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'Ghostbusters' in NYC: Iconic movie locations from the first and second films

Ernie Hudson famously declared, “I love this town!” in “Ghostbusters,” and the affection between the franchise and NYC is mutual.

The first two movies filmed extensively throughout Manhattan. Here are some of the most popular spots you can visit to get your Ghostbuster on ahead of the release of the reboot on July 15.

Hook & Ladder 8: 14 N Moore St, TriBeCa

This is the most iconic spot in
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This is the most iconic spot in "Ghostbusters" lore. The firehouse served as the exterior of the team's HQ in both films; the interiors were all done in a studio set. Although you won't find the ghost containment unit inside, there is a plaque with the "Ghostbusters" logo hung on the wall.

55 Central Park West

In the first movie, Dana Barrett and Louis
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In the first movie, Dana Barrett and Louis Tully lived in the building and were later transformed into Zuul the Gatekeeper and Vinz Clortho the Keymaster, respectively. The Ghostbusters ascended to the top of the building, which was enhanced by special effects, to fight Gozer in his standard form and ultimate form, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

The New York Public Library

The first movie opens at Fifth Avenue's famous
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The first movie opens at Fifth Avenue's famous book place with a ghost that haunts a librarian. Venkman, Stantz and Egon investigate the matter as their first case.

Columbia University

Venkman, Stantz and Egon all worked as paranormal
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Venkman, Stantz and Egon all worked as paranormal experts at the Ivy League school and are comically thrown out of campus in the beginning of the first movie.

Tavern on the Green

A frantic Tully runs into Central Park for
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A frantic Tully runs into Central Park for help while a ghost chases him, and he pounds on the glass for help in the first film. Unfortunately, everyone is too busy enjoying the atmosphere and food to care.

City Hall/ the Municipal Building

Despite being the talk of the town, the
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Despite being the talk of the town, the Ghostbusters still have to deal with city bureaucracy. The team pleads with the mayor to get their equipment back during the final act of the first movie with a hearty speech about the "disaster of biblical proportions."

Alexander Hamilton Custom House: 1 Bowling Green, Battery Park

The historical building, which is the home of
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The historical building, which is the home of the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Archives' New York City office, served as the exterior for the Manhattan Museum of Art in the second movie. The film's main foe, Vigo, a ghost trapped in a painting, is housed inside.

Statue of Liberty

In the second movie, the team turns to
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In the second movie, the team turns to the biggest symbol they can find to get angry, cynical New Yorkers to spread some good vibes and counter Vigo's magic. Through some slime and a Jackie Wilson song, they are able to move the statue from Liberty Island to the museum and save the day. The statue was returned to his pedestal during the movie's end credit epilogue.

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