November 2, 2015

Sisters In The City | Movie Tours, Musicals & Cuban Food...

As I mentioned in passing in my Stuck In My Head | Gloria Estefan post back in September, I was invited by On Location Tours to pick out and go on one of their tours with a guest for free. So I asked my sister if she wanted to join me and when she said yes (She rarely says no when I ask her to be my guest to random events), we set up a whole sister day in New York City based around going on their NYC TV & Movie Tour and seeing On Your Feet: The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan on Broadway.

If you follow me on Instagram you know that we went and had our sister day a little over a week ago and here's how everything was...

Because we had to be at the meeting spot in front of Ellen's Stardust Diner by 9:45am for the tour Kris and I caught a decently early train, which we were glad about because we were able to get ourselves some coffee and it left us with a little wiggle room in terms of getting to where we needed to be. And can I tell you, it was good thing we had that wiggle room because for some reason the subway was running wonky. The line we needed was running on a different track and it took us a little while to realize that.

After we figured everything out everything was good. We got to Ellen's with time to spare, we waited on line with the other tour attendees and chit chatted with each other before we were escorted to the On Location Tours' bus which was waiting for us across the street by our tour guide.

Once on the bus our guide introduced himself, told us about the tour we were taking and showed us a little video of with Willie Garson talking about what it's like to film a movie/television show on location in a city like New York City before we were off.
The tour, which lasted about two and a half hours, brought us past site where various movies and television shows had filmed over the years all over New York City and included stops at Columbus Circle where scenes from I Am Legend (2007) were shot, the FDNY Hook & Ladder 8 Firehouse in Tribeca that was the home of the Ghostbusters’ (1984) Firehouse, as well as the Greenwich Village apartment that Monica, Chandler, Joey and Rachel lived in in Friends (1994-2004).
I'm not going to lie, at first when we started the tour I was a little unsure of how I'd feel about it because I'm from New York and I go into New York City frequently. But as soon as we started all of that went away. I learned some pretty interesting facts about some of my favorite movies and television shows that I didn't know, and got to experience the city in a way that I never had before.

So over all the tour was really pretty good. The only thing that would have made it better is if I totally was unfamiliar with New York City, and that's on me. But yeah, if you are interested in film and going to be visiting New York City I highly recommend checking out what On Location Tours has to offer.

After the movie tour Kris and I wandered around a bit trying to figure out what we wanted to eat before heading over to the Marquis Theatre to see the matinee of On Your Feet: The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan -- Which was amazing, we both loved it and would totally recommend it if you enjoy Gloria's music.
Once the show was over we hopped on the subway and headed downtown to have Cuban food in the village at Cuba. And can I tell you, we ordered so much food. It was great.
When we were done stuffing our faces we hopped back on the subway and headed uptown to Penn Station, where I caught a train home and she waited for her boyfriend because they had plans in the city for the rest of the evening.

It was such a great day. I love doing randomness with my sister and I can't wait for our next little random sister date day.


  1. That sounds like so much fun. I love seeing locations where things were filmed, and living near LA, there are TONS of those kinds of places around.

    1. It was really neat. I learned things like Trump Tower is Wayne Enterprises and that Hearst Tower is Oscorp and so many other little things about various movies that I didn't know.

      See I would love to take an LA movie tour. I took a general star tour while I was in LA but a movie themed tour would be so cool.