“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would buy you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” – NY152
Ahhh, You’ve Got Mail. One of my all-time favorite movies. It has romance. It has humor. It has New York in all seasons. It has Tom Hanks!
In all the times I’ve visited New York City I’ve never done a You’ve Got Mail filming locations tour! What?! But I’m glad I waited until our visit last week because a) it was fall (the best season) and b) I got to do it with my sister, who is not a repeat movie watcher with the exception of this film. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this tour!
I T I S K A T H L E E N K E L L Y
But he goes in anyway and pretends he’s just bumped into her.
The cafe is just as charming as it appears in the film! I actually went to dinner here with a ballet friend the evening these photos were taken, but I knew my sister would kill me if she didn’t get to go, so we started our day with breakfast here the following morning!
Cafe Lalo is located at 201 West 83rd Street.
H E L L O , N E W J E R S E Y !
Early in the movie we learn that Joe has a boat that he keeps docked on the Hudson River. His brother and aunt (who are mere children) come to visit one morning and frown upon a boat ride. They attend a street fair instead and eventually wander into Kathleen’s bookstore.gif via
Joe Fox’s boat dock is located at the 79th Street Boat Basin.
S H O P G I R L
The Shop Around the Corner location is a great example of movie magic. Apart from the curve of the window, the space currently has zero charm. When we arrived here my sister asked why we had stopped because she didn’t recognize the location at all!
I feel like I’ve read that the shop interiors were filmed on a soundstage, but I also remember reading that this was a cheese shop at the time, so it was cleared out and staged for the movie. I guess it could be a combination of both, seeing as how even in the shot above they would have had to dress the inside.
The Shop Around the Corner exterior is located at 106 West 69th Street (69th & Columbus).
H A P P Y T H A N K S G I V I N G B A C K
We can all feel Kathleen’s mortification when she’s so preoccupied with avoiding Joe in the grocery store that she doesn’t realize she’s gone through a “cash only” lane at checkout. To Kathleen’s embarrassment and disapproval, Joe comes to the rescue by charming the cashier into running Kathleen’s credit card.
Zabar’s is located at 2245 Broadway (at 80th Street).
I H O P E Y O U R M A N G O ‘ S R I P E
I love the montage early in the movie where we learn Kathleen and Joe live in the same neighborhood and frequent the same establishments, often moments apart from each other. I particularly love the shot here at Verdi Square.
This is also the same spot later in the movie where they sit on a bench together and Kathleen says “Wow, I keep on bumping into you”. To which Joe replies, “Hey, you want to bump into me on, say, Saturday around lunchtime? Over there?”
Verdi Square is located at 72nd Street where Broadway and Amsterdam intersect.
H E C O U L D B E T H A T G U Y R I G H T T H E R E
The day Kathleen finally goes to meet her mister perfect NY152, she first has lunch with Joe at Gray’s Papaya. screen cap viaMy cousin, Nan, took me here a few years ago since it’s a classic UWS establishment. We got ourselves Recession Specials and stood at the same spot Joe and Kathleen stood in the movie – though I did not realize this at the time! Also, these hot dogs are delicious and you should definitely try them when in NY!
Gray’s Papaya is located at 72nd Street & Broadway.
K A T H L E E N ‘ S A P A R T M E N T
It appears that the cute gold intercom was just a movie prop and the front doors are slightly different, but damn, it’s so, so charming, right? I’m ready to move in!
Kathleen Kelly’s brownstone is located at 328 West 89th Street, between West End and Riverside.
I W A N T E D I T T O B E Y O U
“There’s a place in Riverside Park where the path curves and there’s garden. Brinkley and I will be waiting.”
If you haven’t had enough charm yet, keep heading west on Kathleen’s street and you’ll end up at Riverside Park. Walk north to 91st Street where, indeed, the path curves and there’s a garden! I highly recommend taking a walk over here even if you don’t care about this movie. It’s so beautiful!
The final meeting spot is the 91st Street Garden in Riverside Park.
Buying your ticket to New York yet? :) There are more locations in the area (everything is walkable distance on the Upper West Side!) but these were the ones we wanted to see the most. Other locations to see are Barney Greengrass, Starbucks, the Fox Books building, the faked entrance to Joe’s apartment, the outdoor restaurant, and H&H Bagel (RIP). This BuzzFeed article has a great overview map of the locations.
I want to know – what’s your favorite scene or line from You’ve Got Mail?! Leave a comment :)