Ghostbusters film locations in New York

Family holiday to Manhattan… Chance for some nerdy Ghostbuster film location spotting… Would be daft not to!

  1. The Firehouse – Hook and Ladder Company #8 – Tribecca

Ok so a bit gutted about this one. The building wrapped in coverings whilst repair work goes on.

Should look like this:

Looked like this:

2. “Spook Central” Dana and Louises Apartment Block,  55 Central Park West at 66th Street.

The actual building is a lot smaller in real life than it looks in the movie. This is because there is a lot of larger buildings located around it so to make it look more menacing, an additional 8 floors were Matte painted onto the movie shots.

Should look like this:

Looked Like This: Still a pretty odd loking place even without the extra floors!

3. New York Public Library.

Whilst this is an iconic scene at the beginning of the original Ghostbusters where the first spook in the film is spotted, the actual appearance of the building is fleeting to say the least, with all inside shots filmed at a library in California.

Should look like this:

Looked like this:

4. National Museum of the American Indian

Known in Ghostbusters 2 as the Manhattan Art Museum (No such place exists), This building ends up encased in pink slime in the movie…

Should look like This:

Looked Like This:

5. Interior of the Statue of Liberty 1

The Ghostbusters set themselves up inside the Statue of Liberty and spray the innards with positively charged pink slime in Ghostbusters 2.

Should look like this:

Looked like this:

5. Interior of the Statue of Liberty 2

The Statue of Liberty was controlled from inside the Statue of Liberty crown and  in Ghostbusters 2.

Should look like this:

Looked like this (Yer ok Couldn’t get a pic from the outside) :

A missed a few opportunities…

Rockerfeller Plaza (Below) – For some reason I thought that this scene had multiple golden statues around it. After checking the Plaza for a while I concluded that they had been removed. It turns out that I walked past the area in the pic below about 3 times….

Tavern on the Green (Below) – Couldn’t get access to the back without going in the front which had security on it…

Lincoln Centre Fountain (Below) – Unfortunately didn’t get this far up on the west side…

As far as I’m concerned, this is a very good reason for going back in a few years time!

What links the Friends fountain and The Omega Man.

Yup bizarro random fact time…

What links the fountain in the opening sequence of “Friends” and the 1971 apocalyptic Sci-Fi flick “The Omega Man”?

let’s dispel the myth of the fountain in “Friends” opening sequence being one of the fountains in Central Park.. It’s not.

Central Park Bethesda fountain…

Central Park Cherry Hill fountain…

“Friends” Fountain

The fountain in “Friends” is on the Warner Bros ranch in Burbank, California, some way from New York.

in The Omega Man, Robert Neville’s apartment is also at the Warner Bros ranch. As can be seen in the top picture and below.

So it can clearly be seen that the fountain at Warner Bros ranch is the fountain used in Friends opening sequence, and also is in the park across the road from Robert Neville’s apartment in The Omega Man.

Now the odd thing is, at the end of The Omega Man, Robert Neville is hit by a spear and falls into the fountain in the park, but not the fountain in the picture above.

1. The fountain is far smaller.

2. The fountain is far closer to the fence than the other.

The only reason I can think for this is that maybe the real fountain was too far away to make it believable that Robert Neville could be hit by a spear thrown from his balcony, so a prop fountain was used and the real one covered up with shrub and tree camouflage.

Izzy’s Hedgehog Birthday Cake

Hedgehog Cake
My 5 year old daughter Izzy decided that she wanted a Hedgehog Birthday cake and I leapt to the challenge, knowing that Tesco sell hedgehog birthday cakes very reasonably. This all went horribly pear-shaped when I found that Tesco had stopped selling them and so I set to task creating my own hedgehog and the pic is the result.

 

It was actually pretty easy if I’m honest. Two large chocolate swiss rolls, trim them down a bit and put them next to each other with a bit of the trimmed bit at the front to form the head shape. Next some Betty Crockers chocolate fudge icing (ready made in the pot) and do a plastering / cementing job all over creating the hedgehog shape. Malteser for the nose, Matchmakers for the whiskers, white chocolate buttons with blob of icing for the eyes and three small toblerones broken up and stuck on the icing for the spikes. Went down well and happy Izzy 🙂