When watching television, one realizes that New York is in almost every movie and series. If most of them are recorded in studios in Los Angeles, there are often filming in the streets of New York. You can see celebrities working or in their daily lives because many of them live in NY.
I will try to indicate the places where you may see celebrities in New York: actors, singers, athletes…
Where do celebrities live in New York?
In 2014, a real estate agency published a map indicating where celebrities owned a property. I did not find a more recent map, but I am sure that many of them still live in the same place. Sadly some celebrities have already moved to other worlds like David Bowie, but you can see where he lived.
View the list of places where celebrities live
Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban
David Schwimmer (Ross Geller dans Friends)
Sacha Baron Cohen & Isla Fisher
Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick
Harlem/ Lenox Hill
Samuel L. Jackson
Lower East Side
Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz
Upper East Side
Upper West Side
Antonio banderas & Melanie Griffith
Mary J. Blige
Michael J. Fox
You can also see and / or visit houses made famous thanks to its inhabitants. Some are museums, others are still inhabited, discretion will be asked not to disturb the current owner.
View the list of famous houses
This place was the “home” of several celebrities such as Mark Twain, Leonard Cohen, Iggy Pop, it’s also where they stabbed the girlfriend of Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols.
Address: 222W 23rd St between 7th and 8th avenue, New York, NY 10011
Louis Armstrong House Museum
It is the home of the famous trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong. You can visit this place, it’s what I did a few years ago and I loved it.
Address: 34-56 107th St between 34th and 37th avenues, Corona, Queens, NY 11368
More information: https://www.new-york-city-travel-tips.com/louis-armstrong-house-museum-new-york/
The home of Theodore Roosevelt
More than a celebrity, the 26th President of the United States was born in this house that was renovated after being demolished in 1916. It is a historic site that you can visit for free.
Address: 28 E 20th st between Broadway and Park Ave South, New York, NY 10003
The house of Bob Dylan
He has not lived there for a while, his fans knew the address and they spent hours spying on him… Now you can pass in front of the house without bothering Bob, be discreet with the new owner 😉
Address: 94 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
The house of Anna Wintour
Those of you who like fashion, will know that it was in this place that they recorded a documentary in 2009 about the editor of the Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour, during the preparation of the September 2007 edition.
Address: 172 Sullivan St between Bleecker and W Houston, New York, NY 10012
The house of Truman Capote
It was in this house that Truman Capote wrote the book Breakfast at Tiffany’s. If you like the house, you will have to pay about 12 million dollars … That’s what it cost to its current owner.
Address: 70 Willow St between Orange and Pineapple St, Brooklyn Heights, New York, NY 11201
The house of John Lennon and Yoko Ono
The Dakota building was one of the residences of many celebrities such as Lauren Bacall. That’s where John Lennon was murdered in 1980. Yoko is still living there.
Address: The Dakota, W 72 St, Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
The house of Michael Bloomberg
It’s one of the properties of the former mayor of New York. It is where he lived during his mandate instead of staying in the official home of the mayors of NY (Gracie Mansion, East 88 St).
Address: 17 E 79 St between 5th Ave and Madison Ave, New York, NY 10023
The house of Woody Allen
Woody loves New York, he had to have a house out there 😉
Address: 118 E 70 St between Park and Lexington Avenues, Upper East Side, New York, NY 10021
The house of Jay-Z
The rapper was born in Bedford Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy), but he loved this little penthouse in Manhattan.
Address: 195 Hudson St between Desbrosses and Vestry St, New York, NY 10021
This beautiful Upper East Side building was the residence of several personalities such as the journalist Nora Ephron who had written an article about it in an edition of the 2006 New Yorker magazine. Conan O’Brien, Al Pacino and Cyndi Lauper also lived there.
Address: The Apthorp, 2207 Broadway between 78 t 79, Upper West Side, New York, NY 10024
The house of Jean-Michel Basquiat
The famous and young graphic designer was found lifeless in his art studio in 1988. His current residence is the Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn…
Address: 57 Great Jones St between Bowery and Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
The house of Keith Haring
The painter lived in this house-studio. It is now the site of the Keith Haring Foundation to help people with AIDS.
