New York: 10 iconic Ghostbusters filming locations - Ghostbusters

A mythical film from the 1980s, Ghostbusters marked a whole generation. More than thirty years after its appearance in 1984 and a second part in 1989, Ivan Reitman's diptych remains very popular, just like the numerous places of New York which he immortalized and in particular his famous fire station.

Follow in the footsteps of the Ghostbusters

What could be better than to follow in the footsteps of the Ghostbusters in New York? Don’t forget to take your New York guide of the 1000 cult places from movies, series, music, comics and novels! And just like in Ghostbusters, never cross the scent! Follow in the footsteps of Egon Spengler, Peter Venkman, Winston Zeddemore and Raymond Stantz, not to mention the Big Apple’s bustling streets, and encounter as many spooky spectres as creatures from the bowels of the earth.

The Ghostbusters Headquarters

Still active fire station, the iconic Firehouse Ghostbusters still attracts a lot of people. This barracks was one of the first to intervene in the attacks of September 11, 2001. It almost closed in 2011 due to budgetary restrictions, but the mobilization of the inhabitants, very attached to this building dating from 1895, allowed it to remain in operation. On the spot, the links with Ghostbusters still exist: first on the sidewalk on which was drawn a huge acronym linking the logo of ghost hunters and firefighters while then, inside, sits prominently the sign of Ghostbusters 2! You can also see some objects from the rubble of the World Trade Center. The firemen are very welcoming and gladly take the break with the many tourists going to the scene. But don’t expect to find the entire headquarters of the ghostbusters, the interior scenes were shot in a disused barracks in Los Angeles!

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New York Public Library

Go up to the top floor to admire the beautiful Rose Reading Room. This is where Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) and Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) join Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis). Don’t try to reproduce the noisy entry into the film! If access to this vast room is free, silence is de rigueur. The very first version of the library ghost was deemed too scary for Ghostbusters. On the other hand, it was used for the movie Fright Night released in 1985.

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New York Public Library
New York Public Library. Photo credit: Fantrippers


After being disbarred from their research posts, the three ghostbusters decide to set up their own paranormal investigation company. The founding discussion between Peter and Raymond took place on the square, a few meters from the Alma Mater, the statue of the goddess Minerva, enthroned in front of the steps of the Low Library. The original trailer reveals the phone number of the ghostbusters, 1-800-555-2368. In calling him, the audience was surprised to hear a recorded message from Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. 1,000 calls were made every day, 24 hours a day for six weeks before the line was closed. An operation repeated in 2016 with the release of the remake. It was Chris Hemsworth, the receptionist’s interpreter, who could be heard dialing 0-800-222-9911.

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Columbia University
Columbia University – Photo credit: Fantrippers

Dana Barrett’s apartment

Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) and her neighbour Louis Tully (Rick Moranis), a not very clever accountant, live in this building, believed to have been erected by the faithful of the malevolent Sumerian god Gozer. In order to accentuate its evil appearance, floors have been added in matte painting by the production. The building does not have a specific name like some other buildings such as the Dakota Building or The Ansonia. However, the 1984 film changed everything for him as it is now colloquially nicknamed The Ghostbusters Building, The Shandor Building, The Shandor Apartments or Spook Central, the various fictional names given in the feature film.

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Lincoln Center Plaza

An emblematic complex that brings together several of New York’s major cultural institutions, including a symphony orchestra, Lincoln Center counts Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) among its musicians. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) is waiting for him on the huge esplanade, near the water jets, after a rehearsal. Ghostbusters has been nominated twice for an Oscar, for best visual effects and best original song.

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Scene at Lincoln Center Plaza in Ghostbusters
Scene at Lincoln Center Plaza in Ghostbusters – Ghostbusters. (Photo credit: Columbia Pictures, Delphi Productions and Black Rhino Productions)

Tavern on the Green

Chased by a hound from the beyond, Louis flees the building where he lives and crosses the street to try to find refuge at the Tavern on the Green restaurant where he knocks, in vain, against the bay windows. The place has since been remodeled.

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Scene at the Tavern on the Green in Ghostbusters
Scene at the Tavern on the Green in Ghostbusters – Ghostbusters. Photo credit: Columbia Pictures, Delphi Productions and Black Rhino Productions

Manhattan Museum of Art

The National Museum of the American Indian has been renamed here Manhattan Museum of Art. In this immense building, Dana (Sigourney Weaver) restores paintings while the imposing and anguishing portrait of the cruel Vigo of Moldavia, massacred in 1610 but having promised to return one day, stands enthroned… And it is of course through this painting that he is reincarnated. If Count Vigo is played by Wilhelm Von Homburg, the actor Max von Sydow has dubbed all his lines, the German actor not being able to overcome his accent.

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Scene at the Manhattan Museum of Art Ghostbusters 2
Scene at the Manhattan Museum of Art in Ghostbusters 2 – Ghostbusters 2. (Photo credit: Columbia Pictures)

Peter Venkman’s apartment

A few steps from the Bleecker street subway station, you can’t miss the building where Peter lives in the second movie. Located at the corner of Broadway and Bleecker street, this huge building has a very particular facade. The ghost busters apartment is on the 5th floor. Look closely at the ledge, it is on this ledge that Dana ventures out to try to get her baby back.

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Crossroads work

It’s an innocuous crossroads in New York City, at 77th Street and First Avenue, but it has a key role in Ghostbusters 2! This is where Dana’s child’s pram suddenly stops after it escapes her control in front of her apartment (325 E 77th St). The ghost hunters decide to dig a hole in the road at this location and discover that evil substances are circulating in the sewers.

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Statue of Liberty

Don’t have to introduce her. Miss Liberty has a decisive role in the second film and leaves her pedestal on Liberty Island to lend a hand to ghost hunters. Needless to say, it’s just cinema! The venerable lady has been firmly established in New York Harbor since 1886 and still attracts a large number of filmmakers and tourists. While slimming the statue, Ray (Dan Aykroyd) pronounces “Beautiful”, a cigar between his teeth. This is a reference to the famous Hannibal Smith in The A-Team.

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By Damien Duarte

Friday, April 30, 2021

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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