New York Film Locations

It Could Happen to You (1994)

Charlie Lang (Nicolas Cage), a New York cop with a heart of gold, wins a share of the lottery. However, the day before, having been caught without enough money to tip Yvonne (Bridget Fonda) the waitress, Charlie offers her half the winnings. Charlie's wife, Muriel (Rosie Perez), is the complete opposite of her husband. She wants more and more money, and she's not impressed by Charlie's honest and kind nature. As Charlie and Muriel grow apart, Charlie and Yvonne grow closer together.

otsoNY Comments: In the summer of 1994, Tribeca residents were startled to see two historic buildings suddenly appear on an empty lot at the corner of West Broadway and North Moore Street. The two structures, which included an early 19th century Federal style rowhouse, its first floor converted into a 1950's coffee shop were in fact an elaborated set created by the production team working on "It Could Happen You". The set was also used for interior shots as it was filled with convincing details, down to the attractively priced menu of specials on the wall. A few weeks later, they came down as fast as they had gone up.

Coffee Shop, North Moore Street and West Broadway, Manhattan.
  The coffee shop was never a real shop but a set design.  

Bethesda Terrace, (Mid-Park at 72nd Street) Central Park, Manhattan.
  Bethesda Terrace has two levels. The upper terrace flanks the 72nd Street Cross Drive and the lower terrace provides a podium for viewing the Lake. The fountain is the central feature on the lower level of the terrace.  

Boating Lake, Central Park, Manhattan.

The Plaza Hotel, 750 5th Avenue and Central Park South, Manhattan.
  The Plaza Hotel in New York City is a landmark 20-story luxury hotel that occupies the west side of Grand Army Plaza, from which it derives its name.

Website: Official Plaza Hotel website

New York County Supreme Court, 60 Centre Street, Financial, Manhattan.
  The Supreme Court has appeared in Wall Street, The Bounty Hunter, What Happens in Vegas and It Could Happen to You.

Website: Official Supreme Court website

New York Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the State of New York is New York State's trial court, and is of general jurisdiction. There is a supreme court in each of New York State's 62 counties, although some smaller counties share judges with neighboring counties. All but the most populous counties are grouped into judicial districts from which the justices are elected, with unwritten agreements allotting the judgeships among the counties of the district. In most states and in the U.S. federal court system, "supreme court" is the name of the highest court in the state. However, the New York Supreme Court is primarily a trial court, roughly equivalent to the "district courts", "superior courts," or "circuit courts" of other states. The highest court in New York State is called the "Court of Appeals." This is a historical hold-over in terminology: see the former Supreme Court of Judicature in England and Wales and the extant Supreme Court of British Columbia.


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