Men In Black | 1997
The forbidding entrance to the Men In Black HQ is nothing more sinister than the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel Ventilator Building on Battery Place, north of Battery Park (or so they’d like us to believe).
The ‘spaceship towers’ and giant globe used as the alien landing site are the remnants of the 1964-65 New York Worlds Fair in Flushing Meadow, Union Turnpike-44th Avenue, in Queens (you’ll see them if you take the cab to Manhattan from JFK Airport). The Unisphere, the giant hollow globe trashed by the flying saucer was reconstructed in the studio in Hollywood.
Agent J (Will Smith) encounters his first alien by Grand Central Station. A short chase later and they’re climbing up Frank Lloyd Wright’s white spiral Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue at East 89th Street.
The ‘Rosenberg Jewellery store’, which gets blown up, is at 54 MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village, while the ‘squid birth’ is at Liberty Park, Jersey City, the tip of New Jersey opposite the Statue of Liberty.