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Wednesday December 12th 2018

Single White Female | 1992

Single White Female filming location: The Ansonia, Broadway, West Side, New York
Single White Female location: The Ansonia, Broadway, West Side, New York

After splitting up with her boyfriend, Allison Jones (Bridget Fonda) invites mousy little Hedra Carlson (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to share her NY apartment, only to find she’s living with the Flatmate From Hell.

Jones works in the old and beautiful Rizzoli’s Bookstore, which stood at 31 West 57th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, midtown. Despite a campaign to save the historic building, it was completely demolished in 2014.

Her ‘Victoria’ apartment is supposedly ‘768 West 74th Street’. Close, but not quite. It is, in fact, the gloriously embellished turn-of-the-century Ansonia, 2109 Broadway, between West 73rd and West 74th Streets.

Single White Female filming location: The Ansonia, Broadway, West Side, New York
Single White Female location: The Ansonia, Broadway, West Side, New York

Not actually a hotel, Ansonia is, as in the movie, a private apartment block. Its heavily soundproofed walls have made it an ideal home for musicians – luminaries such as Enrico Caruso, Arturo Toscanini, Ezio Pinza and Igor Stravinsky have stayed here. See it also as George Burns’ home in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys. A sinister assignation is held in the alleyway running behind the Ansonia in Sydney Pollack's 1970s thriller Three Days Of The Condor.