8. Bethesda Terrace in Central Park
Located within Central Park overlooking The Lake, Bethesda Terrace has been used in a wide range of movies from The Producers to Godspell to Home Alone 2. But it was perhaps the 1996 film One Fine Day starring George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer that established the terrace as a distinguished filming location in New York City. The film is about two strangers, Clooney and Pfeiffer, whose lives intertwine when their children miss the bus for a field trip, causing them to spend the day with their children and each other. In a famous scene, the two parents and their children are splashing in puddles and racing through the lower level of the terrace.
The “heart” of Central Park is a grand two level terrace that was one of the first structures to be built in the park. The upper level runs nears 72nd St. while the lower level and fountain are connected to the Mall, accessible by a gorgeous walk through the park. It was completed in 1864 and designed to be the premier gathering location by park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Bethesda Terrace is widely considered to be home to one of the more beautiful views in all of New York City, which can easily explain why it has become a film favorite for shooting locations.