Have you ever found yourself watching television shows or movies set in New York City and drooling over the scene’s backdrops even more than the stylish New Yorkers starring in them? There’s hip and edgy Brooklyn, home to Hannah Horvath and her other Girls cohorts; the cast of iconic sitcom Friends called bohemian Greenwich Village in Manhattan home for years. And don’t even get me started on the Upper East Side, one of the most iconic cinematic stomping grounds of all time.
In the beloved film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, director Blake Edwards made sure his stars were shot at authentic Upper East Side locations that highlighted the area’s beautiful townhouses and architecture. Audrey Hepburn made every girl want to live there when the film came out in 1961. Another director with a love of filming in New York City is Woody Allen, a true New Yorker whose directorial portfolio is brimming with footage from NYC. The movie legend has shot all over the city, but some of his most renowned works were filmed in the Upper East Side.
Other notable films shot along the Upper East Side include The Devil Wears Prada, The Anderson Tapes, Leon: The Professional, and countless others. It’s also worth noting that not only New York’s fictional elite get to film at beautiful Upper East Side locations. Comedian Kate McKinnon recently wrapped filming a hilarious rom-com trailer spoof at Azure, the Upper East Side’s newest luxury condo building, developed by the Carl Mattone group and the DeMatteis Organizations. Her character is the antithesis of real-life Upper East Siders, but you can tell she loved acting goofy in such a glamorous location.
And how could I mention film and television shows filmed in NYC without mentioning the groundbreaking Sex and the City, and the devilishly addicting Gossip Girl? If you’re ever looking for New York Muses, look no further than Carrie Bradshaw, Blair Waldorf, and Serena van der Woodsen, three fictional NYC style icons that sauntered around the Upper East Side for season after fabulous season.
What are your favorite films or television shows set in NYC?