April 18, 2006

The Google Maps Guide to Ghostbusters

NOTE: After two years working just fine, the map is having problems. I’m trying to fix it. Sorry for the inconvenience. Should be fixed now. Let me know if you have any problems!

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Hey! There’s a Ghostbusters symbol in my Google logo! What’s going on? One’s a movie, and one’s a search engine. Next thing you know, fish will be flying, trees will be swimming, cats and dogs living together — mass hysteria!

Welcome to the Interactive Google Maps Guide to Ghostbusters. You can click the Google logo above or the map image below at any time to launch the map in a new window, or read on for more info.

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I’ve created a mashup of Google Maps and every New York City location used in filming the movie Ghostbusters and its sequel Ghostbusters 2 that a person might be likely to visit on a trip to Manhattan. It’s my first time using the Google Maps API, but I think I’ve come up with a slick way to use it. But still, let me know if anything doesn’t work right.

Also, if you’d like to link to the map, please link to this entry’s permalink instead of the map itself. Thanks.

Ready? Check it out! The map will open in a new window.


Nice map. Where’d ya find all those locations? Some seem pretty obscure there.

Also, looks like you’re missing a few.

Hey. Ghostbusters is a cool movie. Thanks for the great site!

I’m trying to set up a map site for all the hangouts on the old TV show “Spencer for Hire”. This site has been inspiration. Maybe you guys can assist me too? Obviously there’s “Knot’s Bar” in Brooklyn, and Spencer’s apartment across the street. Check it out if you want: www.chanticleer.con. Peace out man!

“Spenser for Hire” was in Boston, not NY.

My son is going to love this map. Thanks for putting it together!

Awesome !!!

How about making a Google Earth file with placemarks showing the same information for use within Google Earth? It’s pretty simple to do from within Google Earth, or even easier if you find a tool to convert your waypoints from Google Maps into KML.

“I like this plan!! I’m excited to be a part of it! Let’s do it!!”

This absolutely Rocks! You’re so my new hero. :) Thanks for putting this together.

I’m a big fan and actually was on site (and maybe on camera?) for a crowd scene in the sequel. Email me if you ever want to gab GB sometime. Thanks again!

How about The Real Ghostbusters cartoon series? See here.

OMG that is the sweetest thing I have ever seen!!!!!

OMG that is the sweetest thing I have ever seen!!!!!

GB fan…very nice work. Try this one http://www.paperinside.com/ecto-1

I don’t know who you are, but I think I may be in love with you. This is awesome.

I love this town.

Hey, it’s “Onassis”, not “O’Nassis”. Ari was Greek, not Irish!

Nice work, this is cool!

if you like this sort of thing, you’d probably like googlesightseeing.com, check out the movie locations (Link) - or submit some of your own! :)

i weep with glee :)

Hey, great site! I’m about to visit NYC from Melbourne, Australia, and was planning to track down some Ghostbusters sites. I hadn’t found their HQ till now, so thanks.

A thousand Thank You’s! The Missus and I are visiting New York in October and now I can actualy visit the Ghostbuster HQ! Now I have even more to look forward to.

I forget which one it is in, but there’s a scene of a huge ghost ducking under the arch at Grand Army Plaza. You should throw that one on there too.
Here’s the location:

I am really pleased with this Map , I live in the UK and i am off to NY for the first time in december this year .

Big Ghostbusters fun when I was a Kid



You are my hero for making this. I’ll be sure to use it when I visit NY for a GB tour.

If you want to actually visit Dana’s building, you’ll need to hit Philadelphia. Exterior scenes were shot on top of the Drake Tower, on Spruce Street between 15th and 16th.

Hey, Kent. I’m pretty sure that’s incorrect. While the Drake Tower may have been inspiration for Dana’s building, I don’t think anything was actually shot there. The exterior views of the roof were sometimes matte paintings, and sometimes a set on a soundstage. I don’t think anything was shot at the Drake. Does anyone have any documentation anywhere that would support the Philadelphia story? -David

Yeah Kent.. you are actually wrong.

wow.. awesome .. thanks for putting this masterpiece together. im a big big fan of the films and ill definatly visit all the sites when i ever get to nyc

p. g.

great map, tho dana’s apt in gb2 is at the wrong location. the building is on the southside of the street, almost directly in between 1st and 2nd ave. the sceen was chopped up a lot and made the street look a lot longer then it actually is. the bus stop where slimmer picks up louis is also in that area. at 75 and 1 on the SE corner, though there is no stop there but more north on the next corner

Fantastic site and very accurate - Can’t wait to go back with the Google Earth version and GPS on laptop to revisit some of the sites.

The exterior roof shots from above (and from CP / Grand Lawn) were matte paintings superimposed on to the real 55 CPW (misnumbered by one in the film). Some of the art directors and painters were walking around the matte set after the Zuul and Vinz Clortho meeting (the creation of the “stairs” to the roof from Dana’s 2206 residence) to create an effect of movement at that time. The actual rooftop shooting location for the cast was on one of Universal’s lots in Hollywood where they constructed (and destroyed several times) a three flight addition to the building on 55 CPW to include the Summerian / gothic architecture. Most of the architecture for the rooftop set was from a book titled “Rooftops of New York” or something similar to that. They also created a facade of the entrance to 55 CPW at Universal which was used in the scenes where the pavement ruptures and the cast falls in before entering the building. Various other locations were used for inside filming such as a very uncharacteristic set (for set filming) where Dana and Louis’ appartments were actually across from each other, hallway and all, on a single set. The interior firehouse shots were at an abandonded LA Firehouse (built in the same year as the NYC firehosue which is still in operation to my knowledge, and has the “No Ghost” logo panel sign on the inside) - both built 1912, etc, the list goes on. In total about 4 1/2 weeks were spent shooting in NYC (which is usually a very hard place to film, especially from a sound point of view). Tavern on the Green, however, actually allowed filming there, which was a bit of a surprise. Hope this added at least some knowledge…

dear diary,
this site helped me find the still functioning firehouse that was ghostbusters hq yesterday. the firemen let me take as many pictures as i wanted. there is a painting on the sidewalk of the gb logo, and inside the fire station it looks like they have the original hanging sign. life is good


i can’t get the map to work :( shows the map, but no locations. help!

Umm…it’s not showing anything…just the map…

Not sure what’s up with the map, but it no longer shows any locations.

I’d love for this to be working again as it was real damned comprehensive.

Thanks for trying to fix the map! I’m waiting in anticipation :)

Hey when is the map due to be getting fixed? I mean to show the locations. Hope to see it soon :)

Hows the map coming along?

I am going to New York in a month!!! This maps out a ton of stuff I wanna see thanks!!!