Address: 676 Broadway between Bond and Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012
The house of the Marx family
The Marx brothers (Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo and Zeppo) spent all their childhood in this house in Carnegie Hill.
Address: 179 E 93rd St, between Lexington and Third Avenues, New York, NY 10128
Where do celebrities stay when they go to New York?
You may get the opportunity to meet some celebrities during breakfast! At least you will feel like one at this type of hotel. Don’t hesitate to check the rates on Booking because they tend to have offers often. You could also go to these hotels for a brunch during the weekend 🙂
See the list of favorite hotels of celebrities
Located on Columbus Circle, this hotel often welcomes Sigourney Weaver, Dennis Hopper, I.M. Pei, Lance Armstrong, Helen Mirren, Jerry Hall, Jane Seymour and Liam Neeson.
Address: 80 Columbus Circle, Midtown West, New York, NY 10023
Book here: www.booking.com/hotel/us/mandarin-oriental
It is in this luxury hotel that JFK had an apartment. Mick Jagger, Jack Nicholson had already stayed there, so Lady Di. It is very close to the house of Woody Allen who regularly plays clarinet in the hotel bar.
Address: 35 East 76th Street, Upper East Side, New York, NY 10021
Book here: www.booking.com/hotel/us/the-carlyle-a-rosewood
I tell you about this chain of hotels in this article in NYCTT. But I do not remember seeing Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Simpson, Jay-Z, Lindsay Lohan or Nicky Hilton…
Address: 18 9th Avenue, Greenwich Village, New York, NY 10014
Book here: www.booking.com/hotel/us/gansevoort-manhattan
SoHo Grand Hotel
This hotel is located in the heart of SoHo, its exceptional services attracted the attention of Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum, Gwyneth Paltrow …
Address: 310 West Broadway, SoHo, New York, NY 10013
Book here: www.booking.com/hotel/us/soho-grand
Bryant Park Hotel
It is a luxury hotel with a capital L. They take care of all the details; the covers are cashmere! If you do not see a celebrity in the corridors of the hotel, you could find one in the magnificent Cellar Bar, or in the Japanese restaurant Koi especially during the Fashion Week.
Address: 40 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018
Book here: www.booking.com/hotel/us/bryant-park
It’s where I used to go for one of my favorite restaurants in New York, Kittichai, but it’s sadly closed. The bohemian atmosphere of the hotel suits the taste of Jessica Simpson and Christina Aguilera.
Address: 60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
Book here: www.booking.com/hotel/us/sixty-soho
It is one of the main Art Deco icons of New York City since 1893. The hotel had its own metro stop reserved for customers! President Obama usually stayed there. Paris and Nicky Hilton grew up in this very sophisticated place, who could believe it?
Address: 301 Park Avenue, Midtown East, New York, NY 10022
Book here: Hotel currently closed during renovation
It is the hotel of “Home Alone”, of “Crocodile Dundee” and of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. It is the first hotel to have been classified monument of the city of NY. You could have encountered the members of the Beatles, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mark Twain and Groucho Marx in its corridors.
Address: 768 Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, New York, NY 10019
Book here: www.booking.com/hotel/us/the-plaza
It is one of the favorite hotels of celebrities, such as the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood or the Raleigh in Miami. Despite all the luxury it offers, it seems impossible to call Australia … This drove Russel Crowe crazy who attacked a concierge with a phone!
Address: 147 Mercer Street, SoHo, New York, NY 10012
Book here: www.booking.com/hotel/us/the-mercer
A few steps away from 5th avenue and Central Park, this hotel has a perfect location. Many actors stayed there.
Address: 781 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Book here: www.booking.com/hotel/us/the-sherry-netherland
Wyndham Midtown, The Alex
In this hotel you could see athletes like Dennis Rodman. It is where the guests of the David Letterman show used to stay at.
