New York : The must-see places of Glee
Washington Square Park
As we mention in our Guide New York of 1000 cult movie, series, music, comics, novel locations, the famous arch and fountain in Washington Square have been filmed many times. It’s here that Rachel (Lea Michele), in tears, phones Kurt (Chris Colfer) in episode 1 of season 4.
Inaugurated in 1972 with 1,933 seats, the Gershwin Theater is the biggest on Broadway. Kurt and Rachel go in after theater closing hours and sing “For Good”, from the show Wicked, actually running at this theater.
Ellens Stardust Diner / Spotlight Diner
The Spotlight Diner is the restaurant where Rachel, Santana (Naya Rivera) and Kurt work in season 5. The waiters and waitresses in red and black uniforms are also singers and dancers. That place is very much inspired by this diner, where the staff, hoping to make it to Broadway, get on stage while working to sing well-known titles.
A flashback to the film by Blake Edwards, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Rachel and Kurt go into this luxury jewelry store, with coffee and doughnuts for breakfast and to talk about their future.
New York Public Library
Rachel and Kurt are in front of the library and talk about if it’s important to stay in New York for thanksgiving.
In the final episode of season 2, at Sardi’s, Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel meet the legendary Broadway singer Patti Lupone, playing her own role. She advises Rachel to never give up on her dreams…and adds in a whisper that Finn is cute! This restaurant, open in 1927, is a veritable institution. It is specially known for the hundreds of caricatures of show-business celebrities covering the walls. The Tony Awards for theater performance were born here.
Like Will (Matthew Morrison) and Emma (Jayma Mays) in episode 5 of season 2, you can watch the Rocky Horror Picture Show in a real cinema. Dating from 1975, this baroque and musical cult film is still shown regularly in the United States. The show is also within the theater itself as the fans like to act out some scenes during the projection. In New York, the Cinepolis Chelsea Cinema programs the film every week for $9.50.
This wonderful bridge in central Park is seen repeatedly in the series. In episode 22 of season 2, Finn waits for Rachel with a bouquet of flowers. Much later, in episode 1 of season 5, Rachel, sadly nostalgic, comes back to the same spot singing “Yesterday” by the Beatles. We can also see the Bethesda fountain.
Bryant park's ice rink
Blaine (Darren Criss) surprises Kurt in episode 10 of Season 4 by joining him at the Bryant Park skating rink to sing a duo, like they do every Christmas. The title is “White Christmas”, an American classic of the festive season. The rink is generally open from September to March and it’s free.
Intercontinental New York Times Square
When they come for the national choir competition at the end of season 2, the members of New Direction are accommodated in this hotel.