'You've Got Mail' Turns 20 Years Old — See How Much the Upper West Side Has Changed

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The city of New York is always changing, and New Yorkers are forever lamenting the sudden disappearance of their favorite shops, restaurants, and landmarks. This phenomenon is one of the many topics in the movie You’ve Got Mail, just as much as it’s about catfishing people on the internet, small businesses vs. big box stores, and the universal appeal of The Godfather. Like a lot of films set in NYC, Nora and Delia Ephron’s adaptation of  The Shop Around the Corner is a story about New York. You’ve Got Mail’s film locations are a real love letter to the Upper West Side — even when those locations are actually like 60 blocks south of the actual UWS.

In honor of the 20th anniversary and a city that never sleeps or stops transforming itself, here are all the major film locations from the movie then and now.

Fox Books

150 W 17th St and 7th Ave

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F-O-X! Far from the Upper West Site, the exterior location for the under-construction Fox Books is actually in the Chelsea neighborhood, at 17th St and 7th Ave. At the time it was a Barney’s, but now it houses the Rubin Museum of Art.

In the movie, the new Fox Books’ location is going in at Broadway and 83rd St, where, in real life, a new Barnes and Noble had opened in the neighborhood just a block away on 82nd. There was a lot of controversy at the time of its opening, which helped inspire the Ephrons’ story. People in the neighborhood felt the big-box bookstore would spell the end for the Shakespeare and Company on 81st. The latter did end up shutting its doors a few years later, but there are currently two Shakespeare and Co. locations in the city, one of which is just 12 short blocks south of the evil B&N.

The Shop Around the Corner

106 West 69th St.

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The Shop Around the Corner was not a bookstore in real life. The production paid for the owners of Maya Shaper’s Cheese and Antique Shop to go on vacation while they took over the location, making it into the adorable children’s bookstore in the movie and then returning it to its original state when they were done shooting. It’s now a dry cleaners.

However, if you ever want to see the children’s bookstore that inspired this one, it’s still in existence. You’ll need to hop on the 1 train or catch a cab and head down to Books of Wonder on 18 W 18th St. (It’s adorable and worth a visit.)

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Kathleen Kelly’s Apartment

328 West 89th St

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Though the businesses of the UWS have gone through a lot of changes in the 20 years since You’ve Got Mail was released, the location that served as the exterior for Kathleen’s apartment remains largely unchanged. The seven-unit, four-story building contains four 1-bedroom apartments and three studios.

Joe Fox’s Apartment

152 Riverside Drive

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152 Riverside Drive isn’t really a place, but there is an apartment with a similar awning at 160 Riverside. As for the interior shots, including the elevator where Joe and his girlfriend Patricia (Parker Posey) get stuck, is a little farther uptown at 210 Riverside Drive. As you might be able to tell from the movie, it’s fancy AF. 

79th Street Boat Basin

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Fans of the movie will recall that Joe’s got a modest houseboat (oxymoron, I know), even though Kathleen mentions she could never date anyone with a boat. Funny how our deal-breakers can fall by the wayside, right? See also, “I could never date a guy whose superstore put my dead mom’s shop out of business.” 

This is the actual marina where rich Manhattanites moor their yachts, though there isn’t a Fox I, nor a Fox II or Fox III to be found. It’s situated on the Hudson and the terminus of, you guessed it, 79th St. 

H&H Bagels

2239 Broadway

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NY152 tells Shopgirl how his neighborhood bagel shop pipes flour in at night while he’s walking the dog, creating a cloud of flour. Welp, I regret to inform you that bagel shop’s a Verizon now.

Cafe Lalo

201 W 83rd St

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The self-proclaimed “most famous cafe in NYC” is the site where “Shopgirl” waits for “NY152” in vain only to be confronted by her archenemy, Joe Fox who (the statute of limitations on spoilers is definitely less than 20 years) is actually NY152 this whole time! But this isn’t where he tells her. This is where he is actually kind of a jerk delighting over a poor small business owner getting stood up by her possible soulmate. 

Anyway, Cafe Lalo is pretty much just as it has been since it was established in 1988 and their cakes are excellent.

