New York: Top 10 locations for I Am Legend

In freely adapting Richard Matheson's 1954 novel, Francis Lawrence offers an apocalyptic vision of New York. And although the city is devastated, it is still fascinating... Discover our selection of locations from this legendary film.
Reality/Fiction I am legend
Reality/Fiction I am legend

I’m a New York legend

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House of Robert Neville

Robert Neville House - I am legend
Robert Neville’s house – I am legend

Robert Neville (Will Smith) lives in a typical and pretty Greenwich Village house with a laboratory basement. The only survivor from New York City resides in the second house on the block.

Address: 11 Washington Square North, New York, USA

South Street Seaport

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

Address: 199 Water Street, New York, USA

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The scene from I am Legend in the Metropolitan Museum of Art is original. We see Robert Neville (Will Smith) fishing in the basin near the temple of Dendur. This Egyptian temple reconstructed in real size in this huge hall decorated with a glass roof overlooking Central Park is certainly one of the places to see if you decide to visit this gigantic museum where 10,000 m2 are open to visitors. The Met is a real cultural institution in New York; a real museum visible in many pop fictions: in films (When Harry met Sally), in shows (Gossip Girl), in music (New York City by Lenny Kravitz), in comic books (Superman versus Spider-Man) or in novels (The corpse in the Statue of Liberty of William Irish).

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Brooklyn Bridge

The plans for the bridge, including its explosion, required six nights of filming and cost the production more than $5 million. This is the most expensive sequence performed in New York!

Address: Brooklyn Bridge, New York, USA

Pier 86

Living in a deserted New York offers unsuspected entertainment opportunities. For example, playing golf from the cabin of an aircraft installed on the USS Intrepid, the aircraft carrier of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at Pier 86. In 2006, the US Navy spent $3 million to renovate the museum ship and remove the 30,000m3 of silt that had accumulated underneath it over the past 24 years.

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DVD Rental Store

The scene in the DVD rental store in I Am Legend (Credit: Warner Bros, Original Film, Heydey Original)
The scene in the DVD rental store in I Am Legend (Credit: Warner Bros, Original Film, Heydey Original)

In order to maintain a semblance of social relations, Robert comes every day to pick up DVDs from this store where he talks to models. Time has passed and the shop has of course disappeared, but the facade remains easily recognizable.

Address: 384 Lafayette Street, New York, USA

Grand Central Terminal

In I am Legend, Robert Neville (Will Smith) is trapped and suspended in front of Grand Central on Park Avenue, just above 42nd Street. Beneath its superb fine arts building, Grand Central is the station with the most platforms in the world: 44 giving onto 67 tracks spread over two levels. A total of 273.7 million travellers pass through there each year, or 8.7 per second! This station is one of the symbols of New York, a real pop symbol. It can be seen in numerous fictions, films(Armageddon, North by Northwest…), series (CSI: Manhattan…), music(Grand Central Station…), comic books (The Punisher…) or novels(The Catcher in the Rye…). While in the original version of I am Legend, the infected people are called Dark Seekers, in the DVD they appear as Hemocytes.

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Washington Square Park

Washington Square Arch. New York
Washington Square Arch New York. (Photo credit: Fantrippers)

The park with its famous triumphal arch is right in front of Robert’s place of residence and at night it looks terrifying in the film. An amusing wink, it was erected in 1826 on a former cemetery.

Address: 20 Washington Square North, New York, USA

Times Square

For the first few minutes, Robert hunts the antelope in the deserted Times Square.

Address: 1552-1570 Broadway, New York, USA

Flatiron Building

In I am Legend, at the wheel of his Shelby GT500 Mustang, Robert Neville (Will Smith) travels around town looking for food, entertainment and survivors. The streets of New York are deserted. They remained in their juice, letting the plants invade them. At each intersection, military vehicles are also left abandoned. The hero thus passes in front of several emblematic monuments of the Big Apple and in particular the Flatiron Building. This New York symbol can be found in many fictions: in films (The Usual Suspects), in series (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), in music (Modern Vampire of the City by Vampire Weekend), in comic strips (The Amazing Spider-Man) or in novels (La Fille de Brooklyn by Guillaume Musso). Will Smith tried to adopt her after shooting with Abbey, the dog playing Sam, after the shoot. His trainer was unable to grant his request because it would have felt like he was abandoning him.

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By Damien Duarte

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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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