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On the Set of New York (otsoNY) is a website purely dedicated to showcasing movies that have been filmed in the state of New York. otsoNY is a non-profit making website. If any items featured on the website are considered to be copyright material, we apologise in advance. Please contact us and they will be removed immediately. The website has been set up for entertainment purposes only. This is not a business website. All images that are featured on the website are either owned by us or already in the public domain.

How it all began...

Work originally began on the website project in February 2009. Detailed street maps were assembled and the island of Manhattan was segregated into five sections; Lower Manhattan, Midtown Manhattan, Central Park, Upper East Side and Upper West Side. In June of the same year, a 10 day visit to New York produced 21 hours of video footage and over six thousand photographs. In the months that followed, the design and name of the website was chosen and content was added to the pages. The original menu navigation was thought to be too complex for a website that had limited content and so a single line of options was settled upon. In November 2009, On the Set of New, also known as OTSONY was launched online.

With competition fierce, it quickly became obvious that if OTSONY wanted to be recognised by the popular search engines, then a great deal of work would need to be done and in the months that followed, more film titles were added as well as additional features such a picture gallery and chart detailing 40 of the most used locations. Gradually the visitor hit count increased and the domain name began appearing on many of the search engine front pages.

Reaching a milstone...

On the eve of the 500th film title being added to the website, another 10 day trip to New York was planned for June 2011, which resulted in over 23,000 photographs being taken and additional picture galleries added. In November, two years after the launch of OTSONY yet another milestone was reached with “The Possession of Joel Delaney” becoming the 600th film title to be added. In the months that followed, additional features were added such as a News section, which provided a useful way to give reference to forthcoming films, reviews, movie trailers and general announcements; a Book Review section for evaluating published New York film location books; a Home on Screen section detailing an array of fictional character’s homes; a list of the Greatest NYC Film Scenes from such classics as the 1955 Marilyn Monroe film, “The Seven Year Itch” to more recent films such as “Vanilla Sky” and the deserted Times Square sequence; a Studio 54 section showcasing the famous New York nightclub as it was in the late 1970s when celebrities would flock to the venue on West 54th Street and how it looks today; a Superhero section giving reference to America comic books with characters such as Peter Parker, alias the Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America and the Fantastic Four. And as the year came to an end, a top 10 chart of New York Christmas films was posted online.

In 2012 another milestone was reached with the posting of the 700th film title, “The Gumball Rally” was posted. In the following year, another two milestones were reached with the 800th film title, "The Hot Rock" and a short time afterwards, "Now You See Me" became the 900th film to be posted. In the space of 5 years, OTSONY had become the most successful online New York based film location website. It hosted more film titles than any other online source and in 2014 it posted The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as its 1000th film.

Since then, updates have continued to flow and there have been several celebrated milestones.

Special thanks...

There has been much involvement from third-parties and the editor of OTSONY would like to personally thank everyone who has contributed information and photographs: Bjoern (Mitt New York), Pookie Adama, Justin Hunt, Terry Van Dyne, Gary Gabrielle, Ben Saddington, Ivan Marcos, Edward Crimmins, Jeff Blakeslee, Mark Phillip, Owen (Big Dave311), Brian Mallott, Daniel Thorp, Dottie McGee, Marc Wallace, Ethan Robey, George Thurston, Paul Tatara, Brad Hohle, Lindsay Blake, James Taylor, Jennifer Von Holstein, Jill Seabrook, Lillian Jones, Mike (MovieShotsLA), Linda Polverari, Martin Matsil, Mitch Merberg, Nadine Silva, Mark Nessie, Larry Intenzo, Patricia Antista, Laura Marchou, William James, Christopher Moloney and James Sanders.

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