NYC extravaganza – part GHOSTBUSTERS

So the best part of my trip to NYC was that I got to see all the real-life sites of the Ghostbusters movie. We watch that movie at least once a month, so as excited as I was, it was even more essential that I catalogue these places for the kiddos back home.

The first building, which I found quite by accident, was the church next to Dana’s apartment building. You know, the one that gets squooshed by the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man?

Originally, I took this photo because it was quite picturesque. And I didn't realize until later that it was *the* church I was looking for!
Originally, I took this photo because it was quite picturesque. And I didn’t realize until later that it was *the* church I was looking for!

Next, as I wandered through Central Park, I managed to find the apartment building itself!

Here is so-called "Spook Central" itself. Unfortunately, it seemed to be undergoing some refinishing, so the tarps take away from the looks a bit.
Here is so-called “Spook Central”. Unfortunately, it seemed to be undergoing some refinishing, so the tarps take away from the looks a bit.
Another view of the apartment building. There was obviously some "movie magic" going on to make it look more imposing in the movie itself. But you can see the platforms on the penthouses!
Another view of the apartment building. There was obviously some “movie magic” going on to make it look more imposing in the movie itself. But you can see the platforms on the penthouses!

A few days later, I found the library.

Another iconic shot. The stairs heading up to the library, where they find the first ghost!
Another iconic shot. The stairs heading up to the library, where they find the first ghost!
The lions guarding the entrance. Also haunted, I assume.
The lions guarding the entrance. Also haunted, I assume.
And here's where they run out after being scared by the library ghost. It's like I was standing in the same place as the film crew. Wow!
And here’s where they run out after being scared by the library ghost. It’s like I was standing in the same place as the film crew. Wow!

And the piece de resistance:

And the money shot: the Ghostbusters firehouse. Still looking the same (though much smaller in real life)!
And the money shot: the Ghostbusters firehouse. Still looking the same (though much smaller in real life)!

Funny story about the firehouse. I dragged my dad and friend on the subway all the way uptown to find this firehouse. I had the address and I was fairly sure we could get to it from the subway stop. But when we came up the stairs from underground, we stood around for a few minutes, struggling to get our bearings. My map wasn’t quite good enough. Then suddenly – there it was! It was literally across the street from the subway station. Too bad the garbage truck blocked our view, but it was still a great victory and a great way to finish off my Ghostbusters tour.

Next time, I’ll try to find Slimer.

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