The 4 best places to film a movie in New York

Written by Sam GeigerApril 1, 2021

New York City has been the location of many of Hollywood history’s biggest moments: King Kong hanging from the Empire State Building, Robert De Niro driving a cab through dark NYC streets, Spike Lee serving up pizzas in Brooklyn. The city’s architectural landmarks and historic streets continue to be some of the most popular sites around the world for shooting film.

Whether you are a fan of action movies, chick flicks, Holiday movies, or comedies, chances are one of your beloved films was shot in New York. Many of the places, like Times Square and Grand Central Terminal we took off the list because they are so popular and such amazing filming locations that they hosted a number of movie sets, we figured you are already well aware of these places.

Did your favorite New York movie location make the cut? Read on to learn about 4 of the most iconic movie locations in New York City!

Verrazano Bridge

If you are a disco enthusiast, chances are you have seen the classic dance film Saturday Night Fever. The Verrazano Narrow Bridge, which joins the two boroughs, not only serves as the location for two key scenes in the film, but also as a symbol of Tony’s journey into adulthood. The Verrazano is a landmark in New York and in Hollywood movies.

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Looking for a Men in Black feel? Then you need to head to Queens. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the site of the 1964 World’s Fair, is also where one of the movie’s most iconic scenes was filmed. It’s perfect for a historic shot!

Samson Stages

This gem is hidden in Brooklyn, New York. What makes this place so special is that it has two iconic soundstages, five-star amenities, and an amazing crew of experts. Samson Stages has worked with the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Dua Lipa, and more. This location has been the perfect spot for movies, TV shows, and some of the top commercials in the world.

Central Park

Because of its huge size and the wide array of conveniences, Central Park has appeared in almost every NYC-based movie ever made. The lovely walking paths, the enormous lake, sports fields, and grassy lawns make it the ideal outdoor filming location in New York.

Do any of these places seem like the perfect place to set a movie? Hollywood sure does think so! Which New York location would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments.