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Photos show what ‘Elf’ locations in New York City really look like



  • I’ve lived in New York City for over a year, and I’ve been to many of the spots where the movie “Elf” was filmed.
  • Most of the locations shown in the 2003 film look the same today, like the Empire State Building and Central Park.
  • Gimbels, where Buddy (the elf the movie is about) works, used to be a real department store in NYC, but it closed in the ’80s; the Textile Building was used as the exterior of Gimbels in the movie instead.
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Warning: Spoilers ahead for the movie “Elf.”

Every December, my brother and I watch “Elf” together. Then, we spend the whole year referencing its many hilarious bits to one another whenever they are relevant.

Now that I live in New York City, where my favorite holiday movie was filmed, I’ve passed through many of the film’s iconic locations from Rockefeller Center to Central Park.

But while you can visit some of the sites from the movie, I’ve found that they don’t all look like they do in the film.

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