Sets in the city
Devoted fans of movies and TV shows love to make pilgrimages to the places where their favorite scenes were set. Now the New York City Mayor's Office for Film, Theater and Broadcast is making it easier to track down locations featured in everything from "Sex and the City" and Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" to "Spider-Man 2" and "Kinsey."
Go to the Web site www.nyc.gov/film, click on "On Location" in the left-hand column and scroll down to "Sets in the City." The information will help you find neighborhoods, shops, hotels, restaurants and bars visited by your favorite actors.
"Spider-Man" fans will want to check out the Flatiron Building, where the fictional Daily Bugle offices were located; Aunt May's house, on 69th Road between Metropolitan and Sybilla Street in Forest Hills, Queens; and Joe's Pizza, where Peter Parker worked as a deliveryman, at 233 Bleecker St. near Carmine.
"Apprentice" addicts may want to create a tasting tour of restaurants where the show has been filmed, such as Rafaella Restaurant, 384 Bleecker St.; Bettola Restaurant, 412 Amsterdam Ave. at 79th Street; and Nadine's Restaurant, 99 Bank St.
If you prefer Sarah Jessica Parker to Donald Trump, head for "Sex and the City" venues like Sushi Samba, 245 Park Ave.; Tartine Et Chocolat, 1047 Madison Ave.; Cafe Edison, 228 W. 47th St.; Gray's Papaya, West Eighth Street and Sixth Avenue, and the Monkey Bar, 60 E. 54th St.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the peaceful dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden, and Norway is observing its independence with a variety of festivals and cultural programs.
Festivals featuring free concerts and theatrical performances in squares and city streets will be held in Oslo June 3-13; Bergen June 14-19; Kristiansand June 15-26; Trondheim Aug. 1-6; and Tromso Aug. 16-21. The Nobel Peace Center opens in Oslo on June 11, and the royal families from both Norway and Sweden will be present for the opening of the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo on June 11. The center will host exhibits about Nobel Prize laureates, lectures and meetings on conflict resolution. Visit www.nobelpeacecenter.org for details on the center and www.norway.org.