Address: 205 East 45th Street, Midtown East, New York, NY 10017
Book here: www.booking.com/hotel/us/wyndham-midtown-45
Gramercy Park Hotel
A hotel is good for sleeping but also for partying! Anne Hathaway, Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Halle Berry could confirm 😀
Address: 2 Lexington Avenue, Gramercy, New York, NY 10010
Book here: www.booking.com/hotel/us/gramercy-park
The Bowery Hotel
I do not know if this hotel brings bad luck, but several couples now separated had organized a surprise birthday party: Jennifer Lopez for Marc Anthony, Demi Moore for Ashton Kutcher … This hotel is a few steps from the Socialist, a club that has already closed despite of being patronized by many celebrities such as Liv Tyler, Kate Hudson, Sting, Bruce Willis and many more.
Address: 335 Bowery, East Village – Lower East Side, New York, NY 10003
Book here: www.booking.com/hotel/us/the-bowery
This hotel is a perfect mix between Japanese luxury and American services. It is not as luxurious as the precedents, but you could see Maria Sharapova. It’s where she stayed during the Flushing Meadows tournament. I tell you more about this hotel: here.
Address: 66 Park Avenue, Murray Hill, New York, NY 10016
Book here: www.booking.com/hotel/us/the-kitano-new-york
What are the celebrities favorite restaurants?
In case there are no rooms left in these hotels, there is still the possibility of sharing a table with some celebrities in one of these restaurants.
See the list of celebrities favorite restaurants
Waverly Inn and Garden
It is not very easy to book at this restaurant, but if you make it, you could see Brad Pitt, Alex Rodriguez, Kate Moss, Steve Martin, Anne Hathaway or George Lucas.
Address: 16 Bank St, New York, NY 10014
Restaurant and bar at the same time, this place attracts a generation of famous young people like Kim Kardashian, P. Diddy, Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan.
Address: 70 West 45th St, New York, NY 10036
This place was the stables of the Vanderbilt family in the 19th century. It was then remodeled as a luxury cinema and is now a true temple of Asian cuisine for the pleasure of Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Robert DeNiro, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Madonna, Paris Hilton and the players of the Yankees, Giants and Rangers.
Address: 42 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022 (Uptown) and 92 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Downtown)
The Spotted Pig
Jake Gyllenhaal and Bono love going to this Irish pub when they are in New York. Taylor Swift, Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Gosling … and many more have also been seen there.
Address: 314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014
If you go to Serendipity 3, you have to taste the specialty of the house the Hot Frozen Chocolate. They prepare more dishes that enchant Bill Clinton, Kelly Clarkson, Jerry Seinfeld, Meg Ryan. It’s a place that has always pleased celebrities because since it opened in 1954, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Grace Kelly and Cary Grant loved their food.
Address: 225 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022
This restaurant offers tasting menus (about $ 325 per person) or “à la carte” dishes, in an exceptional atmosphere. There are very few tables, so you must book in advance. Maybe you could say hello to Rachel Weisz or Darren Aronofsky, the director of “Requiem For A Dream.”
Address: 10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019
This restaurant belongs in part to Robert DeNiro. So not only could you find him at one of the tables but also his friends like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise and Michael Jordan.
Address: 375 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
This place is very popular with famous customers like Victoria Beckham, Lindsey Lohan, Tara Reid, Jennifer Lopez, Pamela Anderson …
Address: 376 West Broadway, New York, NY 10012
This restaurant is very famous for a scene from the movie “When Harry Mets Sally”. Now everyone wants to know if the pastrami sandwiches are as enjoyable as they seem to be 😀
On the walls of the restaurant you will see how many celebrities have eaten at this place: Barbra Streisand, Kathleen Turner, Ben Stiller, Bruce Willis, and politicians like Al Gore and almost all the mayors of the city.
Address: 205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
Bubby’s Restaurant Bar & Bakery
This restaurant is located in TriBeCa, near the offices of Miramax Film and the Tribeca Film Fest. Many of the employees of both companies go to this place. It was one of the favorite places of JFK, but also Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, John Turturro and more.
