New York Film Locations

Celebrity (1998)

Last Updated: Sept 2023

Lee Simon (Kenneth Branagh), unsuccessful journalist and wanna-be novelist, tries to get a foot into the door with celebrities. After divorcing his wife Robin (Judy Davis), Lee gets to meet a lot folks of the rich and / or beautiful, partly through journalism, partly because he has a script to offer. But life among those from out-of-this-world is hard, and his putative success always results in defeat. Meanwhile Robin meets a very desirable TV-producer and takes the first steps in the world of celebrities herself.

Times Square (Broadway, 7th Avenue, West 42nd and 47th Streets) Manhattan.


Boating Lake, Central Park, Manhattan.


375 Park Avenue (btw East 52nd Street and 53rd Street) Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: As you can see from the photographs, the actual house on the corner of 31st Dr and 12th Street has changed in design since the filming took place in 1998.

31st Drive and 12th Street, Long Island City, New York.


Central Park West and West 81st Street, Manhattan.


Central Park Pavilion, Central Park and 75th Street, Manhattan.


Rooftop, 401 East 60th Street (btw 1st Avenue and York Avenue) Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: This group of four buildings that comprise most of a full block east of York Avenue is one of the city's most distinguished low-rise housing enclaves. Designed by Henry Atterbury Smith, the six-story buildings have very attractive cast-iron balconies supported by curved brackets and a handsome green tile roof that projects over the facades. The facades combine terra-cotta, tan brick and stone and triple-hung windows into a richly interesting composition. Each building has a large courtyard that is entered through a Gustavino-tiled, barrel-vaulted passageway, open and balconied stairways with built-in seating at each level, and roof gardens with tiled floors and windbreaks. Originally there were 386 units in the complex, but that number has shrunk over the years as alterations have enlarged most of the small units. It was built in 1911 and sold to the City and Suburban Homes Company, which developed a similar but much less attractive and detailed project on the full block across 78th Street, in 1924. It was designated an official city landmark in 1985 converted the next year to cooperatives and renamed the Cherokee Apartments.

The Cherokee, 517 East 77th Street and York Avenue, Manhattan.


El Flamingo Nightclub, 547 West 21st Street (btw 10th and 11th Avenues) Manhattan.

As of 2023, this area has been redeveloped with many of the original buildings including the El Famingo nightclub have been demolished.


Gansevoort Street and Greenwich Street, Manhattan.


46 - 48 Gansevoort Street and Greenwich Street, Manhattan.


49 East 92nd Street (btw Madison Avenue and Park Avenue) Manhattan.


Stanhope Hotel, 995 5th Avenue and East 81st Street, Manhattan.


Elaine's Restaurant, 1703 2nd Avenue and East 88th Street, Manhattan.


Subway, Franklin Street and West Broadway, Manhattan.


85 South Street (btw Fletcher Street and John Street) Manhattan.


Pier 16 South Street Seaport, East River, Manhattan.


Barbetta Restaurant, 321 West 46th Street (btw 8th and 9th Avenues) Manhattan.


Ziegfield Theatre, 141 West 54th Street and 6th Avenue, Manhattan.



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