Most of you won’t need an excuse to go to New York City. Whilst similarly, not many of you will be stuck for ideas of what to do whilst you’re there. The city that never sleeps has everything to entertain you, including fantastic restaurants, world famous landmarks, and great shopping opportunities.
However one of the top things on your list should be to take a New York TV & movie tour. Where else can you combine a city break with a look at some of the most famous film & TV locations in the world?
So join us as we count down the top 5 movie tours…
5. The Godfather Trilogy Tour
The Godfather trilogy represents a great moment in movie history. And now you can live and breathe the story of Don Corleone with the Godfather tour. Visit the flagship store of Best & Company which featured in the first movie (fitting in some shopping of your own at the same time), pass by the Bellevue Hospital where the Don was taken after his shooting and even visit the scene in which Don Barzini was assassinated – on the steps of the New York State Supreme Court building.
4. The Taxi Driver Tour
The 1976 movie Taxi Driver was directed by Martin Scorsese and starred Robert DeNiro as Travis Bickle. The movie showed New York City at its grittiest and darkest, but the film has many fans who wish to see the sights in the Big Apple year after year.
The Maine Memorial at Columbus Circle is the setting for the political rally where Senator Charles Palatine is giving his speech when Travis Bickle sets out to shoot him.Additionally, the location where Travis Bickle picks up his final fare in his taxi is the St. Regis Hotel, located on E. 55th Street, just off Fifth Avenue.
3. The Die Hard Tour
As we all know, Die Hard was originally set in Los Angeles, but the third movie in the trilogy – Die Hard with a Vengeance – was set in New York City. Released in 1995, it was directed by John McTiernan and stars Samuel L Jackson and of course Bruce Willis as John McClane. You’ll be able to see many of the sites on tour, including the New York City Water Tunnel No. 3, the subway station entrance at 72nd St. and Broadway, and Tompkins Square Park at Avenue A and 7th St. where the two main characters struggled to solve a riddle in order to prevent the detonation of a bomb. Additionally there is also the Federal Reserve Building at William and Liberty St. where the villain Simon tried to steal the city’s gold supply.
2. The Ghostbusters Tour
Now you can tour the sites where the infamous Ghostbusters saved New York City twice!
Go through Columbus Circle, following the steps of the Marshmallow Man, and visit the New York Public Library, which was the scene of haunting at the beginning of the first movie. Additionally you’ll get to see 55 Central Park West where the Ghostbusters saved the world from Zuul, The Gatekeeper and The Key Master. However, one of the most popular attractions is the old firehouse where the Ghostbusters were based – the firehouse still stands today and even has a Ghostbusters logo on the street in front.
1. The Sopranos Tour
The Sopranos tour is immensely popular. If you’re a fan of the show then why not take this amazing guided sightseeing tour of Sopranos sites that depart from mid-town Manhattan and take you through “Sopranoland” in New Jersey. The tour guides are actually actors or extras who have appeared in the series also, and they’ll be able to share inside facts and stories that only they could know! This tour is simply a “must” for any Sopranos fan. Sights along the way include the Bada Bing, Barone Sanitation, Pizzaland, The Muffler Man, and other sites from the opening credits. You can even sit in the restaurant booth where Tony sat in the final scene of the series.
The tour kicks off at 7th Avenue near 39th Street, on Saturdays at 10am. The cost is $46 + $2 ticket fee and the tour lasts approximately 4 hours.