Two real life dramas happened on my “New York TV & Movie sites tour”.

Near Washington Square, where Billy Crystal met Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally, we heard a man bellowing at the top of his voice.

A motorist had cut off a cyclist, and road rage was in full swing. A  NYPD squad car just happened to drive up, and soon the cops were piling out of the car. I half-expected helicopters to turn up.

Like a scene from Seinfeld,a fire truck, minus Kramer, races  out of Hook & Ladder 8.

Like a scene from Seinfeld,a fire truck, minus Kramer, races out of Hook & Ladder 8. Photo: Michael Day

Then we were in for more action from true life when we turned up to a fire station known as Hook & Ladder 8 on North Moore Street, the location for a funny scene from Seinfeld when Kramer rode a fire truck.

As we began taking photos, bells started going off at high volume, the doors flung open and a fire engine roared away to a real fire with siren blaring.

The other noise was tour participants collapsing in laughter at the coincidental timing.

Like the true professional actor she is, our On Location Tours guide Roseanne Almanzar didn’t miss a beat: “All organised for your benefit!”

The tour had started at the other end of Manhattan, in Ellen’s Stardust diner on Broadway, where the talented waiters burst into song just after they deliver breakfast.

Live show over breakfast at Ellen's Stardust diner on Broadway. I recommend the porridge.

Live show over breakfast at Ellen’s Stardust diner on Broadway. I recommend the porridge. Photo: Michael Day

As our coach drove along some of the most famous streets in the world, Roseanne pointed out locations for some of the most popular movies and TV shows.

Here’s just a taste: Empire State Building (King Kong, Sleepless in Seattle), St Patrick’s Cathedral (Spider-Man),  Rockefeller Center (Home Alone), Time Life Building (Mad Men), Trump International Hotel and Tower (Borat, Celebrity Apprentice.)

Everybody’s favourite, though, was  the Friends Building in Bedford Street, which provided the establishing shot for the TV show. The show was actually filmed in California but this spot provided  a perfect lighting and a good corner view.

It's been a long wait since my audition for Friends.

It’s been a long wait since my audition for Friends. Photo: Roseanne Almanzar.

We stopped in SoHo where, in the tear-like rain, I saw the building where the accomplished Australian actor, Heath Ledger lived and passed away.

On a more cheerful Australian-related note, Roseanne pointed out the Manhattan Municipal Building where a famous scene in Crocodile Dundee was filmed. The Australians aboard had Paul Hogan’s line memorised and we popped it out: “That’s not knife, that’s a knife!”

Roseanne pointed out where some celebrities live or have lived in the Tribeca district —  Beyonce and Jay-Z,  Leonardo DiCaprio, Scarlett Johansson….. the list is long.

The most mentioned film on the tour was The Adjustment Bureau, and as soon as I arrived home, I rented it, extending the pleasure of the tour.

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Michael Day was assisted by Visit USA Australia http://visitusa.org.au/.