New York Film Locations

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) meet when she gives him a ride to New York after they both graduate from the University of Chicago. The film jumps through their lives as they both search for love, but fail, bumping into each other time and time again. Finally a close friendship blooms btw them, and they both like having a friend of the opposite sex. But then they are confronted with the problem: "Can a man and a woman be friends, without sex getting in the way?"

George Washington Bridge, Hudson River, New York.
  The George Washington Bridge known informally as the GW Bridge is a double-decked suspension bridge spanning the Hudson River, connecting the Washington Heights neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City to Fort Lee, New Jersey, in the United States.  

Washington Square North and 5th Avenue, Manhattan.

Terminal 7, JFK International Airport, Queens.

Loeb Boathouse, Central Park (btw 74th and 75th Street) Manhattan.

Loeb Boathouse

The Loeb Boathouse, one of the most famous icons of Central Park is located at the northeastern tip of the Lake and houses the Boathouse Restaurant. It is a romantic setting for dinner on a mid-summer’s evening, watching the sun sink behind the trees and maybe catching a gondola slowly poling past.

Around 1874, Calvert Vaux designed a two-story boathouse at the eastern end of the Lake. About the new Boathouse Vaux said: “In order to compensate for the interruption of the view from the walk, and better accommodate those who should wish to wait in the vicinity, the roof was made a deck to be covered with awnings furnished with seats.” The original structure served nobly for eighty years until the 1950’s, by which time it was so run down that it had to be demolished. The current Boathouse took its place in 1954 and was largely financed with a gift from investment banker Carl Loeb.

Today the Boathouse features year round dining, with overhead heating helping to compensate for the chilly winds of winter and enabling patrons to enjoy the view overlooking the lake. More informal snacks are available on the outside terrace across from the bicycle rental concession. And of course you can also rent rowboats or take a ride in an authentic Venetian gondola.

The Boathouse is also used by the dedicated group of Central Park Bird watchers who come virtually every day to record their observations of birds and other Park wildlife.

Old Giants Stadium, 50 Route 120, East Rutherford, New Jersey.
  The stadium, which the Giants shared with the Jets was demolished in 2010 and replaced by MetLife Stadium seen in the picture below.  

Bookshop, 2259 Broadway and West 81st Street, Manhattan.
  Shakespeare & Co bookshop closed in 1996.  

West 77th Street and Central Park West, Manhattan.

otsoNY Comments: Special thanks to Bob Egan for confirming this film location.

Harry's Apartment, 57 East 11th Street (btw University Place & Broadway) Manhattan.

otsoNY Comments: Special thanks to Bob Egan for confirming this film location.

Pathway (Near Bethesda Fountain) Central Park, Manhattan.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue and East 82nd Street, Manhattan.
  The Met is the largest art museum in the United States with among the most significant art collections. Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments.  

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, known colloquially as The Met, is an art museum located on the eastern edge of Central Park, along what is known as Museum Mile in New York City, USA. It has a permanent collection containing more than two million works of art, divided into nineteen curatorial departments. The main building, often referred to simply as "the Met," is one of the world's largest art galleries; there is also a much smaller second location in Upper Manhattan, at "The Cloisters," which features medieval art. Represented in the permanent collection are works of art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met also maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine and Islamic art. The museum is also home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world. A number of notable interiors, ranging from 1st century Rome through modern American design, are permanently installed in the Met's galleries. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 by a group of American citizens. The founders included businessmen and financiers, as well as leading artists and thinkers of the day, who wanted to open a museum to bring art and art education to the American people. It opened on February 20, 1872, and was originally located at 681 Fifth Avenue. As of 2007, the Met measures almost a quarter mile long and occupies more than two million square feet

otsoNY Comments: The most famous scene in the movie is where Sally Albright fakes an orgasm while sat in a New York Deli opposite Harry Burns. Katz's Deli is in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Inside the restaurant the table where Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal sat at for that scene is marked with a sign above the table.

Katz's Delicatessen, 205 East Houston Street and Ludlow Street, Manhattan.

Katz's Delicatessen

Katz's Delicatessen, also known as simply Katz's Deli, is a Jewish kosher style delicatessen on the Lower East Side of New York City, located at 205 E. Houston Street, on the south-west corner of Houston and Ludlow Streets, in Manhattan. Since its founding in 1888, it has become popular among locals and tourists alike for its pastrami sandwiches and hot dogs, both of which are widely considered among New York's best. Each week, Katz's serves 5,000 pounds of corned beef, 2,000 pounds of salami and 12,000 hot dogs.

Katz's Delicatessen Website:

West 96th Street and Broadway, Manhattan.

Cafe Luxembourg, 200 West 70th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan.

West Broadway (btw Prince Street and West Houston Street) Manhattan.

Sharper Image Store, 4 West 57th Street (btw 5th and 6th Avenues) Manhattan.
  The store has since closed down.  

Jess & Marie Brownstone, 32 West 89th Street and Central Park West, Manhattan.

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.  

5th Avenue and Grand Army Plaza (Near East 60th Street) Manhattan.

7th Floor, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street and Houston Street, Manhattan.
  The 7th floor of the Puck Building has the Skylight Ballroom.  

Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village, Manhattan.

otsoNY Comments: Although the New Years Eve party was shot at the Puck Building in Manhattan, Harry is seen entering the old Park Plaza Hotel at 607 South Park View Street, overlooking Macarthur Park in downtown Los Angeles.

Park Plaza Hotel, 607 Park View Street, Los Angeles, California.
  Entrance Only to the Park Plaza Hotel Building in LA.  

1st Floor, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street and Houston Street, Manhattan.
  The 1st floor of the Puck Building has the Grand Ballroom.  


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