We’ve seen time and time again in movies and TV shows people moving to NYC to take a chance on their dream. In fact, NYC has been the backdrop on the big screen time and time again—almost too many times to count!
The American Home Shield analyzed data from IMDb to uncover the most filmed streets in the United States, and, while California’s Hollywood Boulevard takes the title for the Most Filmed Street in the U.S. out of 50 spots, NYC is home to 18 of those top 50.
Outside of California, the most filmed street is NYC’s Park Avenue, racking up 61 IMDb credits. From dramas like Person of Interest and The Devil’s Advocate to I Am Legend and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Park Avenue isn’t a stranger to the silver screen. Following Park Avenue is Broadway, with 51 IMDb credits.
The following graphic shows the top 10 most filmed streets in New York:
Much of filmmaking, especially when the show or movie features imaginary worlds, is done in controlled studio environments. The real world is noisy, has unpredictable weather, and filmmakers have much more control over each and every aesthetic detail when filming in a studio.
However, the busyness of streets, weather-worn buildings, natural light, and local non-actors in the background adds much more authenticity to a set—and that’s particularly true in a city as iconic as New York, so it’s no surprise 10 of our beloved city streets are some of the most filmed spots in the world.
Head to American Home Shield’s website to see the full study. And who knows—maybe if you hangout at some of these streets in your spare time you’ll get lucky and become an extra on a set!