Barney Greengrass

541 Amsterdam

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I don’t know what it is about Meg Ryan and delis, but if she’s not on the Lower East Side having some orgasmic pastrami at Katz’s, she’s lamenting her business and love life woes to Maureen Stapleton at Barney Greengrass. Both spots are absolute institutions and if either of them closes I’m pretty sure all flags will fly at half-mast for a month.

Zabar’s

2245 Broadway

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Speaking of NYC institutions, Kathleen isn’t desperately trying to avoid Joe Fox at just any grocery store. She’s at the epicenter of every weekend brunch spread on the Upper West Side: Zabar’s. Thankfully, they’ve done away with that cash-only checkout line nonsense. 

Ocean Grill

384 Columbus Ave

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Sadly, though Nora Ephron can make almost any location iconic enough to freeze it in amber, Ocean Grill (where Joe and Kathleen’s friendship blossoms over lunch) is no longer with us. The oyster bar shuttered at the end of 2015. Actually, the owners sued their landlords for causing their shutdown, claiming that two years of construction on the building to convert it into condos had chased away customers and resulted in $6.4M in lost revenue. But if you want to enjoy a similar vibe, Ocean Grill has two sister restaurants, Atlantic Grill by Lincoln Center and Ocean Grill in Union Square.

Lincoln Square 13

1998 Broadway

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Site of possibly the most low-drama breakup in the history of film, this theater has been a Sony theater, then a Loews, and now an AMC/Loews. Raise your hand if you’re still wondering what movie they walked out on?

Gray’s Papaya

2090 Broadway

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Accept no substitutes! There are a ton of hot dog stands in NYC but Gray’s Papaya is the best. It’s not the original though — founder Nicholas Gray defected from Papaya King to start his own (arguably better) store in the 1970s. 

What both restaurants have in common (along with also-ran Papaya Dog) is tasty dogs and insanely delicious fruit drinks for rock-bottom prices. It’s also a great place to continue your quest to make your former enemy fall in love with you.

Riverside Park 91st Street Garden

91st St. and Riverside Drive

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Central Park gets a lot of press, but for some of the most beautiful greenspaces in New York you have to head west. I get why Nora and Delia Ephron chose this spot as the site where Shopgirl finally learns NY152 and Joe Fox are one and the same. The Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument two blocks south of here is a lovely spot, and a stretch of greenway called the Cherry Walk is one of the most gorgeous sites for a romantic spring walk when the cherry trees blossom. But the community garden at 91st Street is a solid backdrop for two soulmates coming together.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/entertainment/2018/12/12/o1cy6gP/youve-got-mail-film-locations

See the 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' Cast 15 Years After the Premiere

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It’s been 15 years since the premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, but we can still hear Ty Pennington yelling, “Move that bus,” as if it were yesterday. The ABC reality series, which focused on giving deserving families their dream homes, was definitely a feel-good guilty pleasure for many — and introduced audiences to a cast of talented carpenters, interior designers, and, decorators. 

It was such a feel-good show that, nearly two decades later, die-hard fans are still keeping their fingers crossed for a reboot. “I wish there’s a new season of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show,” one recently tweeted before another added, “I miss Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. They were really out there changing lives.”

A third chimed in, “I vote 2019 be the year we bring back Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. I think it’s what I’m missing in my life.” So, where are Ty, Paige Hemmis, Paul DiMeo, and the rest of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition squad today? Keep scrolling to see what the cast is doing today! 

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Ty Pennington

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Paige Hemmis

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Paul DiMeo

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Michael Moloney

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Tracy Hutson

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Eduardo Xol

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Ed Sanders

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Preston Sharp

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John Littlefield

Source : https://www.distractify.com/entertainment/2018/12/03/4sjiPwc/extreme-makeove-home-edition-cast-now

A NYC Photographer Spends 9 Years Capturing People on Their Way to Work, and the Results Are Eye-Opening

Danish photographer Peter Funch has been taking photographs of the same place at the same time for 9 years. Later on he found that he captured the same person a few times and that person looked nearly identical to the pictures made a few days apart. That finding turned into an amazing photo project named “42nd and Vanderbilt.”

We at Bright Side found it quite fascinating and want to share these Deja vu images with you.

