On Location: The Bramford

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On the corner of 72nd St and Central Park West sits a very imposing looking building called The Dakota, or as it’s called in Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby (1968), The Bramford. The Bramford is home to Guy and Rosemary Woodhouse, and their strange neighbours Roman and Minnie Castevet.

I was pretty psyched to get to this location today given my slight obsession with this film. Unfortunately it was covered in scaffolding at the bottom, but it still looks super creepy, particularly given that this is also the site where John Lennon was murdered in 1980. There were lots of tour groups gathering at that spot which I thought was incredibly macabre. But from a film-fan perspective, it was so excellent to see the building that plays such a key role in one of my favourite films.

Photos shot on iPhone 5.

Hint for tomorrow’s photo: a place where friends gather for a meal.

18 comments

  1. That is fantastic 🙂

    1. It really was so awesome to see!

  2. I was in NY 3 weeks ago and passed The Dakota building. I’m an idiot for not knowing it was the Rosemary’s Baby building. D’oh!

    1. D’oh! You’ll have to look at it with fresh eyes the next time you visit NYC! 😀

  3. Oh that is brilliant! Such a beautiful building too.

    1. It really is beautiful! And directly opposite Central Park, I can only imagine how great the view is from the top.

  4. Awesome shots, Anna. I think it’s great you are visiting NYC and stop to see film locations. The architecture is outstanding.

    1. Thanks Cindy! Loving the city and sourcing all these amazing places. The architecture really is out of this world. Everything is so giant and grand.

  5. Whoa! I realized I’ve actually seen this building. I took a day trip through NYC when I was about 15 and walked through the semi-unofficial Beatles memorial in the park.

    1. It’s a pretty amazing place! I loved the Beatles part of the park as well. The Lennon memorial was perfect. Except that people kept walking on it!

  6. Wow, I do find that info about the John Lennon site tours kind of distasteful. I understand the significance of that spot, but man. . . that *is* macabre.

    This is another envy-inducing post you have here, Anna. Grrr.. … you’ve seen some pretty iconic places. Only just watched Rosemary’s Baby this month for my TBT: Horror segment. ‘Twas great.

    1. Super distasteful! I think I saw at least four groups of tourists stopping at the site. That’s one of them in the photo above! As a huge Beatles/Lennon fan it made me feel a bit ill.

      Thanks Tom! 🙂 Rosemary’s Baby is seriously one of my favourite films of all time, so it was so amazing to see. I kept thinking of that awesome shot of the building at the beginning of the film with the creepy singsong music.

  7. Awesome, this place is so beautiful and so much history behind it. Glad you are having fun!

    1. It really is such a beautiful building, it gives off a strange vibe given its history. Plus it’s so imposing looking over the park. I’ve had such an excellent time on this trip, I’m tempted to sell my plane ticket to someone and live in the cupboard at my Airbnb apartment.

      1. Aww when do you go back?

        1. I got back this morning and the jetlag is strong! 16 hours from LA to Melbourne. Totally struggling.

  8. […] is the second location from Rosemary’s Baby that I’ve posted, and I’m quite psyched to have been able to […]

  9. […] and cinematography, and Rosemary herself proudly appears at the top of my website. I even found two locations from the film when I visited New York City last year. Back when I first heard that a […]

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