What you'll do
My 95 minute walking tour takes you on a film & fiction adventure in Manhattan's historic Carnegie Hill neighborhood (a.k.a. "Museum Mile"). The noon tour starts at the Guggenheim Museum (88th & 5th) and ends at the Metropolitan Museum. See filming locations ("The Fisher King," "Marathon Man," "American Psycho"), homes of literary icons (J.D. Salinger, Truman Capote), Central Park, and the impressive architecture of one of the country's oldest, wealthiest, and most popular filming locations in the world. We'll even catch glimpses of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. We'll see the beautiful stained glass murals in The Church of Heavenly Rest where Keanu Reeves meets Charlize Theron in "The Devil's Advocate" and glimpse a variety of waterbirds inhabiting the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park! We'll see the impressive Andrew Carnegie Mansion (a.k.a. The Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design) and dig the French Gothic Chateau style of The Jewish Museum while checking out filming locations from movies such as "Arthur," "Maid In Manhattan," "Men In Black," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Cactus Flower," "Mr. Popper's Penguins," "Ransom," "Melinda and Melinda," "When Harry Met Sally," "Working Girl," and "The International." We might even see a celebrity. Bette Midler and Eric Larson sightings have each delighted recent tours.
I'm 24-year veteran film critic and historian Cole Smithey. My popular website ColeSmithey.com, and Craft Beer & Film Podcast LA GRANDE BOUFFE (THE BIG FEAST), provides movie-lovers with a wealth of audio, video, and print entertainment online. Since 1997 I've lived in Carnegie Hill along Museum Mile where tons of movies have used locations amid the neighborhood's 19 different styles of architecture. "American Animals" and HBO's "The Hunt" are two recent projects that feature Carnegie Hill locations. Andy Warhol, J.D. Salinger, Mike Nichols, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Truman Capote, Sidney Lumet, and Anthony Bourdain have all lived in this wonderful neighborhood that I have the joyous pleasure of sharing with you. Let me take you on a wonderful film and fiction adventure through Carnegie Hill! We might even see a celebrity.
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Where you'll be
We'll soak up Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Guggenheim Museum, the waterbird sanctuary of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park, the Carnegie Mansion, the Palazzo-styled Kahn Mansion, the Jewish Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. See former and current homes of Robert Redford, Ralph Lauren, Katie Couric, Bette Midler, J.D. Salinger, Truman Capote, William Friedkin, and Marlene Dietrich.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.
If it looks rainy, bring an umbrella. Wear comfortable shoes.
5th & Park: Film/Fiction Walking Tour