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|Harry and Sally carrying a Christmas tree in Manhattan–credit|
We all remember the 1989 classic, When Harry Met Sally, filmed in various locations around New York City. One of my favorite scenes is when the leading couple struggles to carry their Christmas tree on a snow-covered sidewalk. (This is really how we New Yorkers transport our trees too, unless we get them delivered.)
Sally Albright, played by Meg Ryan, manages to handle a tree alone in another scene, but for this one she has the help of her partner in crime, Harry Burns, better known as the incomparable Billy Crystal.
That’s a mighty fat tree for a New York apartment, isn’t it?
Surprisingly, this scene happened on West 96th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The building just behind Harry and Sally is 209 West 96th Street or as it’s still known today: The Plant Shed, which has been a family business for more than 60 years, spanning three generations. The awnings were originally green, but have since been changed to red.
|The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus is at the intersection of 96th and Amsterdam–credit|
To the right of The Plant Shed is The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, built in the Gothic style in 1900. Today the church is considered one of the most beautiful in all of New York City. Santa stood in front of stairs on the side of the church as Harry and Sally made their way east on 96th Street with the tree. For some odd reason, in the film, the location looks like a quieter street rather than a busy four-lane thoroughfare. That’s the magic of filmmaking.
|The view looking west on 96th Street toward Broadway on the Upper West Side –credit|