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Generally, we advocate for getting outside and exploring the city, no matter the season. But we’ll concede that sometimes it’s just not gonna happen. Fortunately, you can still soak up some NYC ambience from the comfort of your bed/couch—by way of these movies. 

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MGM

Moonstruck (Amazon)

A classic rom-com that’s managed to hold up over time, despite the fact that it’s 30 years old. (And Cher won an Oscar for it, NBD.)

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Columbia Pictures

Ghostbusters (Amazon)

You’ll have to sign up for a Starz free trial for this one, but it’s a small price to pay to watch Kate McKinnon in all her madcap glory.

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HBO

Grey Gardens (HBO)

No, not the acclaimed 1975 documentary that introduced the world to Jackie O.’s eccentric relatives and their Hamptons estate (though if you haven’t seen it, go watch immediately). This 2009 HBO film stars Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore (as Big and Little Edie, respectively)…so, yeah. No further explanation needed.

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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (Hulu)

Feel like becoming a more involved New Yorker but not sure where to start? Get inspired by this documentary about activist Jane Jacobs, who went head-to-head with city developers in the ’50s and ’60s over their plans to build a highway through downtown Manhattan. (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel even gave her a shout-out.)

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Amazon Studios

Landline (Amazon)

Jenny Slate and ’90s nostalgia, all wrapped up in one dysfunctional Manhattan family portrait? Consider our Prime subscription renewed.

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Sundance Selects

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (Hulu, Netflix)

Pour one out for the late, great Broadway legend (and onetime mother of Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock), who passed away in 2014. Thankfully, she left us with this hilarious, riveting glimpse into her life at age 86.

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Warner Bros.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (HBO)

OK, we realize the “New York” in which the movie takes place is a bit of a stretch. But you will catch an appearance of the gorgeous (and rarely glimpsed) City Hall subway station.

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CBS Films

Inside Llewyn Davis (Amazon)

Or as we like to call it, two hours of Oscar Isaac’s face. (Just kidding, it’s also a very good movie, and Greenwich Village features prominently.)

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IFC Films

Frances Ha (Netflix)

Already seen Lady Bird twice in theaters? Keep the Gerwig lovefest going with this 2013 charmer (which she co-wrote) that captures a sometimes painfully familiar slice of 20-something life in NYC.

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