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That Girl's Place

‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s' (1961) Holly Golightly: 167 East 71st Street, Apartment 2

New York has long signified freedom for certain single women. Holly Golightly’s Upper East Side one-bedroom is just big enough for one hell of a party.

Photo: Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Courtesy of Everett Collection

That Girl's Place

‘That Girl' (1966–71) Ann Marie: 344 West 78th Street, Apartment 4-D

Five years later, That Girl’s Ann Marie finds a one-bedroom with exposed brick on the Upper West Side—the improbable height of glamour in Marlo Thomas’s proto-feminist tale.

Photo: ABC Photo Archives/ABC/Getty Images

That Girl's Place

‘Klute' (1971) Bree Daniels: 443 West 43rd Street

The Hell’s Kitchen studio of call girl Bree Daniels is ominously sited next to a funeral home.

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That Girl's Place

‘Party Girl' (1995) Mary: Chinatown

By the nineties, no respectable bohemian would live uptown; latter-day Holly Golightly Mary (Parker Posey) occupies a grimy loft well south of Houston.

The Humble Abode

‘Do the Right Thing' (1989) Mookie and Jade: Stuyvesant Avenue near Lexington Avenue

The city’s working stiffs can view their apartments as respites from the grind: Pizza deliveryman Mookie escapes Sal’s abuse in the Bed-Stuy apartment he shares with his sister.

The Humble Abode

‘The Honeymooners' (1955–56) Ralph and Alice Kramden: 328 Chauncey Street

Or, as with Ralph Kramden’s two-roomer in Bensonhurst, home can be a pressure cooker.

Photo: Michael Rougier/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

The Humble Abode

‘The Apartment' (1960) C.C. Baxter: West Sixties

Insurance cog C.C. Baxter’s walk-up offers little shelter from the office—especially because it’s often occupied by his cheating bosses.

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The Humble Abode

‘Flight of the Conchords' (2007–9) Jemaine and Bret: 28 Henry Street

Work-home separation doesn’t seem that important to Kiwi novelty-folk duo Jemaine and Bret; their tenement, home to generations of strivers, may be small, but it can’t contain their dreams.

The Killer's Lair

‘Taxi Driver' (1976) Travis Bickle: Address unknown

These days, poor Travis Bickle might be priced out of Manhattan. Single-occupancy rooms like his are disappearing fast.

Photo: Josh Weiner/Columbia/MPTV

The Killer's Lair

‘Rope' (1948) Brandon Shaw and Philip Morgan: Address unknown

In Hitchcock’s Rope, décor signifies guilt; hidden in a trunk in the fussy apartment of our two “bachelors” is a corpse.

Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection

The Killer's Lair

‘American Psycho' (2000) Patrick Bateman: 55 West 81st Street, eleventh floor

Murder is messier and funnier in Patrick Bateman’s chilly yuppified pad (white walls, Robert Longos). He’s a sleek corporate shark, and his home is an aquarium.

Photo: Photo12/Polaris

The Killer's Lair

‘Fatal Attraction' (1987) Alex Forrest: 675 Hudson Street, sixth floor

And then there’s rabbit-murderer Alex Forrest’s loft, the location of which—the old meatpacking district—pegs her as dangerous from the start. Some locals watching in 1987 knew her building still housed a real-life sex club.

Photo: Paramount/Everett Collection

The Fantasy

‘Hannah and Her Sisters' (1986) Hannah and Elliot: 135 Central Park West

Woody Allen gets mocked for his film apartments. Who lives like that? Yet Hannah’s was Mia’s own classic eight. Current market price (estimated by Stribling’s Kirk Henckels): $10 million.

The Fantasy

‘How to Marry a Millionaire' (1953) Pola, Loco, and Schatze: 36 Sutton Place South

How to Marry’s bachelorette pad is the very vision of New York as a “high and mighty, bright and shiny, fabulous place,” as the song goes ($10 million to $12 million).

Photo: Mary Evans/20th Century Fox/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection

The Fantasy

‘Sex and the City' (2008) John Preston and Carrie Bradshaw: 1010 Fifth Avenue

Mr. and Mrs. Big’s 1010 Fifth penthouse could be yours for $16 million to $18 million.

The Fantasy

‘The Devil's Advocate' (1997) John Milton: 1107 Fifth Avenue

Attorney John Milton’s Carnegie Hill pad has lovely views of the Reservoir. Bonus feature: The steel wall sculpture morphs into a howling Hellgate—$18 million to $24 million.

The Family Home

‘The Cosby Show' (1984–1992) Cliff and Clair Huxtable: 10 Stigwood Avenue, Brooklyn

How do onscreen New York families find room for their growing broods? The Huxtables just set up shop in Brooklyn, where a family of seven could comfortably take up a whole brownstone.

Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection

The Family Home

‘Please Give' (2010) Kate and Alex: 43 Fifth Ave, 6th floor

Noho furniture dealers Kate and Alex want to buy the apartment next door—but must hover like ghouls, waiting for its nonagenarian inhabitant to die.

Photo: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

The Family Home

‘I Love Lucy' (1951–1957) Lucy and Ricky Ricardo 623 E. 68th St., 3D

It's a long way from Lucy and Ricky switching Yorkville apartments with a neighbor, giving Ricky Jr. his own room for just $20 extra a month.

Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection

The Family Home

‘Rosemary¹s Baby' (1968) Guy and Rosemary Woodhouse: 1 W. 72nd. St, 7E

It could be worse, though; the occultists behind the closet door in the Dakota (sorry, "the Bramford") turn Rosemary's beautiful classic four into the devil's nursery—muddling real-estate fears and new-parent anxiety into one potent cocktail of late-sixties paranoia.

Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection

The Shared Space

‘Sesame Street' (1969–) Bert and Ernie: 123 Sesame Street, basement

The flats of roomies like Felix and Oscar or Bert and Ernie seem designed for conflict—123 Sesame Street doesn’t even have a toilet!

The Shared Space

‘Black Swan' (2010) Erica and Nina Sayers: Upper West Side

The Sayers’ labyrinthine hothouse, similarly, demonstrates how hard it is to live with one’s mother.

Photo: Niko Tavernise/Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Shared Space

‘Friends' (1994–2004) Monica Geller and Rachel Green: 90 Bedford Street, Apartment 20

But Monica and Rachel’s absurd castle (and $2,200 lamp) epitomizes the idea of New York as wonderland of twentysomething easy living.

Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection

The Shared Space

‘Seinfeld' (1990–98) Jerry Seinfeld: 129 West 81st Street, Apartment 5A

You want authenticity? Consider the open door at Jerry’s quintessential NYC screen apartment. The forced proximity of New York living means we all have our Kramers, barging in anytime and eating our proverbial cereal.

Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection
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