Address: 120 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013 and 73 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014 (High Line)
The Tuscan food of this restaurant has been drawing the attention of the famous since 1975 as Jack Nicholson, Steven Spielberg, Donna Karan, Paul McCartney, Graydon Carter, Yoko Ono, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Address: 260 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014
Robert DeNiro loves the food of Nobuyuki Matshuhisa who has a sushi restaurant in Beverly Hills. Thanks to the actor’s notoriety (and dollars), there are now several Nubu restaurants in the world and in New York. Madonna, Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga have already tried their dishes. Apparently, Kate Winslet declared: ” The food at Nobu can be described in two ways– quite simply heaven on earth and sex on a plate! “. 😀
Addresses: 105 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013; 40 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019; 3 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022
Ninth Street Espresso
As soon as Will Ferrell is in New York, he runs to this cafe in Chelsea Market. In his opinion, it is the best coffee in the city. You can also try it in other places like Lower East Side.
Address: 75 9th Ave, Chelsea Market, New York, NY 10011
It’s possible that you won’t see any celebrity during your stay in New York City. However, you could eat at their restaurants!
See the list of restaurants that belong to celebrities
This restaurant has special cocktails with references to Reservoir Dogs… Have you heard about this Quentin Tarantino movie? That’s right, it’s his restaurant and from time to time he goes there to eat. Do not hesitate to go if you want to try Korean cuisine.
Address: 55 Carmine Street New York, NY 10014
At this estaurant and ping-pong club, you can eat American specialties, it belongs to Susan Sarandon.
Address: 48 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010
The 40/40 Club
Jay-Z fans will have recognized the 40/40 Club that he mentions on his song “Dirf Off Your Shoulder”. It is a bar with many TV screens that broadcast ESPN channel sports 😉
Address: 6 W 25th St, New York, NY 10010
The Cutting Room
This place is for Sex & The City fans!!! It’s Mr Big’s restaurant 😉 You can eat dishes to share listening to bands of any musical style.
Address: 44 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10010
Mark Wahlberg’s family loves to eat hamburgers, so he had the idea of creating his own chain of restaurants called Wahlburgers. They are in Coney Island.
Address: 3015 Stillwell Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224
JBJ Soul Kitchen
These restaurants are a bit far from Manhattan, but it is worth mentioning it. You will always be welcome at Jon Bon Jovi house! If you do not pay the bill, you can work voluntarily to help the restaurant in distributing food to people in need. You can also pay double the bill and thus pay for the volunteers. The food is organic and produced locally.
Address: 1769 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753
The map with all the locations to see celebrities in New York City
Some more tips to see celebrities in New York
In the end it’s not that complicated to see celebrities in New York, you just need to be in the same place at the same time! 😀
For example, you could be in New York during the filming of a movie. Look here to know more. I came accross the filming of CSI: NY in Central Park!
You could also be in New York during the tour of your favorite artist. You will also have an unforgettable moment in New York. In the NYCTT calendar of events, I indicate the main events. Check it out to browse the upcoming concerts in New York City.
Anyway, if you do not see celebrities in New York you could take a tour that takes you where series and movies where shot:
– Gossip Girl Tour
– Sex And The City Hot Spots Tours
– Sopranos Sites
– NYC TV & Movie Tour
– Central Park TV & Movie Sites
– TCM Classic Film Tour
My last travel tip in New York to see celebrities, moreover when the weather is not friendly, is to visit the Mme Tussauds museum!
Do you want to feel like a celebrity?
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to feel like a celebrity in New York City! You can book a photo session with our professional photographer at a very good rate, then rent a limo (I negotiated a special rate for NYCTT followers) and go to a nice rooftop bar !
I hope you will have the opportunity to see a celebrity in New York. If you can take a picture or a selfie, I would be happy to receive it 😉.
I used the information of various website to write this post.
I once contacted Jennifer Lawrence’s agency and asked for an autograph. I had to send a picture of her, plus an envelope with my address. I will never know if she really signed it, but I received the letter back a couple of years later! 🙂
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