You may think you know the city that never sleeps, but Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is going to show you a side of New York that you've only seen on the big screen.
Launching August 22, TCM presents the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City. The tour is the result of a partnership with On Location Tours - the folks who brought you the Sex and the City Hotspots and Sopranos Sites tours and the TMZ Tour New York.
Featuring stops at some of the most famous movie locations throughout the city, the sightseeing bus tour is just one of several initiatives TCM has in store as the network prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary in April 2014.
"Over the past two decades, TCM has evolved into a highly respected brand that goes beyond the television screen to provide fans with real-life experiences," said Dennis Adamovich, senior vice president of digital, affiliate, lifestyle and enterprise commerce, TCM, TBS and TNT. "The 'TCM Classic Film Tour' in New York is a terrific opportunity for movie lovers to connect with the TCM brand and share their passion for great films in a unique way."
The three-hour tour will run Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays beginning at 11:30 a.m. and will feature some of New York's most iconic filming locations, including the Empire State Building (featured in King Kong, of course), Zabar's market (Manhattan), Holly Golightly's brownstone from Breakfast at Tiffany's, the famous (or infamous, depending how you look at it) subway grate from The Seven Year Itch and more.
The tour also features a video introduction by TCM host Robert Osborne. A longtime New York resident, Osborne tells tour guests in his introduction, "As a kid growing up in a small town in Washington State, my only exposure to New York City was through the movies. The town with its towering skyscrapers, fascinating people and teeming energy absolutely captivated me. Seeing New York in the movies is what made me want to live in Manhattan one day. I eventually got my wish, and the city has never disappointed me."
You can book your seat on the TCM Classic Film Tour online or by calling (212) 913-9780.