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Dec 16th, 2007 | By | Category: Movie Locations

One of my favorite New York movies is You’ve Got Mail. On my various trips to NY I have tracked down a few of the filming locations.

img_0332.jpg You’ve Got Mail was filmed entirely on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The Shop Around the Corner is, in actuality – yes, you are reading this correctly – a cheese and antique shop. Very odd, I know. It is called Maya Schaper Cheese and Antiques. Only the exterior of Maya’s was used for filming and unfortunately it looks very different in person. The producers brought in a faux exterior that made the shop look much more charming than it does in real life. And let’s just say the owner of the shop was not as “enchanting” as Kathleen Kelly, either. She wasn’t very nice or talkative when I went in to ask about the filming. Not everyone loves a stalker, I guess. This location I found in the book New York: The Movie Lover’s Guide by Richard Alleman.

img_0335.jpg The Shop Around the Corner was actually based on a real life children’s bookstore in NYC called “Books of Wonder.” This is a really cute bookshop for kids and I would recommend visiting. I got this little bit of trivia and location off of the trivia link on IMDB’s You’ve Got Mail page.

One of the great benefits to stalking is that you often happen upon really great restaurants or places to visit. One of my favorite places to grab a bite to eat in New York I actually discovered while stalking You’ve Got Mail. Grey’s Papaya, located on West 71st and Broadway, serves up the BEST hot-dogs you will ever eat! Its other claim to fame is that it was the location where Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks ate lunch in front of a window towards the end of the movie.

 

 

img_0740.jpg The Starbucks from YGM, where Joe makes a witty observation about decision making, is located on the corner of 81st Street and Broadway. Grab a coffee to go – all this stalking will make you tired! This location, as well as the next two, I found on the official website for You’ve Got Mail, which has a map of several filming sites from the movie.

img_0738.jpg Cafe Lalo, where Joe Fox first realizes that Shopgirl is actually Kathleen Kelly, is a very, very quaint little cafe on the Westside. I have NO idea how the heck they could possibly film anything inside of it, as the place is truly minuscule. It is really cute, though, and serves up some great espresso.

img_0743.jpg Another Westside location for YGM is Zabar’s grocery store, a fabulous gourmet store on the Westside that is unlike any other grocery store I have ever seen. It has possibly everything you could ever want – including an espresso bar, cooking utensils, and every cheese imaginable! Zabar’s was used for the scene where Meg Ryan steps into the “Cash Only” line without any cash to pay for her groceries.

img_1661.jpg Last, but not least, is the 91st Street Garden, where Kathleen and Joe finally get together at the very end of the movie. This location was easy to find, as the characters kiss right in front of a sign that says “91st Street Garden.” From that point, I just googled “91st Street Garden” and it turns out it was right where I thought it would be – on the Westside near 91st street. The garden is a bit hard to find, as it is off the beaten path in Riverside Park. It is also extremely small in person, so it was not what I was expecting. In December, there isn’t much to see, but I am sure it is absolutely beautiful in the spring and summer months!

The one YGM location that has always escaped me is Meg Ryan’s brownstone. Oh well, there’s always next year’s trip to NYC to stalk it.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!

Stalk It: Spend a day on the Westside! Maya Shaper Cheese and Antiques is located at 106 W. 69th Street. Watch out for the owner – she may bite! Books of Wonder is located at 18 W. 18th Street. Grey’s Papaya can be found at 2090 Broadway between West 71st and West 72nd streets. Get the Recession Special – two dogs and a drink for $3.50 – and eat in the window just like Meg and Tom! Starbucks is located at the corner of Broadway and 81st Street – don’t get it confused with the 50 other Starbucks on the Westside. Cafe Lalo is located on 83rd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam. Zabar’s is at 2245 Broadway at 81st Street – bring your grocery list! Finally, the 91st Street Garden is located in Riverside Park in between 90th and 91st Streets – but be careful, blink and you might miss it!

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  1. ana says:

    Hi! what about Fox Bookstore??

  2. Han says:

    According to Book Snob, Kathleen’s Apartment is on West End Avenue – I can’t help with a number but hopefully the picture would assist.

  3. Andrea says:

    Did you find Joe’s apartment?

    • Lindsay says:

      A fellow stalker named Fernando did. Joe’s apartment is located at 210 Riverside Drive & 93rd Street. The same building was also where Tina Fey lived in Baby Mama. Enjoy! :)

  4. Susan says:

    Thank you so much for putting this blog together. My boyfriend and I are huge YGM fans and looking forward to visiting some of the spots you’ve listed in our upcoming trip to NYC. Awesome!

  5. Fernando says:

    I found every film location of this movie, except for the florist in front of the Nautica store that appeared twice in the film. Anyone knows where it was filmed? Thanks,

    • Lindsay says:

      Hi Fernando,
      I will have to rewatch the movie and see if I can track it down. I saw the comment you posted about the Joe Fox apartment building and got so excited that I accidentally deleted it instead of approving it! UGH! Where did you say it was? I have been looking for that place for forever!
      Happy Stalking :),
      Lindsay

      • Fernando says:

        Lindsay, the scene of the Fox apartment was filmed on 210 Riverside Drive & 93rd Street. I am still trying to get the florist location (the one in front of the Nautica shop).
        Thanks,

      • Fernando says:

        Lindsay, I got it. The location is changed now but the florist scene was filmed at the corner of Columbus Ave and W 70th St. After reviewing the original script from Nora Ephron, I knew that the place had to be Columbus Ave. It is just one block from the shop around the corner (Maya Shaper).

    • Phil says:

      I took my wife to New York on our 30th Anniversary and did many of the YGM sites. Ordered flowers from a UWS florist and and had a minister meet us with a guitar player in the same spot Tom and Meg met at 91st Street Park. We renewed our wedding vows there. Quick question. Was the office scene between the three generation of Fox’s filmed in the Twin Towers? The outside shot through the window looks right. Please advise.

  6. PW2000 says:

    Your site helped us so much on our YGM tour this past May. We did notice that there actually is no 152 Riverside Drive (Joe’s apartment building). It goes from 155 to 150…Google Earth confirmed that when we got back home!

  7. Terri says:

    Visited many of the YGM sites the begining of March. Maya’s is closed and appears to have been gone for quite some time.

  8. You've got comments says:

    Have you visited the ‘Fox Books’ filming location?
    It was an old Barney’s that went into liquidation around the time they started filming.
    It is apparently located at the corner on 17th Street on 7th Avenue. Not sure what it looks like now, or if anyone took it over.

    Gonna try and find it when i go to NY next week.
    Thanks for the guide, it’s VERY helpful!


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