These pictures cover the period from 2007 to 2016 and were taken from 8:30 to 9:30 in the morning in New York City. Editing the shots, the photographer found out that daily shooting in the same place, at the same time, yields a surprising result: you see the same people repeating the same rituals over years.

Street photography can be unpredictable and full of surprises. We probably don’t even realize that day after day, and year after year we do the same thing, eat the same food, drink coffee from the same shop, have the same haircut, and even wear the same colored clothes.

Who are these people? Are they sad? Are they happy? It doesn’t matter, they are random people on a busy street, they are part of us.

Just ordinary people going through an ordinary morning routine, rushing to work, getting ready for their busy day. Looking the same every day… Is it cliché or consistency? You choose for yourself.

You would think that these 2 pics were taken only a few minutes apart. And you would be wrong. Have you checked your wardrobe already to make sure that your shirts are more than one color?

The photographer found that many people even have the same expression every morning. And the same glasses sticking out of their pocket the same way.

The photographer must have been taking gazillions of photos to fish out such identical images.

We can even play a little game. Who do you think this man is and what does he do?

Is this beautiful girl is a student? Or a teacher? Whoever she is, she looks consistently very happy.

Wardrobe is a personal choice after all. Remember that one of the greatest minds of our society, Steve Jobs, wore the same black turtleneck, jeans, and New Balance sneakers every day for years and it didn’t stop him from being who he was. We don’t know these people, and who knows maybe some of them like Steve, simply have no time to waste.

What do you think about this photo project? Or maybe you saw someone you know personally. Tell us about your thoughts in the comments.

Source : https://brightside.me/creativity-photography/a-nyc-photographer-spends-9-years-capturing-people-on-their-way-to-work-and-the-results-are-eye-opening-655310/

See What the Cast of 'Twilight' Looks Like 10 Years After the Premiere

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It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since the love story between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen premiered on the big screen. 

One decade later, Stephanie Meyer’s vampire franchise, Twilight, is still one of our favorites to watch, thanks to a cast that includes Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Anna Kendrick, Kellan Lutz, and of course, the one and only Robert Pattinson. Since 2008, the stars of the hit film have gone on to do big things in Hollywood, but they will always been Forks residents to us. 

“Every part that I’ve ever played has shaped me in such a significant way…I know from an outsider’s perspective you might have something to say about that like in general. But I kind of view it as every other thing that I’ve invested in and really loved. And I’m lucky to have had that experience,” Kristen said in 2017. “I got a lot from [Twilight] and it’s made me who I am.”

So, what are the Cullens and rest of the Twilight cast up to today? Keep scrolling for an update on your favorite character from the first film.

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Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan)

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Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen)

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Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner)

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Peter Facinelli (Dr. Carlisle Cullen)

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Elizabeth Reaser (Esme Cullen)

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Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen)

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Kellan Lutz (Emmet Cullen)

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Nikki Reed (Rosalie)

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Jackson Rathbone (Jasper)

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Billy Burke (Charlie Swan)

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Cam Gigandet (James)

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Rachelle Lefevre (Victoria)

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Edi Gathegi (Laurent)

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Sarah Clarke (Renée)

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Anna Kendrick (Jessica)

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Justin Chon (Eric)

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Christian Serratos (Angela)

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Michael Welch (Mike Newton)

Source : https://www.distractify.com/entertainment/2018/11/20/1J2rnn/twilight-10-year-anniversary

16 Attractive Hollywood Actors Whose Charisma Is Growing With Years

A-list actors are handsome, successful, and famous. Sometimes they’re family guys, and many of them remain eligible bachelors. Many times it seems like Hollywood actors become more and more attractive as time passes. Let’s have a look at their old photos and compare them to their present-day pictures.

Bright Side has collected the 16 hottest Hollywood men who never fail to win over women’s hearts. We hope your favorite actors made the cut!

George Clooney

Keanu Reeves

Ryan Reynolds

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Tom Hardy

Brad Pitt

Leonardo DiCaprio

Javier Bardem

Jude Law

Justin Timberlake

Ryan Gosling

James Franco

Bradley Cooper

Matt Damon

Hugh Jackman

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Who are your favorite actors? Would you like to add anyone to this list?

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