Tired Of Shimmering Skyscrapers? Wallow In The Nostalgia Of Old New York With Fantastic Beasts

Author and screenwriter, J.K. Rowling took her Harry Potter franchise to NYC circa 1926 in the film Fantastic Beasts taking in some of the Big Apple’s most notable buildings.

By Team Agorafy November 25, 2016
Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Now seems like a particularly poignant time to want to escape reality and disappear into fantasy. If you’re tired of the Big Apple’s gleaming skyscrapers and exorbitant rents, old New York, circa 1926, as depicted in JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts may be just the ticket this Thanksgiving.

Migh, how the city has changed, you’ll say. But to be fair much of the New York shown in the film was actually shot at a film studio in Watford, North London and outside in Liverpool. That, though, doesn’t get in the way of present day Manhattan wanting in on the action and charging for film themed bus tour. If you jump aboard this Holiday Season, these are the sights you’ll see:

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Writers House, 21 W. 26th St

Of course a period building like this would make it into the film. Writers House occupies two landmarked adjacent counting houses built by the brothers William Waldorf and John Jacob Astor III in 1881. 21 West 26th Street, acquired in 1979, still retains its jewel-like Victorian facade of red brick, polished granite and ornamental terracotta.

Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons

The Woolworth Building, 233 Broadway

As one of New York’s first skyscrapers it has a lot to answer for. It was designed by architect Cass Gilbert and opened in 1913. It was the tallest building in the world for 17 years. On screen it serves as the headquarters for the Magical Congress of the United States of America (Macusa), the American version of the British Ministry of Magic.

The Woolworth Building, 233 Broadway

The Fowler Wells at the Beekman Hotel

Like The Writer’s House, this is another building that wallows in old world nostalgia. It’s full of wood panelling, marble floors and expansive velvet cushioned chairs. There are ornate oil paintings of deceased people (who, in particular I’m who I’m not entirely sure).

Rendering of the Beekman Hotel lobby

124 Old Rabbit Club 

A subterranean beer bar, with a discreet speakeasy entrance policy. Once inside you’ll find yourself in the catacombs that host Trappist monks’ unique brews. You could almost be mistake for having stumbled into the deepest recesses of Hogwarts.


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