Movie and TV locations in NYC
My solution to the strike was to hop aboard an On Location Tours bus to see some of NYC’s most famed movie and TV locations live and in 3-D. After a corny rendition of the Gilligan’s Island theme song sung by our guide, Gary, we set off on a three (and a half) hour tour. First we sailed down Fifth Avenue to Madison Square Park, where I learned that the nearby Metropolitan Life Insurance North Building is used as the exterior of Mode magazine’s offices in Ugly Betty. Next was the Cosby Show townhouse; the series took place in Brooklyn, but the residence used as an establishing shot is in the West Village. Cruising through the Meatpacking District, we passed the famed bra-strewn bar Hogs & Heifers, where 2000’s Coyote Ugly was filmed. Shortly thereafter, the bus rattled with oohhs and ahhhs as we came across a film set — which turned out to be for a McDonald’s commercial. Our enthusiasm returned when we walked to the corner of Bedford and Grove — the Friends apartment building. The day wrapped on a high note at Tribeca’s Hook & Ladder No. 8 firehouse, a.k.a. Ghostbusters HQ.