Visit these 10 movie locations in New York City before the Oscars

From Manhattan to Ghostbusters, take a cinematic tour of the Big Apple before this year's biggest awards night.

New York City is one of the most cinematic locations in the world, outside of Hollywood. If Broadway alone doesn't draw actors and actresses, then the city's magnetic atmosphere and unlimited diversity of locations draw directors and cinematographers. From Home Alone 2 to The Godfather Part II, Hollywood has filmed some of its most iconic scenes in the city. Refresh your memory before the Oscars by touring the locations of the best, classic New York City movie scenes, from 1947 all the way to 1993.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

The classic Christmas film, directed by George Seaton, made the Macy's flagship store on 34th St. Herald Square famous for its Christmas displays. Every year, the store outdoes itself with animatronics, music and projections that draw thousands to the sidewalks around the store. New Yorkers avoid the impossibly-crowded area but anyone on a movie tour should stop to see the latest display in the place where Santa Claus listens to children's Christmas wishes and promises them toys. Macy's still brags that it's the "world's largest store," so it's a fitting place for a Santa to offer lots of gifts in front of unfortunate parents.

The Seven Year Itch (1955)

1955 brought cinema one of its most iconic, and most New York, scenes. Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch put Marilyn Monroe on top of a sidewalk subway grate in a white dress and let the speeding train conjure a breeze. One of the most famous poses by one of the most famous actresses of all time was born. The subway grate in the original takes is on Lexington Ave. at 52nd St., but the crowd was so large and noisy that Wilder had to recreate the scene later on the 20th Century Fox lot.

The Godfather Part II (1974)

The sequel to one of the greatest films ever made shot an iconic sequence at Little Italy's Feast of San Gennaro. The annual festival celebrates the patron saint of Naples with an eleven-day party on Mulberry St. between Canal and Houston. The festival is in September but any trip to Little Italy is worthwhile. While you're there, imagine Vito Corleone hopping across the rooftops that overlook the celebration, racing to Don Fanucci's apartment to assassinate him.

Taxi Driver (1976)

De Niro loves New York City. If he's never said it, we can guess from his movies. Taxi Driver ("You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?"), Martin Scorsese's film about a taxi driver taking revenge on a prostitution gang, gives movie lovers an amazing view of the city and, especially, Times Square in the 1970s. You won't find it full of adult theaters and questionable characters today (you'll find it full of different characters). Try to find the spot just north of the big red bleachers where de Niro was probably walking under the dirty marquees.

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

When John Travolta wasn't on the dance floor in Saturday Night Fever, he was in the frame of a romantic shot with Karen Lynn Gorney in front of the Verrazano Bridge. The bridge connects Staten Island to Brooklyn and then to Manhattan. Travolta's character knows all the facts about the bridge: "I know everything about that bridge. Know what else? There's a guy buried in the cement." Probable. Grab a seat on a bench and take in the sight of the river and the bridge while the music pulses in your head.

Manhattan (1979)

The title says it and Isaac's opening lines emboss it. Woody Allen's Manhattan is a film about New York City and its opening scene shows the Queensboro Bridge from a gorgeous, hidden scenic area. Relive the view at Riverview Terrace on Sutton Square beneath the bridge and tell your own love stories about the greatest city in the world.

Ghostbusters (1984)

You can visit the streets around Central Park where the giant marshmallow monster stomped or you can pose in front of the apartment building at 55 Central Park West. Or, you can head to the New York Public Library Main Branch on 42nd St. and 5th Ave. The Schwarzman building's lower levels hosted the first onscreen paranormal appearance in the classic comedy, the ghost-librarian who nevertheless told the Ghostbusters to quiet down.

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

The restaurant scene, probably the most famous part of the movie, happened in Katz's Delicatessen, the restaurant at 205 E Houston St. Meg Ryan thoroughly embarrassed Billy Crystal in the middle of the packed deli to prove her point, that "men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way." Grab a bite at Katz's on your next trip down to SoHo, though the reenactment joke has probably grown old by now.

