The city of Manhattan holds a special place in the hearts of Woody Allen fans. It was here that two of the actor-director’s most iconic films – Annie Hall and Manhattan – were shot. Get the full experience of Woody’s New York City masterpieces with a stroll through some of the sites depicted in the two movies.
1 Alvy Singer and Annie Hall first meet at the now-defunct Wall Street Racquet Club on Pier 13, so start your walk downtown with a game of squash at the nearby New York Health & Racquet Club at 39 Whitehall Street, between Pearl and Water Streets (+1 212 269 9800). If you’re an avid squash player, you may want to join this club – even if you are of the Alvy mind-set and would never want to belong to a club that would have someone like yourself as a member.
2 Walk northeast to South Street Seaport for a view of the Brooklyn Bridge, the gorgeous backdrop for the scene in which Alvy and Annie profess their love for each other.
3 Hail a cab and head up Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive. However frightening the ride is, just be grateful Annie isn’t the one making the car dodge trucks and cones as you hang on for dear life.
4 Get out at Riverview Terrace at Sutton Square (East 58th Street at the East River) for the view of the Queensboro Bridge that capped, in Manhattan, Isaac Davis and Mary Wilkie’s unofficial first date.
5 Journey northwest to the new Beekman Theater at 1271 Second Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets (+1 212 585 4141). At the original Beekman, which was across the street at 1254 Second Avenue but has since been torn down, two pushy fans pester Alvy for an autograph before Annie shows up for their date.
6 Head west on 66th Street towards Central Park, then south to 59th. Hop in a buggy to recreate Tracy and Isaac’s ‘corny’ (and last) date in Manhattan.
7 Ditch your ride at Central Park South and set out for the Empire Hotel’s rooftop bar on the 12th floor at 44 West 63rd Street at Broadway (+1 212 956 3313) to remake the balcony scene on Annie’s rooftop.
8 Next, hike up to the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History, on 81st Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue (+1 212 769 5200), the updated version of the Hayden Planetarium, where Isaac and Mary escape during an electric storm.
9 After checking out the expanding universe, work on expanding your stomach at Zabar’s located at 2245 Broadway between 80th and 81st Streets (+1 212 787 2000), the quintessential New York market experience, which Isaac and Tracy walk by. And that concludes your wonderful tour of the movies.