Thursday, April 3, 2008

Lights! Camera! Action!

If you remember an earlier post from last May about taking a "Sex and the City" bus tour through New York City, here's a follow-up almost a year in the making.

This past weekend, I went on a similar bus tour put on by the same company, and this one was even better!

My favorite sight on the tour was the "Friends" building here, where Monica & Rachel and Joey & Chandler lived, with Central Perk downstairs. As you tell, their building isn't as large in real life as it appears on TV, and the exterior shots of Central Perk were not filmed here. It was soooo cool, though, to see the building I'd seen on the show for 10 seasons!

Among the other cool sights on the three-and-a-half-hour tour was the house used as the Huxtables' house for exterior shots in "The Cosby Show."

Yes, this is where Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable and the family called home for eight seasons. Interesting fact: The interior of the actual house is the exact opposite of what we saw on TV, as the stairs to the bedroom are really on the left as you walk in the door, as opposed to how they were on the right on the set in L.A.

The tour, though, wasn't limited to just TV show sights, as we saw many venues where movies were filmed in the Big Apple.

Speaking of big, this is the McDonald's in Manhattan where Adam Sandler ran in and yelled, "Can somebody get this kid a Happy Meal???" in the movie, "Big Daddy."

The corner where this McDonald's sits is a popular spot for filming, as right across the corner is the basketball court where Sandler and the little kid in "Big Daddy" (btw, the twins who played that little kid now star in the Disney Channel hit, "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody") first encounter Steve Buscemi as the homeless guy.

Also, on the opposite corner lies this little newsstand where one of the main characters in "Carlito's Way" stops just before that movie's climactic scene.

All in all, it was one of the best early afternoon's I've ever spent in New York City, seeing so many of the cool TV and movie sights (the Food Network studios, the café used in both "Mickey Blue Eyes" and "In Good Company," the "Ghostbusters" firehouse, etc.) around all sections of Manhattan.

Just like in the "SATC" tour, where we each got an awesome cupcake from the famous Magnolia Bakery, on this one, we each got a complimentary black-and-white cookie, the same sort of confection that broke Jerry's 14-year non-vommiting streak on "Seinfeld."

Thanks again to our tour guide, Kimberly (she's the one on the left in the Huxtable house pic), and everyone else at On Location Tours for a really cool day!

1 comment:

Pat said...

Sean if you enjoyed this bus tour you have to go on the Brooklyn Pizza Tour next time you are in the city! Check out the tour web site here:

http://www.bknypizza.com/

Great pizza, movie clips of movies filmed in Brooklyn locations, fascinating facts about Brooklyn, and Tony, the tour guide, is hysterical!