TCM NYC BUS TOUR

 

TCM BUS

ALLLLLLL ABOARD!!

I have to tell you – I’ve been lucky. I’ve been blessed. As a bonafide, die-hard, gushing classic film fan, I’ve been given some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities by Turner Classic Movies that have been over-whelming! And this is one of them: going on the inaugural run of the New York City TCM BUS TOUR. Click on photo to enlarge it.

Now don’t ask me how or why I was selected. ( I’m going to look a gift horse in the mouth? HA! ) I don’t. But I’m grateful. And then to be remembered by Tom Brown AND Robert Osborne; c’mon. I can’t even… Thank you Will and Aurora for the shots of Robert and I. And by the way folks, I also got the chance to meet Jane Powell.

         ROBERT OSBORNE & ME ( TCM BUS TOUR ) IV ROBERT OSBORNE & ME ( BUS TOUR HUG ) ROBERT OSBORNE & ME ( TCM BUS TOUR ) V P1050544

Yes THAT Jane Powell. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Jane Powell. Singing a duet with the great Jeanette MacDonald Jane Powell. Royal Wedding Jane Powell. She is part of the TCM family and was on the tour as well.

                      JANE POWELL & ROBERT O ( in front of bus )   P1050547   P1050549

She literally said to me: “I love your hair.” Okay that’s it folks, I’m done. Check please.

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There were things going on inside and outside the bus. I’m there with Tom Brown and Robert Osborne…and I see Citizen Screen holding court ( w/Jane Powell. )

TOM BROWN & ME P1050571 ROBERT OSBORNE & ME ( BUS TOUR ) P1050562 P1050569I enjoyed the tour –  another enterprising project by TCM to connect fans with classic films. A lot of info I knew, but many I didn’t. I hadn’t realize just how many New York City locations lent itself to the magic of Hollywood. Here is a mere fraction of what I saw that wonderful summer’s day.

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The bus went around Columbus Circle and 59th Street – “It Should Happen to You” was filmed here where Judy Holliday hangs her big billboard.

COLUMBUS CIRCLE SIGN   COLUMBUS CIRCLE STATUE   P1050769

IT SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU

 

P1050781In the same area, this subway and newspaper stand is in a scene in On The Town when the sailors come out of that ‘hole in the ground.’

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         P1050783   THE DAKOTA   CENTRAL PARKCENTRAL PARK ( I )

The bus drove down Central Park West where we passed churches and the Museum of Natural History which has appeared in films. We stopped at the famed Dakota where many celebrities live including and up until recently, Lauren Bacall. Then the bus cut across Central Park, location for countless films. There’s nothing like Central Park in the summertime.

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Leaving Central Park the bus goes down one of NYC’s busiest thoroughfares, FIFTH AVE-NUE. We pass The Plaza Hotel, Tiffany’s and Atlas:

  PLAZA HOTEL THE OAK ROOM ( I ) TIFFANY's ATLAS SILHOUETTED
ATLAS
 

Before Gregory Peck goes for his interview in Gentleman’s Agreement he shows ‘son’ Dean Stockwell the statue of the mighty Atlas.

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We roll down Park Avenue as we pass The Waldorf – Astoria before we swing East…

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P1050641We went all the way East side of Manhat-tan to the very quiet, very tony, very ritzy Sutton Place. Sssssshhh!! As a classic film fan, you should recognize the 59th Street Bridge. If you’ve seen “Sorry, Wrong Number” the bridge is outside Stanwyck’s apartment window. Or see it in another movie’s iconic shot. ( Click photo. ) We ended at Grand Central Terminal where all roads meet. The TCM NYC Bus Tour covered more locations than I’ve listed here. Maybe it’ll prompt you to take the tour next time you’re in New York City. Or spend a nice relaxing time if you already live here in New York. It was a lotta fun.

ME & THE 59th STREET BRIDGE

 ( Photo by Will McKinley )

 

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