The image of Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) in her black evening gown and sunglasses with a pearl necklace around her neck and a coffee and croissant in her hand is an iconic one. In the early moments of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s‘ we see her get out of a yellow cab as the morning light breaks and gaze up at the Tiffany & Co. sign of the famous jewellery store. Its address is 727 5th Avenue at 57th Street and I tried my best to replicate the screenshot.
A couple of days later I went to see Golightly’s apartment building at 169 East 71st Street which may be missing the green and white striped awning but is still recognisable enough. This apartment was the place where we saw Mickey Rooney portray the Japanese landlord Mr Yunioshi in an era when you could get away with such a thing. This is also the apartment where Golightly meets new tenant Paul Varjak played by George Peppard who may have made his name in this role but of course is known to people of my age as the cigar chomping leader Col. John “Hannibal” Smith of ‘The A-Team‘.
When Holly and Paul spend a day together daring each other to experiment with new things he takes her to the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue at 42nd Street which is 15 blocks away from the famed jeweller Tiffany’s. America’s second largest public library has also featured in many other films and will certainly appear again in some of my other ‘New York Filming Locations’ articles.