New York Tours visiting Greenwich Village
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Tours visiting Greenwich Village
New York TV & Movie Tour
What People are Saying
“I liked the fact that the tour took us into Greenwich Village, Tribeca, Soho and basically out of the Broadway/Time Square district, otherwise, I normally wouldn't have visited those areas. ”
- Female, Age 40-49, Domestic Tourist
“Great TV shows never die…On Location Tours takes TV and film buffs to the sites they've seen on screen.”
-Continental Airlines Magazine, Jan. 2008
Generally known for its bohemian and artistic flavor, Greenwich Village is a trendy and popular hot spot for all of our favorite movies and television shows. Greenwich Village has a long and proud history of going against social conformity. Writers, poets and artists flocked to this area to express themselves in a different and reformed light in the 1950’s.
Located on the west side of downtown Manhattan, the neighborhood is surrounded by Broadway on the east, the beautiful Hudson River on the west, Houston Street on the south, and 14th street on the north. This makes “The Village” an ideal location for many celebrity residents to call home, including Julianne Moore, Hillary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, Uma Thurman, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, among many others. Take On Location Tours’ New York TV and Movie Sites Tour, and see some of the locations in Greenwich Village that have been used in your favorite TV shows and movies, and maybe even run into a celebrity or two!
Washington Square Park
One of the most popular landmarks for both residents and tourists in Greenwich Village is Washington Square Park. The 9.75 mile park is easily recognizable because of the large historical marble arch that stands prominently at the park’s center. Modeled after the 1806 Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the arch has become the symbol for New York University. Although NYU considers the park to be the core of the school's campus, Washington Square remains a public park, which local residents have protected as an essential part of the neighborhood.
A large fountain along with gardens, walkway paths, picnic tables, park benches, commemorative statues, and chess playing areas make Washington Square Park a meeting place and center for cultural activity. You may recognize the chess tables from the film Searching for Bobby Fischer. One can easily see why this park attracts so many sightseers each year, and why it’s worth the trip on our tour.
Several movies are featured in this famous public park located at the bottom of Fifth Avenue. In the hit movie I am Legend, the main character played by Will Smith has his home and lab overlooking the park, with the famous arch right outside his front windows. Other movies filmed here include When Harry Met Sally, Hair, At First Sight, Speedy, August Rush, and Ghostbusters II.
If you look closely, you will see the performance pit where Maggie (Meg Ryan) in Addicted to Love plots revenge with her lover, Sam, played by Mathew Broderick. Also filmed in the park were scenes from the movies The Freshmen, A Perfect Murder, Kids, Three of Hearts, and The Butcher’s Wife.
This was also a filming location for Enchanted, where a classic Disney fairytale collides with the modern-day city when a princess is banished to New York by an evil queen. Washington Square Park is where Princess Giselle is accompanied by some very helpful roaches, rats, and pigeons during her 'Happy Working Song." Relax in the park and feel like you are in part of a movie!
Your Favorite TV Shows
During our visit to Greenwich Village, you will get a chance to take photos in front of the Huxtables’ house from The Cosby Show. Although the family was suppsed to live in Brooklyn, the actual location of their beautiful brownstone is in on Leroy Street, a cute street in trendy Greenwich Village. And the photo ops don’t stop there! Next, hop off the bus and become one of the Friends. Don’t miss your chance to get a good look at the building on the corner of Grove and Bedford Streets that was home to Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Rachel (we’ll even show you where Ugly Naked Guy lived!).
More Highlights from Greenwich Village
This welcoming neighborhood is full of things to do, including popular restaurants, shops, and plenty of bars. It is also a scene for the performing arts and hosts many off-Broadway shows and local venues such as the Blue Man Group, Forbes Magazine Gallery, and the Lucille Lortel Theater (also recognizable from Friends). If you’re grabbing a bite to eat, make sure to stop by the famous spooky-themed restaurant Jekyll and Hyde for a unique dining experience. Also, if you just can’t get away from the movie tour locations, make sure to check out Knickerbocker Bar & Grill and Minetta Tavern where Hugh Grant sat in the film Mickey Blue Eyes.
Other popular movies and shows shot in Greenwich Village Include:
- 13 Going on 30
- Six Degrees of Separation
- The Paper
- Mad About You
- As Good as it Gets
- Night and the City
- Bright Lights, Big City
- Small Time Crooks
- Mickey Blue Eyes
- You Don't Mess With the Zohan
- Made of Honor
- PS I Love You
* In an effort to stay current, we are constantly updating our tours with new locations and cannot guarantee the presence of locations mentioned on our site. If you have a particular interest in locations from a specific TV show or movie, please let your tour guide know and we will do our best to accomodate your request.
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