Home Alone 2 (1992)

Moviemakers love Christmas in the city and the sequel to Home Alone brought Kevin to the center of it, unleashed with his parents' credit card. He met Santa at FAO Schwarz and beat up Joe Pesci again. The movie's scenes in the Plaza Hotel are off-limits for tourists, so book room 411 for the full experience. Just don't threaten room service with old black and white movie scenes.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

The Empire State Building, the center of the city's midtown district, is where Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan finally meet each other in Sleepless in Seattle. And what better, more climactically romantic spot than at the very top of New York City? Reserve tickets to visit the observation deck on a clear day for the best view (besides, perhaps, the World Trade Center) of the city and all of its boroughs. You can see all of the scenes from this list eighty-six floors above midtown Manhattan and know that you're right in the middle of the world.

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Three Things to Consider When Planning Your Vacation

There are plenty of things to consider when planning your vacation. Make sure you have all your bases covered by the time you buy your plane ticket!

Going on vacation is wonderful after months of stress and work. There's just one last hurdle before hopping on that plane: planning.

There can be an overwhelming number of things to consider when planning your vacation (COVID-19 not least), but putting them in an itemized list helps. Here's a quick cheat-sheet for you to get a jump-start on that.

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Remember Your Budget

If you make a budget, which you definitely should, stick to it. Don't spend more than what you can afford when you start vacationing. Vacations are meant to be relaxing, so saddling yourself with debt will only dampen the fun of your trip. How much are you spending on living accommodations, food, activities, travel? How much are you setting aside in emergency funds in case something happens?

Plan for the Length of the Trip

Are you going out of town for a few months, or do you only have a week off? How much time you have can affect where you can go and how much you can enjoy it. If you only have a week and a half for a trip, then it's best not to go somewhere that's a 16-hour flight away. Half the trip is going to be spent on planes, and the other half will be spent being jet-lagged.

Trip length can also affect how you have to deal with your home while you're away. If you're away for long periods of time, do you need to hire people to cut your grass? Do you need to hire house sitters or babysitters? There are even things to know if you need to board your dog. Keep all these in mind for extended vacations.

Consider the Weather

You never want to ruin your vacation by heading somewhere beautiful in its offseason. Depending on the time of year, most activities could be canceled due to weather restrictions. Some places are ideal for winter trips, and other destinations are made to be enjoyed during the summer heat. Plan accordingly, and don't show up in a swimsuit when it's 50 degrees outside.

That rounds up the basics, but there are plenty more things to consider when planning your vacation. Give yourself wiggle room if any unique considerations pop up in your planning process.

There has never been a better time to learn a language than right now. While we can't really travel, we can still get ready to explore the world and other cultures through film, music, and food. But the key to all of this is language. It can be hard getting started on your own and so we found the perfect solution: Rosetta Stone.

We've been loving hunkering down and digging into Rosetta Stone, a language learning app with many different languages, the best lessons, and an affordable subscription. It's flexible and made to work for you, no matter what level you're starting at. Jump back into French without dusting off your highschool books or pick up Mandarin with a clean slate.

Thinking about Rosetta Stone for your language lessons? Here are the answers to your most pressing questions:

What languages do they offer?

With Rosetta Stone, you can choose from 25 different languages including Spanish, Arabic, and Japanese. When you get the Unlimited Languages subscription you gain access to all 25 and can switch between languages. While you may be intensely learning German, you can take a break and pick up some conversational Korean — all in one app.

What are the features?

What makes Rosetta Stone's lessons really work are the incredible learning features.

Phrasebook will teach you short, useful expressions that are sure to come in handy during your travels, letting you see the practical application of what you're learning. Seek & Speak brings the fun back into learning by having you do a scavenger hunt for everyday household items and taking photos of them to get the translated name. Even in an app, Rosetta Stone turns any environment into a classroom.

TruAccent is a speech engine within the program that provides instant feedback on your pronunciation so you know if you're on the right track. You'll grow more confident about speaking aloud and it's like having an accent coach in the room with you.

How long does it take every day?

Rosetta Stone's lessons are bite-sized, so all you need is 5 -10 minutes a day to sneak in some practice and work towards your language goals. Of course, you can do more if you want but there's no regimented schedule or pressure to speed ahead.

