New York Film Locations




New York Film Location Books

On the Set of New York.com presents a collection of books that feature an array of film locations in New York City. From simple pocket-sized tour guides with detailed map locations to hard back books with high quality photography including rare and unseen scene promotional shots, this section reviews and gives a rating for the publications based on content, photography and price.







Title: Scenes from the City(Revised and Expanded)
Author: James Sanders
Hardcover: 336 pages
Published: 2014



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Title: On Location NYC
Author: Alex Child
Hardcover: 160 pages
Published: 2013

On Location NYC goes behind the scenes of your favorite films and TV show with a guide to New York City's most famous on-screen locations. This book shows you where to go with then-and-now photos from these famous films to today. From Ghostbusters and The Godfather to Sex and the City, discover 50 must-see landmarks from the big and small screens.

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Title: World Film Locations: New York
Author: Scott Jordan Harris
Paperback: 128 pages
Published: 2011

World Film Locations: New York focuses on quintessential New York filmmakers like Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and those of the Beat movement are presented alongside others on key features of the New York landscape and role of the city in the imaginations of filmmakers and viewers.

Over 45 reviews of location specific scenes from films made and set in New York present a varied and thought provoking collage of the city onscreen. The book is illustrated throughout with evocative, scene-specific screengrabs, stills of filming locations as they appear now and city maps that include location information for those keen to follow the ‘cinematic trail’ of this most photographed city.

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Title: New York, Portrait of a City
Author: Reuel Golden
Hardback: 572 pages
Published: 2010

This book presents the epic story of New York in photographs, photo-portraits, maps, and aerial views - nearly 600 pages of emotional, atmospheric images, from the mid-19th century to the present day. Supplementing this treasure trove of images are hundreds of quotations and references from relevant books, movies, shows and songs. The city's fluctuating fortunes are all represented, from the wild nights of the Jazz Age and the hedonistic disco era, to the grim days of the Depression and the devastation of 9/11 and its aftermath, as its broken-hearted but unbowed citizens picked up the pieces.

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Title: Scenes from the City: Filmmaking in New York
Author: James Sanders
Hardcover: 288 pages
Published: 2006

Beginning with a survey of such classics as Breakfast at Tiffany's, Scenes from the City captures how the changing face of New York, as well as the founding of the MOFTB, have contributed to a particular school of film characterized most emphatically in the street-style work of directors as diverse as Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee. With over 200 stills and contributions from noted New York film personalities such as Sidney Lumet and Nora Ephron, the book also includes rare, unpublished, behind-the-scenes shots and stories from the quintessential New York filmmaker himself—Woody Allen. With a special section on the landmark TV series, commercials and music videos filmed in New York.

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Title: New York: The Movie Lover's Guide: The Ultimate Insider Tour of Movie New York
Author: Richard Alleman
Paperback: 528 pages
Published: 2005

The New York Movie Lover's Guide contains 528 pages detailing classic films to New York television shows. From Marilyn Monroe’s infamous Seven Year Itch subway grating to the deli where Meg Ryan famously faked an orgasm in When Harry Met Sally, from the diner where Courteney Cox in the TV show Friends and Kirsten Dunst in Spider-Man waitressed to the Men in Black’s Manhattan headquarters, from The Godfather mansion on Staten Island to the Greenwich Village apartment where Jack Nicholson terrorised Greg Kinnear in As Good as It Gets, from the Ghostbusters’ Tribeca firehouse to Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow’s A Perfect Murder palazzo, and from the landmark West Side building that housed Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky and Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby to the Greenwich Village apartment of Friends.

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Title: Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies
Author: James Sanders
Paperback: 498 pages
Published: 2001

This fascinating exploration of the interrelationship between the city of New York as an urban center and its portrayal throughout the history of moviemaking is filled with perceptive insight and thoughtful analysis.

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Title: Manhattan on Film: Walking Tours of Hollywood's Fabled Front Lot
Author: Chuck Katz
Paperback: 332 pages
Published: 2000 (Released in 2005)

This special guide to the Big Apple takes the reader on fourteen walking tours of Manhattan's most memorable film locations. From Katz's Deli (Meg Ryan in "When Harry Met Sally") to the Dakota apartment building where Rosemary's Baby slept (and real-life Beatle John Lennon lived), to St Bartholomew's Church where Arthur left his bride at the altar, here you will find key sites from no less than 75 years of moviemaking.

For movie-loving visitors to NYC, this guide is an invitation to relive unforgettable film moments and to discover the city in a new way. The tours cover almost every part of Manhattan. Each includes its own street map and directions, as well as photos from movies shot along its route. An index of films covered in the book allows readers to quickly look up their favourite movies.

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