NYC’s Most Iconic Filming Locations: Times Square
Narrated by Cara Cusumano, Tribeca Festival Director & VP Programming for the Tribeca Film Festival
Adored and reviled by New Yorkers in equal measure, it can be tempting to view Times Square as the space in which the best and worst of New York City coexist. It can be hard to argue this perspective when viewing how films have depicted the area over the years. Times Square’s seedier side emerges in films such as Midnight Cowboy, Shaft, and Taxi Driver, where often lone protagonists fight against the forces that be in order to seek a sense of belonging and self worth. Given Times Square’s place in the American consciousness as a gathering place to witness significant events such as the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, countless action movies have been set here for impact. Captain America: The First Avenger and films in the Spider-Man franchise have all been shot here over the years, securing the site's enduring legacy as the playground of visitors the world over visiting New York City. The image of a bustling Times Square is so iconic that films like Vanilla Sky and I Am Legend can create instantly durable cinematic images simply by depicting it empty.