NYC launches film, TV location tours

Matthew Modine, Julianna Margulies narrate podcasts

Katherine Oliver, head of the New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, has launched "Made in NY: Walking Tours of Film and Television Locations in New York City." Narrated by Julianna Margulies and Matthew Modine, the tours consists of free, downloadable podcasts that serve as guides to sites of famous location shoots in the city.

"Now New Yorkers and visitors will have the opportunity to experience the city's rich filmmaking history for themselves," Oliver said. "The podcasts highlight so many of those iconic moments that have made New York City synonymous with film and television. There's cinematic history on practically every corner, and these podcasts serve as a testament to the thousands of production professionals -- both past and present -- who call New York City home."

Inspired by the recent illustrated book "Scenes from the City: Filmmaking in New York," the podcasts were written by "Scenes" editor and architect James Sanders.

The first two podcast tours focus on lower Manhattan.

Tour 1 begins in the heart of Tribeca at the permanent home of the Tribeca Film Festival and features locations from films and television shows like "Ghostbusters," "Law & Order," "Kramer vs. Kramer," "Sophie's Choice," "Annie Hall," "Green Card" and "The Wiz." Tour 1 ends at City Hall, where Tour 2 picks up, featuring such films and television shows as "30 Rock," "Enchanted," "Wall Street," "Desperately Seeking Susan," "Patterns," "Working Girl" and "Men in Black."

The podcasts can be downloaded at