Classic New York Movies: "Annie Hall" Left New York, but We Never Will
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We may have already visited the Land of Woody Allen once in this series, so you'll have to forgive us for doing it again. But no one has chronicled New York so thoroughly in his career; he may be making movies across the pond right now, but Allen will always be associated with New York City. No wonder the Academy had him make a rare Oscars appearance in 2002 to introduce a montage of clips of New York.
"Annie Hall" is not as travel-worthy as "Manhattan," particularly because many of the locations, like movie theaters like the Beekman Cinema (1254 2nd Ave.) and the Thalia (250 West 95th St.) have both been lost to Bergman fans the five boroughs over.
But Coney Island, the site of Allen's character Alvy Singer's childhood home, remains as does the Astroland amusement park there--for one more summer anyway, as it was recently bought out by a developer.
The 59th Street Bridge makes an appearance, and while it makes little sense that Alvy would trek all the way downtown to play tennis with his friend at the Wall Street Racquet Club (South Street at Pier 13), maybe he got a sadistic thrill out of beating those Wall Streeters in person. As for Annie, she lived on 70th Street between Park and Lex--very fashionable for such a bohemian!