NYC In The Movies

The NYC Filming Locations of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (The Good One)

Before you cast a disparaging eye on the movie I’ve chosen for this week’s then-and-now look, I’d like to tell you three things about the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie that you probably don’t know. 1) The movie was edited by Sally Menke. Don’t recognize her name? Menke has edited every single film by Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino has described ... Read More »

The New York Filming Locations of The Godfather, Then and Now

On March 29, 1971, The Godfather, considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made, began principal photography in New York City. Because the film is a period piece, The Godfather actually presents a fascinating record of what 1940s-era New York City locations still existed in the early-1970s. Sadly, many of them are now gone. What still ... Read More »

The Complete Guide To New York City Horror Movies!

Looking for something spooky to watch this Halloween? Why not pick a horror movie set in New York! Longtime Scouting NY readers know I’ve been writing and revising this list for the past five years. While some of these might skirt the boundaries of the horror genre, my main requirement was simply that they’d feel appropriate playing on Halloween. As ... Read More »

The Filming Locations of Eyes Wide Shut

I happened to read an article about the new documentary Room 237, which delves into the wild conspiracy theories people have come up with to explain The Shining. These run the gamut, from a treatise on Native American oppression, to Kubrick’s admission that he helped fake the moon-landing footage. Most of it is pretty silly. But one theory made me ... Read More »

Why Everyone Films At The Same Damn New York Chinese Restaurant

So the other day, I finally saw Men In Black III, and there was one location that stood out: Located in Chinatown, Wu’s is THE Chinese restaurant all directors beg us to find. From the paper lanterns and intricate woodwork… …to the numerous fish tanks and detailed wallpaper. Throw in the hanging ducks in the window, and you’ve got every ... Read More »

A Pretty Bad Day For New York – Happy Halloween!

Note: This post was written as Hurricane Sandy crossed over New York City, and my fiancee and I were hunkered down in our apartment hearing from all sides that the world was about to end. At that point, the news media was going crazy overhyping the storm for ratings, while misinformation spread across the internet, and fake pictures of Sandy’s ... Read More »