We know and love New York as the “concrete jungle”, but every now and then it’s fun to indulge in nature and feel as if you’ve gone off the grid. The Thain Family Forest at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is the largest stretch of New York City’s original forest landscape still in existence. Much like the park forest Will and Tom live in in LEAVE NO TRACE, it is the perfect place to escape to nature while still being in the city.
Alexander McQueen revolutionized the fashion industry with his evocative and innovative designs and extravagantly theatrical runway shows. His first New York Fashion Week show, the Spring 2000 collection “Eye,” hit the city just over 20 years ago. Since that moment, his influence still impacts the Fashion District of NYC; from the young designers emerging from school to start their own lines, the clothing that is produced, and the models who strut the runways.
Based on the memoir of French thief (and memoirist) Henri Charrière, PAPILLON transports audiences to the notorious Devil’s Island penal colony near French Guiana. New York City has its own water-locked prison Rikers Island off the coast of Queens. The island is home to one of the world’s largest correctional institutions and has housed several notorious inmates including David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz, Tupac Shakur, and Sid Vicious.
Explore new territories and unknown worlds at the American Museum of Natural History, including the incredible wildlife of the Arctic. And don’t worry - the polar bears here won’t try to kill you.
Bookworms can get lost forever in the stacks of NYC’s famous Strand Bookstore. Among the thousands of novels, biographies, and poetry collections, you’ll find works by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, known mononymously as Colette. The French author won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948 and forever changed the game for women in the creative world. Keira Knightley portrays this complex, fascinating character in COLETTE.
Although he was born in Chicago and grew up in Brooklyn, Bobby Fischer became a chess master by gaining fame at the Washington Square Chess Corner in Manhattan. PAWN SACRIFICE tells the story of Fischer as a Cold War hero as he challenged the unbeatable Soviet chess grandmasters, culminating in the 1972 World Chess Championship versus Boris Spassky.
In the golden era of independent film distribution in NYC, many companies, including some that inspired the story portrayed in THE ASSISTANT, were based in the neighborhood of Tribeca. The film is also set in this iconic neighborhood, which gives its name to one of the city’s most famous film festivals.
The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum is a massive aircraft carrier that showcases American military and maritime history. Many pilots who once streaked through the skies in fighter jets are now piloting unmanned drones into dangerous spots all over the world, as is shown in the film EYE IN THE SKY. Who knows? One day maybe drones like those portrayed in the film will be on display here at The Intrepid.
Escaping the hectic and crowded streets of NYC can be achieved by going to the heart of Manhattan to Central Park. If Ben’s family in CAPTAIN FANTASTIC found themselves in NYC, we imagine this would be the first place they’d go.
As Carol and Bill, Blythe Danner and Sam Elliot share a special moment on Bill’s boat, the “So What”. One can only imagine the countless moments shared between New Yorkers as they dock boats at marinas all over the city, including this one in Staten Island.
Located near Foley Square in Lower Manhattan, the New York County Supreme Court is home to a number of cases where landmark decisions have brought people and movements to justice - just like Rachel Weisz does in DENIAL as Deborah Lipstadt, the author and historian who famously fought a libel suit brought against her by Holocaust denier David Irving.
Dreams of becoming a radio disc jockey like that of Shirley MacLaine’s in THE LAST WORD have been achieved by many at WNYC Radio - home of the city’s premiere broadcast audio.
While New York photographer Ronit Krushka was raised in the Orthodox Jewish community in London, her adopted city of NYC is home to one of the most vibrant orthodox communities in the world, with Borough Park having one of the largest communities outside of Israel. The feverish love story between Esti (Rachel McAdams) and Ronit (Rachel Weisz) was set in a close-knit society very similar to the one here in NYC.
While we can’t say for certain you will learn how to kick with your fists and punch with your feet at the Shotokan Karate Dojo in NYC, we will say you can master the art based on the true philosophies and best practices of karate at one of the premiere karate dojos in New York City.
Scenic Chesil Beach on the south England coast sets the backdrop for this pivotal honeymoon drama starring Saoirse Ronan. New York City is home to several beautiful beaches and Hallett’s Cove Beach in Queens is one of the many ocean-front destinations New Yorkers frequent.
