04/16/14 12:00pm

Month of Scorsese-Martin Scorsese-After Hours-NYC-Film Locations-Untapped CitiesMartin Scorsese & Griffin Dunne (Photo via Hazardous Operations)

In the mid 80′s Martin Scorsese was not in a good place career-wise. You would think that after making films like Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and The King of Comedy, studios would just let the man make the movies he wants to make, without any hassle. However, Paramount Pictures decided to stop production on Scorsese’s dream project The Last Temptation of Christ, due to budgetary concerns and pressure from religious groups. The entire ordeal frustrated Scorsese; who after rejecting many scripts, decided to film a black comedy that takes place almost entirely in Soho. In our second to last installment of the #MonthofScorsese film locations series, we present the NYC film locations for 1985′s After Hours. (more…)

04/10/14 12:00pm

Month of Scorsese-Martin Scorsese-Taxi Driver-Robert De Niro-Untapped Cities-Film Locations-NYCRobert De Niro and Martin Scorsese filming Taxi Driver (Photo via The Hollywood Reporter)

This is our second installment in our month long look back at the NYC films of Martin Scorsese. This week, we look into the locations for one Marty’s masterpieces: the depressing and violent crime film Taxi Driver. Winner of the coveted Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976 and nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. This film was somewhat responsible for the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. After viewing the film, John Hinckley Jr began fantasizing about killing Reagan to impress Jodie Foster. Hopefully none of you try anything so drastic as we go through 10 NYC locations used in Scorsese’s classic.


04/03/14 10:00am

Mean StreetMartin Scorsese on the corner of Hester & Baxter Streets 1973 (Photo via The Hollywood Reporter)

This April, we at Untapped Cities have decided to pay homage to one of the most influential and honored directors of all time: Martin Scorsese. Scorsese has set 11 films in New York City, some of them inspired by his own experiences growing up in Lower Manhattan’s Little Italy, others exploring the cultural history of the city. Scorsese is one of only a handful of directors whose work is synonymous with New York and can be seen as a portal to the city’s grittier and darker past. In this first of four installments, we will take a look at five locations for his 1973 crime drama Mean Streets. (more…)

03/28/14 12:00pm

Noah Baumbach’s 2013 comedy-drama Frances Ha, follows a 27 year old directionless alternative dancer named Frances (played by the director’s wife Greta Gerwig), who is trying to figure out her life. We watch as Francis tries to get it together in Sacramento, Paris, Upstate New York. and of course, NYC.

Shot in black and white, reminiscent of Woody Allen’s Manhattan. This film could have easily fallen into being labeled “White People Problems: The Movie,” but is actually a funny and insightful coming-of-age tale that many of us can relate to. Here are 10 NYC locations for Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha.

1. Tompkins Square Park

Frances HA-Untapped Cities-Christopher Inoa-Greta Gerwig-Noah Baumbach-Thompson Square Park-NYC-Film Locations-Alphabet CityFrances and Sophie fake fighting (Photo via IFC Films)


03/19/14 10:00am

Throughout his career, Wes Anderson has set each of his films in an idiosyncratic and highly stylized world. Yet, only one of his eight films is set in NYC: The Royal Tenebaums, widely considered his masterpiece. In celebration of Wes Anderson’s latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel, we present eight NYC film locations featured in The Royal Tenenbaums.

1. The Tenenbaum House

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The house that Royal Tenenbaum bought “on Archer Avenue in the winter of his 35th year” is on 144th Street and Covenant Avenue in Harlem, just north of City College. Anderson and his location scout found this house before he began working on the script. After a few unsuccessful trips in Brooklyn, the director—who at first wanted to shoot his fictional take on NYC—on a soundstage, begin to conjure up the concept of the film as soon as he walked in. The house was unoccupied at the time of production, so Anderson rented it for six months and shot multiple exterior and interior shots there, transforming it into what we see in the film. The house is now a private residence. (more…)

03/13/14 12:00pm

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A classic love story, told in two different ways. Samuel A. Taylor’s romantic comedy play Sabrina Fair has been adapted twice for the silver screen. The first time was in 1954, filming on location in Long Island and on sets in Hollywood, California. Three time Academy Award winner Billy Wilder led an all-star cast featuring Academy Award winners William Holden, Humphrey Bogart, and Audrey HepburnThe costumes worn by Hepburn were designed by five time Academy Award winning costume designer Edith Head and would become American fashion sensations.

The second made in 1995 stars a competent cast made up of Harrison Ford, Julie Ormond and Greg Kinnear, and directed by Academy Award winner Sydney Pollack. Filming also took place on location in Long Island, as well as Paris, France and Martha’s Vineyard. The remake does not have the same reputation as the original, but what the two versions do share are beautiful film locations. Here is a list of locations used in both the 1954 and 1995 versions.