It's Been 30 Years Since Ghostbusters?! Take the Green Slime Walking Tour of NYC in Homage
In “Ghostbusters,” the evil god that tried to destroy New York City was said to be more than 6,000 years old. That’s how old you might feel upon learning that this week is the 30th anniversary of the release of ”Ghostbusters.”
Instead of spending the occasion lamenting your expiring youth, why not celebrate with a “Ghostbusters”-themed pilgrimage through New York City? After all, the city where Bill Murray and Co. saved the lives of millions of registered voters is more than just any old movie setting. It provides the movie’s funniest running joke: how New Yorkers treated a massive paranormal invasion as another annoying price of big-city living — like subway rats, sky-high rents, and groups who walk side-by-side on the sidewalk (seriously, someone needs to start a business that busts them).
So when you cross that other stream — the Hudson River — into New York City, hit these essential spots for your “Ghostbusters” Birthday Pilgrimage.
Where: Broadway at 59th Street
Nowadays, there’s lots to do in this bustling part of the city where the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man begins his gooey campaign of terror through New York City. Visit the Museum of Arts and Design at 2 Columbus Circle (that white building you see just to the right of Mr. Stay Puft when he first appears in the movie); check out The Shops at Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center; venture across the street to Central Park. One thing you shouldn’t do: step on a church.
The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (aka, The Main Branch), New York Public Library
Where: 5th Avenue at 42nd Street
Where the Ghostbusters see their first ghost … and run away screaming. Despite providing our heroes with a rather inauspicious debut, the library, built in 1911, is proud of its”Ghostbusters” legacy. As part of a 2010 publicity campaign, it invited an improv group to stage a real-life “ghost busting” before unsuspecting visitors in the main reading room. Free public tours begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays (important tip: the library’s closed on Sundays during the summer).