Here are seven of the most iconic Ghostbusters filming locations around the city, from the picturesque green at the center of Columbia University, to an active, historic firehouse on a quiet corner in Tribeca.Less
Guarded by a pair of stoic stone lions, Patience and Fortitude, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is a closed-stack research library with 2.5 million volumes in its collection. Visitors are encouraged to request materials (including maps, art prints, photographs, and rare books) at least 24 hours in advance; NYPL’s largest circulating branch, the newly-renovated Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, is located across Fifth Avenue from the main building.
When the ghostbusters return to their office at a university, the dean informs them that the Board of Regents has decided to terminate their grant—and sends them packing. In reality, there is no Weaver Hall (or department of paranormal studies) at Columbia University, but several scenes were filmed on location at the Ivy League’s Morningside Heights main campus.
Despite serious misgivings about the building’s structural integrity, the ghostbusters decide to set up headquarters in a dilapidated, decommissioned firehouse on North Moore Street. Interior scenes were filmed in LA, but exterior shots of the early-1900s Beaux-Arts building instantly made the still-active firehouse a popular tourist destination. FDNY Hook and Ladder Company 8 doesn’t offer official tours, but if the door is open, ask a firefighter to show you around.
In real life, this 19-floor residential co-op located on the Upper West Side has been home to Ginger Rogers, Calvin Klein, and music mogul David Geffen. In Ghostbusters, it’s the residence of cellist Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver), accountant Louis Tully (Rick Moranis), and the Cult of Gozer. Stantz refers to the paranormal property as “Spook Central,” but unlike some of its high profile neighbors—including the Dakota and the San Remo—the art deco building has never had an official name.
After successful ghostbusting attempts, Venkman reconnects with Barrett as she’s leaving orchestra rehearsal at Lincoln Center. As they walk around the fountain in the center of Josie Robertson Plaza, Venkman tells Barrett that there’s been a break in her case—and asks her out on a date. Located between West 65th and 62nd streets and Columbus and Amsterdam avenues on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the performing arts complex is home to the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Ballet.
After a red-eyed “bear” follows Tully into the park, he tries in vain to get help from patrons at Tavern on the Green. Housed in a former sheepfold next to Sheep Meadow, the restaurant opened in 1934. After closing in 2009, the building was used as a visitor center by the city until a multi-million-dollar renovation; it reopened as a restaurant serving lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch in 2014.
Now imbued with the sinister spirit of The Keymaster, Tully ends up at the southwest corner of Central Park at Columbus Circle. Located at the intersection of 8th Avenue and West 59th Street, the popular gathering space is home to an information kiosk, bike rentals, food trucks, and pop-up holiday markets.