sure to check out this really unique tour called the NYC TV and Movie Tour. They take you to some of the most popular spots shown in TV shows and movies such as Friends, Seinfeld, Hitch, Spider Man, I Am Legend and many more.
The tour started at 10AM and we met up at Ellen’s Stardust Diner in Midtown Manhattan. There we met our tour guide and 15 other people taking the tour. We were all led to a tour bus to start the day.
Exploring NYC based on TV and Movie Locations
The NYC TV and Movie Tour is pretty straight forward. We took the bus to our first stop which was Washington Square Park. During the ride down, the tour guide would explain the sites we would see and then show us movie or tv clips in relation to the site. For example, for Washington Square Park, he showed a clip of I Am Legend because the main character’s house is in the area. Also, the popular Washington Square Arch is in the movie. Once we got to the area, we parked the bus and visited those same locations mentioned above.Here is a fun fact; it costs about $300 to just acquire a film permit. Usually there are colorful flyers posted on poles days before a shoot to notify the area that parking will be prohibited and that sidewalks need to be cleared out.
Friends – Arguably The Most Popular TV Show
The people that participated on the tour came from different parts of the world. We had tourists from Germany, France, Australia and New Zealand. Obviously, different countries have different cultures, but one thing we all had in common was that the TV Series, Friends, was and probably still is a show that we still watch. On this tour, we visited the apartment that the TV show would feature to set certain scenes in the show. Only the exterior of the apartment was filmed in New York. The interior was actually filmed in a studio over 3,000 miles away in Los Angeles. Check out the pictures above!
Other Sites and Locations
Other places we visited was a fire department featured in Hitch and Ghostbusters. We also saw the outside of the apartment where Will Smith’s character in Hitch lived. We also drove by a diner featured in Men in Black. For the movie and TV lovers, this is definitely a tour to take. It’s pretty cool to see locations that you see in movies. If you’d like to take the NYC TV and Movie Tour, please book it by using the button below.
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