Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #18

Moonstruck (dir. Norman Jewison, 1987)

08-02 Moonstruck

Broadway and Off-Broadway legend, John Patrick Shanley, wrote this glittering comedy about love in all its forms, centering around a tightly knit Italian Catholic family in Brooklyn. The Castorinis live on Cranberry Street, not far from Truman Capote’s real-life “house in the heights”. But we are treated to a grand tour of Brooklyn Heights, thanks to the characters’ frequent walks around the neighborhood, especially leading us to the romantic angst found at a classic New York Italian bakery. The real life bakery closed after 92 years and is now the site of a café. But lovers of Gotham on film can still rejoice at the grandest use of Lincoln Center ever captured on camera. Opera lovers from all over the world continue to flock there in the hopes of having a date half as lovely as the one in the movie.


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