New York Public Library: Movie Location for Ghostbusters Movie
If you were to ask anyone to think of a movie set in New York, they will likely respond with “New York Public Library,” and it is the setting for one the most successful films ever: Ghostbusters.
Though not particularly high on the list of recognizable landmarks in Manhattan, this location was chosen mostly because it also doubles as a library –which is a perfect place for a Ghostbuster to conduct research –and because it is located in one of the most atmospheric areas of the city.
Ghostbusters was a big success, and after its release, many came to see this library as a tourist attraction thanks to the scenes that take place inside. Interestingly, though it is often thought of as a New York landmark, the library only served as a location for exterior shots –the interior scenes were all shot on a sound stage. If you visit the library today and walk inside, you’ll find that it doesn’t look anything like it does in the movie.
Still, the building’s classic exterior is beautiful enough that it has led to its inclusion in other movies, such as Superman Returns.
The building was opened in 1911 and originally called the Central Building. It was renamed for former New York Governor Al Smith after he donated money to expand the library, but locals still refer to it by its original title.
The library is open to the public Monday through Saturday, and it’s a great place to visit if you’re interested in learning more about the history of New York City. It’s also free to enter, so be sure to add it to your list of things to do the next time you’re in Manhattan.
Important Facts about New York Public Library
New York Public Library is located at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan. The library offers a few services, such as computer use, but doesn’t offer any story times or other events specific to children. Its current hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission is free to the public.
The exterior of New York Public Library was used as a movie location in Ghostbusters, Superman Returns, and Seinfeld. Interior scenes in Ghostbusters were shot on a sound stage. The library was opened in 1911 and originally called the Central Building. It was renamed for former New York Governor Al Smith after he donated money to expand the library. Admission is free to the public.
Accommodations Near The Area:
If you’re looking for a place to stay near New York Public Library, consider one of the following nearby hotels:
• The Roosevelt Hotel
• The Helmsley Palace Hotel
• The Hilton New York
• The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
These are all located within walking distance of the library. You can also find other budget-friendly hotels near Times Square.
When you’re done here, visit the museum associations, tours & boat rides page to explore more things to do in NYC!
I hope this short article has helped you become more familiar with New York Public Library. If you have any questions for us, please feel free to ask in the comments section below!