Walk to the locations of iconic scenes to discuss the film genre before enjoying a movie screening.
- Jennifer Armstrong and Erin Carlson are entertainment writers
- Find famous movie sites from past to present and discover the heyday of chick flicks
- Relax inside a bar for a film screening and discussion of “You’ve Got Mail”
From the early days of Billy Wilder to superstars like Meryl Streep, romantic comedies changed the face of American cinema, and saw a particular surge in popularity with legendary writers like Nora Ephron. Many of these classic films were set in New York, using the city backdrop as crucial for capturing the story’s magic.
Film and culture experts Jennifer Armstrong and Erin Carlson have a long history with the genre. Jennifer’s first childhood fan letter recipient was none other than Nora Ephron, and she continued on to become a senior writer at “Entertainment Weekly” before penning her own books on pop culture. Erin, on the other hand, has a particular penchant for John Cusack films, and currently works as staff editor at “The Hollywood Reporter.”
Join the pop culture experts for an idyllic fall stroll to the locations of classic movie scenes. See sites from films like “When Harry Met Sally,” “You’ve Got Mail” and early classics like Billy Wilder’s “The Apartment.” As you walk, pick up inside stories, bits of trivia and insights into the genre. Conclude the day by relaxing at a bar for a film screening of “You’ve Got Mail” followed by a discussion.
Meet the Host
Both Jennifer and Erin admit that their lives resemble a romantic comedy (although they say it’s often heavier on the comedy than the romance). Jennifer grew up loving all things chick flick, and penned her first fan letter to Nora Ephron. She wrote for “Entertainment Weekly” for a decade, mainly...More about this host
Grainne O HaraA fun tour with two ladies who are very enthusiastic about their subject matter!
Natalie HairstonWe planned this tour well in advance of our visit to NYC after seeing the review in the NY Times, but I was extremely disappointed. Be prepared to WALK - we met at 78th and ended up at 107th. We had the option to take a cab (this wasn't mentioned in the description and we had already spent $35 for the tour.) Tour is based on "You've Got Mail," but the name is "Rom Com Film Sites." I was used to a few Big Onion walking tours, where the PhD guides used a stack of index cards to ensure they didn't miss any facts and it was educational. This tour consisted of walking to the front of a building and explaining the location (Nora Ephron lived here, Kathleen Kelly lived here, here is the Starbucks, here is the cafe, the Upper West Side is this long and this wide, etc.) There wasn't much mention of "during filming this/that" or inside information about the script/locations. There was a "You've Got Mail" trivia game throughout the tour. The movie screening of You’ve Got Mail was in a dark basement at a bar on 107th, but we ended up leaving after waiting 45 minutes because the A/V equipment wasn't working (missing cord) and didn't see the film. They sent someone to Radio Shack, but our group of six decided to go to dinner instead.
Richard PaoliWe enjoyed the evening. Jennifer and Erin know their subject and it was a a pleasant and entertaining tour. Robin and Richard Paoli
Jenn GrabenstetterJenn and Erin were charming tour guides. It was a perfect, crisp fall day on the Upper West Side - perfect for a You've Got Mail inspired stroll. Would prefer to skip the movie watching and spend more like 2.0 hours on the walking tour portion. There was talk of repeating this tour in different 'hoods in NYC. I'd definitely consider doing another one if there was more walking/trivia/behind-the-scenes info!
Elaine DetroitTour was great fun! Informative, imaginative. An occasion for bonding, to expand on our singular arsenal of facts and insights around past and current romantic films.