Enter Here: The Gates of Central Park

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How do you enter Central Park? You just walk in. No one charges you anything. No one checks you over. No one asks you any question. Nothing opens or shuts behind you. officially the park closes at 1:00 am, but if you want to go in at 3:30 am (and do you really want to…?), you can walk right into the darkness.

Yet if you look at any detailed map of the park, even those going back to the 1800s, you’ll see the names of a number of gates noted around its edges, but no actual gates. So what was up with that?

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Ghostbusters in New York

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This Sunday, June 8th, marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the comedy classic “Ghostbusters.” I admit that I haven’t rewatched “Ghostbusters” in years, maybe since I was young enough to think, “He slimed me” was the funniest line in movie history (it’s not, but it’s up there), yet I feel confident in saying that it holds up as well now as it ever did. If you have kids, watch it with them and you’ll see what I mean, And they’ll be impressed that an incredibly old, clueless person like you  actually knows about something good.

Hello, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Hello, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

The reason I’m talking about “Ghostbusters,” though is because it features so many great New York locations. As noted in this Vanity Fair article about the making of the movie , New York in the early ’80s wasn’t the most desirable place to be. The entertainment industry had pretty much fled the crime-ridden, decaying streets, with the notable exception of “Saturday Night Live,” which is why SNL alum Dan Aykroyd and “Ghostbusters” star/creator wasn’t afraid to film here when the idea came up. You know how today people in New York tend to be annoyed at seeing a film crew on the street? The extras and passersby in “Ghostbusters” were probably genuinely excited to see things like Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson walking down the street in their Ghostbuster gear (though not as excited as the plainly gawking crowds hanging over the railing at Rockefeller Center, watching Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin filming the climactic moment of “New York New York” in “On the Town.” I love old movies.).

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There are three locations in “Ghostbusters” that stand out for me.

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