New York City is one of the most famous backdrops for movies. It provides the perfect scenery for all types of movies whether it is action, drama, comedy, nonfiction, or fiction. In our years of working in New York, we have walked by many live sets of films being produced on the busy streets of New York City. If you’re ever lucky enough to stumble upon a live set, take a few minutes and watch. Then, get the name of the movie from one of the producers and go watch it on the Big Screen when the movie comes out!
At Love NYC Souvenirs, we thought it would be fun to list some Iconic New York movies and a souvenir you can purchase on our website that corresponds to that movie. Here are some of them.
In The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Jordan Belfort and his partner, Donny Azoff, start a brokerage firm called Stratton Oakmont in the early ’90s. Their company quickly grows to a staff of more than 250. However as their reputation grows on Wall Street, their corruption along the way catches the attention of the Federal Government. That leads to their inevitable downfall. The Wall Street Charging Bull which stands on Broadway right by Wall Street is a symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity. It draws thousands of tourists each day! Get your very own Wall Street Charging Bull figurine!
The Empire State Building is an important feature in many movies. King Kong (1933), a story of the giant ape who falls for a beautiful blonde actress, has been retold and remade many times. But the 1933 movie starring Fay Wray is what first immortalized the image of King Kong swatting away airplanes on top of the Empire State Building. Our iconic 4” replica of king kong holding on to the top of the empire state building is a great remembrance of the original King Kong movie. You can also get a 3D model of the Empire State Building alone.
Taxi Driver (1976) is a 1976 American psychological thriller. Set in a decaying and morally bankrupt New York City following the Vietnam War, the film tells the story of Travis Bickle, a lonely taxi driver who descends into insanity as he plots to assassinate both the presidential candidate for whom the woman he is infatuated with works, and the pimp of an underage prostitute he befriends. Our 65mm New York taxi snow globe features some of New York City’s iconic landmarks. The taxi cab is checkered just as it is in the movie!
Saturday Night Fever (1977) tells the story about Tony Manero, a working-class young man who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a local Brooklyn discothèque; Stephanie Mangano, his dance partner and eventual confidante; and Donna Pescow as Annette, Tony's former dance partner and would-be girlfriend. While in the disco, Tony is the champion dancer. His circle of friends and weekend dancing help him to cope with the harsh realities of his life: a dead-end job, clashes with his unsupportive and squabbling parents, racial tensions in the local community, and his general restlessness. This old fashioned Brooklyn license plate is a great reminder of Brooklyn in 1977 and is a great remembrance of driving to the discotheque.
Manhattan’s got an otherworldly pest problem in Ivan Reitman’s blockbuster supernatural comedy, Ghostbusters (1984). Ghosts are among the stacks in the New York Public Library; they’re in and around Central Park; they’re even hiding in a scared-stiff street vendor’s hot-dog cart. Is Santa serving hot dogs or ghosts in this cute hot dog cart Christmas ornament?
In the 1960s and ’70s, the NYPD was rife with corruption. In the movie Serpico (1973), Frank Serpico was an atypical New York City cop, who chose to live in Greenwich Village and refused to take bribes. Based on a true story, starring Al Pacino, it’s a classic artifact of New York’s grimier days. The NYPD, the primary law enforcement agency within New York City, is now recognized globally as one of the premier police forces in the world. Get your very own officially licensed NYPD adjustable cap from Love NYC Souvenirs!
In the movie The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984), Kermit the Frog proved to be an unexpectedly relatable avatar for the many who have come to New York City with huge aspirations only to experience dashed dreams and empty pockets – and yet still be swept up by the city’s allure. The reality check continued for the lovable frog: He’s kicked out of Sardi’s, turned into a Madison Avenue advertising agency’s prop, and subjected to ear-splitting sounds of rage simply dismissed as “it’s New York” (it’s naturally Ms. Piggy in a fit of jealousy). Even then-mayor Ed Koch joined in on the fun with a cameo. This cute Statue of Liberty puppet is great for any kid. It is made of soft plush and the mouth is made moveable by your hand.
There are countless films set in New York City it’s impossible to list them all. But, we want gift shopping to be easy for you so we listed the best gift or souvenir ideas for all the film buffs in your life (or for you, if you are a movie lover too). At Love NYC Souvenirs, you’ll surely find gifts for everyone! Browse now!