The Explorer’s Club in the UES is a professional society dedicated to the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore through scientific exploration of land, air, and sea. In BREATHE, Andrew Garfield brings the adventurous and remarkable life of Robin Cavendish to the screen - a man who, although infected by polio at the age of 28, dedicated his life to travelling and developing instruments to liberate disabled people from dependency.
For Brian Banks, achieving his lifelong dream of playing for the NFL was an arduous process that he never stopped fighting for through imprisonment and eventual exoneration, culminating in a spot with the Atlanta Falcons. For New Yorkers, the hub of the NFL is in New Jersey at MetLife Stadium, where football fans can enjoy games played by both the New York Giants and the New Jersey Jets.
Whether you’re a doomsday prepper or tend to go overboard when it comes to online shopping, not every junk collector has a garage or plenty of free space like Ed and Ronnie enjoy in THE TOMORROW MAN. In this case, having a storage unit at the New York City Storage Facility can really come in handy when space is limited in your NYC apartment!
Jackson Heights is not only a beautiful neighborhood in Queens, but it is also home to Little India. Restaurants serve incredible food, and a massive grocery store has all of the ingredients you’ll need to make the best curry of your life, while sari and Bollywood music shops offer up a slice of the subcontinent. The events that inspired HOTEL MUMBAI resonated with every Indian around the world and still reverberate today. Jackson Heights is one of the most vibrant Indian neighborhoods in the country.
In WHAT THEY HAD, Michael Shannon’s character Nicky owns a bar that has created a prize-winning Manhattan. If you were eager to make your own, the Kings County Distillery in the Brooklyn Navy Yard would be a great place to start with some of the best home-distilled bourbon and rye in the city.
Jon Hamm is a former U.S. diplomat and expert in international negotiations who is given a mission to save a former colleague and to avoid an international incident in BEIRUT. The symbol of international diplomacy, the United Nations has worked to maintain peace, ensure security, and foster mutually beneficial relations since its founding in 1945. The iconic UN headquarters building in Manhattan, designed by Harrison and Abramovitz, is an enduring symbol of this mission.
Perhaps if Sawyer had gone to Bellevue Hospital, her experience in UNSANE would have been a much more pleasant one. The oldest public hospital in the United States, Bellevue was once popularly associated with the treatment of mental patients, but actually is a full-service hospital that boasts many breakthroughs, including the first maternity ward in the US. Now more than ever this institution dedicates itself to the health of New Yorkers and ensuring the city that never sleeps comes out stronger on the other side.
NOSTALGIA is a mosaic of stories that explores our relationships to the objects, artifacts, and memories that shape our lives. Grand Bazaar NYC is the city’s largest weekly curated market of artisans and antiques. There’s no telling how many lives have been impacted by the objects that pass through here.
Danny Collins is a world-famous 70s rock musician, with an adoring fan base so strong that he could have easily sold out Madison Square Garden.
At the time of its inception in 1929, the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY was one of the most ornate and exquisite movie palaces in the nation. Recently restored to its original beauty, it is now an unparalleled showcase for live performance and film events. This iconic Brooklyn landmark likely screened some of the work of Dalton Trumbo, who penned unforgettable screenplays for Roman Holiday, Papillon, and Spartacus, and is the subject of our film TRUMBO.
Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan play two brave Czech soldiers who risk their lives to defend their occupied homeland from Nazis in ANTHROPOID. In the late 1800s, many Czechs emigrated from their country and created a community in Astoria, Queens, some remnants of which can still be found today. The most prominent part of that history is probably the famed Bohemian Hall Beer Garden, one of the largest outdoor drinking spaces in NYC, which serves Czech beer and food all year long.
Based on the incredible true story of a young Marine and her military combat dog Rex, MEGAN LEAVEY shows us how powerful the bond between humans and animals can be. Brave and good boys like Rex deserve the absolute best care, like that of the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. The world’s largest non-profit animal hospital has been offering compassionate care to our four-legged friends since 1910.
With his novella A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens influenced Christmas traditions all over the world that still endure today. The most iconic yuletide tradition in New York City must be the ceremonious lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. If not for Dickens and his role in popularizing the Christmas tree, this stunning NYC tradition may not have ever existed.
For New Yorkers who feel the need for speed, the Brooklyn Street Circuit in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY is the perfect pitstop. And while the track is occupied by FormulaE champions, we couldn’t help but think the ragtag trio of Adam Driver, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Craig in LOGAN LUCKY would feel an irresistible pull to this exhilarating venue.