‘Ghostbusters’ to Tribeca to the Upper West Side — Bowery Boys Movie Club, Episode Two

Welcome to the Bowery Boys Movie Club, an exclusive Patreon podcast where Tom and Greg discuss classic New York City films from an historical perspective. We’ll be revisiting some true cinematic classics with this monthly show and sprinkling our recaps with trivia, local details and personal insight (and lots of spoilers of course!).

In our second episode, we’ll be conjuring up New York City in the early 1980s in Ivan Reitman’s box-office smash Ghostbusters. How does this zany horror comedy use the plight of New York City as a backdrop for its grab bag of goofy ghosts? How do the histories of the New York Public Library, Columbia University, Central Park and the Upper West Side become entangled in its strange and hilarious plot? And why is the Tribeca location of Ghostbusters headquarters — in an abandoned firehouse — so important to the story?

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Last month’s show featured a discussion of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. Portions of the Ghostbusters show are based on this Bowery Boys article on the New York locations of Ghostbusters.