New York’s Gifts to the World: Gift #7

Over the next week, many Metroblogging communities will be posting a list of 7 unique things (one per day) that their cities contribute to the world. Being such an important part of world culture, New York couldn’t pass up this opportunity!

Without further ado, below is today’s gift:

nyfilming.jpgStarting with the birth of film, New York has always been an ideal location for movie settings. From the famous sweaty, impatient jurors in Twelve Angry Men, to Meg Ryan’s famous orgasm at Katz’s Deli in the Lower East Side, to Michael Corleone slaying Sallozzo and Officer McCluskey in a NY Italian restaurant, to Josh Baskin (Tom Hanks) playing the piano atFAO Schwartz in Big, to little Kevin McCallister staying at the Plaza Hotel, to the Men In Black finally defeating the aliens at Flushing Meadow Park, NYC is the home of so many famous movie scenes. When you factor in the many scenes from Ghostbusters, Goodfellas, and other well-known classics, NY’s role becomes that much more respectable.

As a result of its sheer mass and cultural importance, certain filmmakers shoot almost exclusively in Gotham. From sophisticated comedy director Woody Allen’s Manhattan and Annie Hall to the violent, society-driven Scorcese films like Raging Bull and Gangs of New York, our city has served as the vital backdrop of so many films that depict New York life from virtually every imaginable viewpoint.

Additionally, New York has also been a regular setting for some of the most enjoyed and significant television shows over the last five decades. The Honeymooners, The Odd Couple, Cojak, Taxi, The Cosby Show, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Everybody Loves Raymond, Sex & The City, and, of course, all of the Law & Order franchises (kung kung) have all called NY home, and have also all shot at least some scenes (if not all) in town. Live format shows have also favored NY as a location, including the Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

What makes our little burg so appealing to these shows and movies? It is the result of many things. First, our city offers many different scenery backdrops that are both recognizable and aesthetically pleasing. Also, NY is a great choice for a setting because virtually everyone in the world has some desire to live here, at least for a short time. But most importantly, it is a testament to the fact that New York has it all… great people, interesting scenery, rich culture, varied seasons, history, and mystique all make for a fantastic place to shoot film and set stories.

So, as our first gift (gift #7), New York gives the world a prime location for film and movies!

[Photo courtesy of Maduraikaaran Travels]

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4 Comments so far

  1. Neil (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 7:37 pm

    Not to mention the fine acting by Hank Azaria in Godzilla, or the greatest movie of all Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…

  2. A for apple (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 2:45 am

    Cosby show … everybody loves raymond, seinfeld … eeeeh … ny is calling me :D

    Nice start NY :>


  3. Eric (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 8:46 am

    Not to mention my favorite NY-based show (even if it shot in LA minus a few exteriors), Friends! Friends is actually the reason I wanted to come to New York.

  4. Noah (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 9:22 am

    Friends was funny early on, but I thought it was virtually unwatchable after season four (except for two extremely hot girls, and Lisa Kudrow isn’t one of them). There were so many great NY based shows that I had to leave many out. One of the more popular sitcoms on now is King of Queens. Plus CSI: NY, and the show that went off the air a few years ago Third Watch, which was great!

    It is sort of ironic that so many crime and punnishment shows take place here, considering that NY has one of the lowest crime rates among big cities.

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