The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

Take a Self-Guided NYC Walking Tour of Iconic TV/Film Locations

Posted by on Friday, November 10th, 2017

If you’ve been in an NYC hotel lately—like The Manhattan in Times Square, the Warwick, the Hilton Times Square, the Lexington Hotel, or The Paul Hotel—you may have noticed the digital concierge machines in the lobby areas. Now, NYC visitors can take customized self-guided walking tours of NYC filming locations with the Porter 24 service. Once a route is finalized, the complete itinerary will be sent to your email via your smartphone. A digital postcard feature lets travelers send personalized memories of their visits as they go.

As NYC podiatrists, we highly recommend taking one of these tours as an easy, affordable way to enjoy an active vacation. Just make sure you have a decent pair of athletic shoes, then hit the streets to explore the iconic film/TV locations our great city has to offer.

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Love Seinfeld? Visit Tom’s Restaurant, the iconic “Monk’s Cafe” diner featured in the show, on a self-guided NYC walking tour of iconic TV/film locations! Image Source: Wikimedia user MGA73bot2.

The History of Film in NYC

Hollywood and London were the earliest film hot-spots in the world, with some films occasionally shot in Paris or Las Vegas, where hotel deals were aplenty. New York City wasn’t really on the TV/film radar until the 1940’s, with the filming of The Naked City, a two-time Oscar winner starring Barry Fitzgerald and Dorothy Hart. A decade later, two NYC-based films made a splash when On the Waterfront won eight Oscars and Marty won three Oscars, including “Best Picture.” We love the website OnTheSetOfNewYork.com, which chronicles all the TV shows, films, and most recognizable locations in the Big Apple.

NYC Film Tours

If you don’t mind paying for a tour guide, there are plenty of ways to see iconic NYC film locations. Some tours are focused on hit shows like Sex and the City, the Sopranos, Gossip Girl, Seinfeld, Friends, When Harry Met Sally, Glee, Mad Men, or The Real Housewives of NYC. You can also take tours based on superheroes, Turner Classic Movies, holiday lights and movie sites, or NBC film locations. Some tours take you by bus, while others are more foot-based, so it takes a bit of research to find the best fit for your desires. You can expect to pay anywhere from $49 to over $100 for a guided trip to various locations around New York.

The Porter24 NYC Film Location Walking Tour

The benefit of the Porter24 tour is that it’s 100% free and goes at your pace. You can skip locations or linger longer at spots to grab a bite to eat, take photos, read more about filming at the location, or send your virtual postcards.

Destinations featured in the New York City walking tour include:

  • Jerry Seinfeld’s apartments
  • Monk’s Cafe from Seinfeld (Tom’s Restaurant)
  • The New York Public Library, where Jerry deals with Mr. Bookman, the library detective.
  • The Paris Theatre, where Carrie from Sex and the City decides to date the city of New York.
  • The Cafeteria, where the Sex and the City fabulous four regularly dined.
  • The Boathouse, where Carrie and Big fall into a pond.
  • The Church of the Transfiguration, where Sex and the City’s Samantha tries to seduce a priest.
  • The Columbus Circle Fountain, where Carrie and Aidan realized it was never going to work out after her affair with Big.
  • The Plaza Hotel, featured in films like Home Alone, Crocodile Dundee, Bride Wars, and Almost Famous.
  • The Brooklyn Bridge, featured in Sex and the City, Transformers, Limitless, Enchanted, and The French Connection.

Of course, you won’t want to miss a stroll through Central Park, which has been featured in countless films and TV shows!

If your feet are aching, you can reach our NYC podiatry office on foot in just seven minutes by taking East 88th from the Guggenheim on Museum Mile. We accept walk-ins and most insurance plans. Whether you need a cortisone shot to address acute pain, an offloading boot to help a twisted ankle, shoe selection advice, custom orthotic inserts, a professional opinion on a bunion, or an accurate diagnosis for inexplicable pain, we are fully equipped to serve you! Contact us today for more information or to book an appointment.

If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.