New York : The must-see places of Je suis une Légende

By freely adapting Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel, Francis Lawrence presents an apocalyptic vision of New York. Even though the city was devastated, it remains all the same fascinating.

Robert Neville's House

As we mention in our Guide New York of 1000 cult movie, series, music, comics, novel locations Robert Neville (Will Smith) lives in a typical and pretty house in Greenwich Village where the basement has been set up as a laboratory.  The only survivor of New York dwells in the second residence of the block.

South Street Seaport

Everyday, as he indicates in his radio appeals, the main character waits at South Street port “when the sun is at its highest ” .  It’s also here that he decides to attack the mutants in a kamikaze attack, the night after the loss of his dog Sam, his only companion in this devastated New York.  He will be saved in extremis by the surprise arrival of Anna.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The scene of the Metropolitan Museum is original.  We can see Robert fishing in the pool situated near the Dendur temple.  This life-size reconstituted Egyptian temple in this enormous hall embellished with ceiling-high bay windows looking out onto Central Park is undoubtedly one of the places to see if you decide to visit this gigantic museum where 10,000 m² are open to the public.

Brooklyn Bridge

The shots of the bridge, especially its explosion, required six nights of shooting and cost production more than 5 million dollars.  It happens to be the most expensive sequence ever filmed in New York.

Pier 86

Living in a deserted New York offers unexpected entertainment possibilities.  For example, playing golf from the fuselage of a plane set up on the USS Intrepid, the aircraft carrier from the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.  In 2006, in order to renovate this vessel-museum, the US Navy spent 3 million dollars just to get rid of the 30,000 m3 of sludge that had accumulated under it over 24 years.

DVD Video Rental Shop

In order to maintain a semblance of social relations, Robert comes every day to look for videos in this store where he talks to the mannequins.  Time has passed and the shop is of course no longer there but the façade remains easily recognizable.

Grand Central

The spot where the main character is trapped and suspended in front of Grand Central is located on Park Ave, just beyond 42nd street.

Washington Square Park

The park with its famous triumphal arch is situated just across from where Robert lives and during the night in the film it takes on a rather terrifying appearance.  An amusing bit of trivia, it was built in 1826 over an old cemetery.

Times Square

During the first few minutes, Robert is hunting an antelope right in the middle of a deserted Times Square.


Like a lot of iconic buildings, the Flatiron appears several times when the hero’s Shelby GT500 Mustang passes by.

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