New Bus Tour Spotlights Classic Manhattan TV and Film Sets
By Della Hasselle
MIDTOWN WEST — The bus tour company responsible for the "Sex and the City" and "Sopranos" tours has launched a new route, featuring sites of more than 50 classic TV shows and films, including "The Honeymooners" and "Breakfast At Tiffany's."
The Classic New York TV and Movie Sites Bus Tour, run by On Location Tours, breaks down movie history in Manhattan by neighborhood and differs from the other tours the company offers because it's specifically focused on customers with an old-fashioned state of mind, owner Georgette Blau said.
"It's definitely a smaller number of people — movie buffs, older people, people nostalgic for older TV shows and movies," Blau said. "It's nice because it has a little bit more history."
Highlights from the classic tour include filming locations on the Upper East Side where crews filmed parts of Dustin Hoffman's "Marathon Man," Dudley Moore's "Arthur" and Melanie Griffith's "Working Girl."
Manhattan's commercial-centric Midtown is also explored during the tour, and points of interest include a subway grate that provided the blast of air for Marilyn Monroe's famous wardrobe malfunction in "The Seven Year Itch," as well as the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, featured in Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis' 1970 comedy "The Out of Towners" and the Plaza Hotel, where Robert Redford and Mia Farrow filmed "The Great Gatsby."
The tour's premiere, which coincided with Valentine's Day, was led by Joyce Randolph, who played "Trixie" in "The Honeymooners."
"It was so funny. Because she's in her eighties, we didn't know what the reaction would be," Blau said. "But people stepped on the bus and they were so into her. It was great."
While the appreciation for Randolph wasn't lost on Blau, she does wonder about some of the other movie trivia most requested on the tour, such as the locations in Director Nora Ephron's 1998 love story, "You've Got Mail."
"Anything before 1990 is now considered a classic," Blau lamented. "It's kind of scary."