On Location: Cary Grant at The Plaza Hotel





Approximately one thousand bazillion films have been shot at the Plaza, including: Crocodile Dundee (1986), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Almost Famous (2000), The Great Gatsby (2013), and American Hustle (2013), to name a very small selection.

But the film location I’ve scouted for you all today is from the one and only North By Northwest (1959), directed by the genius Alfred Hitchcock. This is the only location I’ve had to technically trespass into in order to get a photo. I’m obviously not staying at the Plaza because it is horrendously expensive (and I love and adore staying in Harlem). But if you act as if you actually stay there and are confident in strolling through the door, the doormen won’t notice that you could only ever dream of staying there.

One of my pictures above more or less matches one specific area of the hotel that was used for North By Northwest; where Cary Grant’s character Roger Thornhill is mistaken for another man, and is abducted in very strange circumstances leading to a thrilling adventure. In the film, Cary Grant walks past this area to head into the Oak Bar, and it is from there that the drama begins. It was pretty cool to snoop around this opulent building, although I was paranoid of being kicked out. The above photo is a part of the hotel now reserved for residents only, so I felt like some kind of crazed stalker in taking a photo. Once you figure out which side of the building faces Central Park it’s not too difficult to find this location though, so it’s all good.

Other than that, the outside was ridiculously difficult to take a photo of well and people kept walking in front of me, so apologies for the sheestiness – it gets worse tomorrow, a location which I have never felt more shame in taking a photo of!

Photos shot on iPhone 5.

Hint for tomorrow’s location: Two snooty dudes worked from here.

P.S. This was my 200th post!


  1. 200 posts!! WHOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Keep em coming!!!!!

    1. Haha, thanks Eric! 😀 I most certainly shall!

  2. Very cool sounds like you are having fun in NYC and congrats on 200!

    1. Thanks Melissa, I love it here! I don’t want to go home!

  3. Congrats on 200!! Also I’ve never been to Harlem but how cool that you are staying there! And no worries, so much of America is cordoned off for the rich & famous that you shouldn’t feel bad whatsoever when you have a chance to be in one of those places!

    1. Thanks Alina! 🙂 Yeah, I really like living in this neighbourhood. All you hear is about how dangerous it is, but I actually feel pretty safe walking around. People do sell drugs everywhere but everyone is very polite and courteous! And not gonna lie, I did feel like a secret badass sneaking into that fancy hotel!

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