New York : The must-see places of Ghostbusters

A mythical movie from the 80s, Ghostbusters left its mark on an entire generation. More than thirty years after it first came out in 1984 and then a sequel in 1989, the diptych by Ivan Reitman remains very popular, just like the many places in New York that he immortalized, in particular his famous fire station. The prequel though, which came out in 2016, was for the most part filmed in Boston.

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Headquarters

A fire house still running, the emblematic Ghostbusters headquarters continues to attract a lot of people.  This fire house was one of the first to intervene after the terrorist attacks of September 9th, 2001.  It almost closed in 2011 due to budgetary restrictions, but the mobilization of the neighboring residents, very attached to this building dating from 1895, insured its continuation.  On site, the links with Ghostbuster still exist: first of all on the sidewalk where a huge emblem has been painted, making the link between the Ghostbusters logo and the fire fighters, while further along inside, in full view, there’s a Ghostbusters 2 poster!  We can also see several objects found in the rubble of the World Trade Center.  The firemen are very friendly and will willingly take a break to chat with tourists coming here.  But don’t expect to find the Ghostbusters headquarters intact, the interior scenes were filmed in an abandoned fire station in Los Angeles!

 

New York Public Library

Setting for the first ghoul hunt in the film, you really shouldn’t miss the New York library.  Go up to the top floor to admire the superb “Rose Reading Room”.  It’s here that Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) and Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) join up with Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis).  Don’t try and reproduce the noisy entrance in the film though! Access to this vast room may be open to all, but silence is the rule.

 

Columbia University

After losing their jobs as researchers, the three Ghostbusters decide to found their own paranormal investigation company.  The decisive discussion between Peter and Raymond takes place in the square, a few meters from the Alma Mater, the statue of the goddess Minerva, presiding on her perch on the Low Library steps.

 

Dana Barrett's apartment

It’s in this building, supposedly erected by the followers of the malevolent Sumerian god Gozer, that live Dana Barrett (Signourey Weaver) and her neighbor Louis Tully (Rick Moranis), a not very swift accountant.  In order to emphasize its evil aspect, production added several floors in matte painting.

 

Lincoln Center Plaza

Emblematic complex where several major New York cultural institutions are grouped together, including a symphony orchestra, the Lincoln Center counts Dana amongst their musicians.  It’s on the huge esplanade, near the fountains, that Peter waits for her after rehearsal.

 

Tavern on the green

Followed by a watchdog from the beyond, Louis flees from the building where he lives and tries to find refuge in the restaurant Tavern on the Green where he bangs in vain on the window panes.  This place has been renovated since.

 

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Manhattan Museum of Art

The National Museum of the American Indian, was re-baptized here as the Manhattan Museum of Art.  In this immense building, Dana takes painting lessons presided by the imposing and anguishing portrait of the cruel Vigo of Moldavia, massacred in 1610 but having promised to return…and of course it’s through this painting that he is going to reincarnate.

 

Peter Venkman's apartment

Just a short distance from the subway station Bleecker St, you can’t miss the building where Peter lives in the sequel.  Situated on the corner of Broadway and Bleecker St, this huge building has a rather peculiar façade.   The ghost buster’s apartment is on the 5th floor.  Take a good look at the cornice; it’s on this ledge that Dana ventures to get her baby back.

 

Carrefour où les chasseurs de fantômes creusent

It’s an ordinary New York intersection, 77th St and 1st Ave, but it plays a key role in Ghostbusters 2!  It’s here that Dana’s baby buggy suddenly stops after she lost hold of it in front of her apartment (325 E 77th St).  So the ghost busters decide to dig a hole in the road at this spot only to discover that nefarious substances are circulating in the sewers.

 

Statue of Liberty

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No need for introductions here.  Miss Liberty plays a decisive role in the second film and leaves her pedestal on Liberty Island to lend a hand to the phantom hunters.  It goes without saying that this only happens in movies!  The venerable lady has remained solidly anchored in the port of New York since 1886 and attracts a large number of movie makers and tourists alike.

 

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