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12 places to feel like a star: locations of famous NYC movies

Whether your a visitor or a local, it's always fun to see a place (or a person!) you recognize from a favorite film.  Some of us like the nostalgia that comes by walking near a location featured in a famous scene, while others are ready to Instagram themselves re-enacting a canonical proposal. Regardless of what you want to do in your Hollywood dreams, here's a list of some iconic NYC movie spots.  
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John's Pizzeria

Not to ruin an iconic NYC movie with a spoiler, but an iconic moment in Woody Allen's "Manhattan" happens here. The pizzeria also features tons of pictures of celebrities who have visited the restaurant, which only sells their famous cheesy creations by the pie (no slices!)....

Columbia University

Different buildings of this Ivy League school have been featured in several Hollywood Films. The rotunda at Low Library was an important place for plotting during "Ghostbusters" and "Spiderman" also filmed some scenes on campus. The new release "Kill Your Darlings" which tells the story of Alan...

Cafe Lalo

"The cafe Europeans would love to have in Europe" is offset on a quiet and romantic block on the Upper West Side, and is most recognized from a date night in "You've Got Mail." Not just a tourist trap, this cafe is popular among locals, as its open until 2am, and serves fresh, reasonably priced, and tasty...

FAO Schwarz

This huge toy store has been featured in several films, but perhaps the most memorable is "Big" in which Tom Hanks plays a child in an adult's body, ready to mess around and have some fun in NYC.

Tiffany & Co. New York - Fifth Avenue

Many young girls fall in love with NYC upon watching the Audrey Hepburn film "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Though this iconic jewelry store doesn't feature a restaurant or any type of early morning meal, plenty of women (and men) are seen posing outside the window just like Hepburn herself....

New York Public Library

While many, many things have been filmed here, one of the most iconic is "Sex and the City: The Movie". Carrie Bradshaw dreamed of being wed to Mr. Big here, among the words of great romance writers, and has a famous meltdown on the stairs when her groom fails to show up. The NYPL gives free tours of the...

Katz's Deli

Many refer to this restaurant as the place where "Harry met Sally" which isn't exactly accurate. This is actually the eatery in which Sally "faked it" at the table for Harry, and infamous scene that ends in "I'll have what she's having." So have what she's having (a pastrami sandwich) and go sit at the...

Bethesda Fountain

This beautiful fountain in Central Park overlooks a pond and is enjoyable at all seasons. Many will remember an iconic song and dance scene "That's How You Know" from Disney's "Enchanted" taking place here-- and there's always local music happening nearby to recreate that movie memory in some...

Times Square

So pretty much any movie that's been about a trip to NYC has filmed a scene here, but some are more iconic than others. "Taxi Driver" for instance, has some climactic action between all the traffic and lights that make up Times Square. Walk around in the early hours of the morning, when tourism more or...

American Museum of Natural History

Though the exhibits may not truly come alive here, this museum was the main set for "Night at the Museum". Look through the exhibits and recall scenes from the action-adventure movie, or just enjoy experiencing a nature in the big city.