How does it compare to in-person classes?

With the Rosetta Stone app, your learning is within your control and designed to move at your pace. The app will tailor to your particular interests, strengths, and weaknesses! Plus, with the recent explosion of online classes, most people have fallen away from in-person instruction anyway.

Rosetta Stone brings you expert teaching, fun engaging lessons, and a multitude of language options all on-the-go. Take your classes whenever and wherever works best for you, conveniently on the app.

Is it suitable for all levels?

Absolutely. When you first start, the app allows you to choose a study plan based on your experience level. So, if you're a beginner you can start from scratch and those with some proficiency can advance to where they're comfortable.

How much does it cost?

The Unlimited Languages plan works out to be $7.99 a month and grants access to all 25 languages, cheaper than Netflix. You get an education at a great value and the best part is no ads while you learn!

We look forward to our Rosetta Stone lessons and highly recommend it to anyone eager to learn a new language or even brush up on an old one. This program makes learning fun, practical, convenient, and most importantly affordable.

Say bonjour, to the go-to language learning app and have the world right at your fingertips!

Update: The folks at Rosetta Stone are extending a special offer to our readers: Up to 45% off Rosetta Stone + Unlimited Language Access!

Like so many out there I haven't been traveling. With everything going on these days I've been staying home, which I love, but it does have me itching to travel. The international section of Netflix just isn't satisfying my travel bug like it used to (trust me, if it's been recommended I've watched it).

I was looking for another way I could travel without leaving home so I did the rounds of take-out food: Chinese, German, Italian, and Mexican. This was fun and tasty but a pricey way to explore the world.

A friend of mine suggested taking a prepping approach to travel and try Rosetta Stone: a language learning program that offers an annual plan with access to 24+ languages.

I've always wanted to learn a new language but have had trouble committing. I was a bit wary about starting Rosetta Stone but ultimately decided to give it a shot.

The Unlimited Languages plan works out to be $7.99 a month for 12 months (what a deal). While I was determined to learn Spanish in anticipation of my dream trip to Spain, this plan allows me to switch to any of the other 24+ languages.

I was excited to get started and use the app. I figured with all of the extra time I had until I could actually go on my trip, I'd aspire to be near fluent by the time it happened.

Jumping right in, I took a ton of lessons through their app and really binged the language. I loved the focus on conversational language, phrases, and vocabulary but after about a week I had burned myself out a bit.

I ended up pulling back and doing 10-minute lessons a day. This was manageable and easy to incorporate into my schedule whether it was by doing a lesson over my morning coffee or winding down right before bed. Learning in bite-sized amounts helped me digest the information and really process what I was being taught.

After a couple of weeks, I was getting really comfortable with Rosetta Stone and was actually enjoying the learning process… even though I wasn't a big fan of language when I was in school. What really set this experience apart for me was the Phrasebook and Seek & SpeakⓇ features.

Phrasebook teaches short, useful expressions that I know will come in handy on my trip. Seek & SpeakⓇ definitely brought the fun back into learning for me, as it has you do a scavenger hunt for everyday household items and take photos of them. Once you do this it gives you a translation of each item (I've never enjoyed looking for cucumbers in my fridge before).

Watching so many telenovelas I knew how important the accent is (in any language) but difficult without an in-person instructor. Rosetta Stone realizes that too and uses TruAccentⓇ. The speech engine within the program gave me instant feedback so I knew that my pronunciation was on the right track and it made me more comfortable speaking aloud.

Rosetta Stone turned out to be a great choice for me. Now I'm daydreaming about traveling and feel like when the time comes I'll be ready to. I'm so confident in my learning that I've branched out and have done some lessons in Italian and French! I'm thinking, after Spain… maybe Rome and Paris? My destinations list is endless now!

Honestly, with Rosetta Stone, I feel more inspired than ever to travel and all this inspiration is happening right in my home. I can't wait to take what I've learned on the road but until then the preparation is still incredibly fun and useful.

Update: The folks at Rosetta Stone are extending a special offer to our readers: Up to 45% off Rosetta Stone + Unlimited Language Access!