By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 7, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we celebrate the release of a summer movie smash hit.


Forty years ago, America found out who to call with the release of Ghostbusters.  The movie was a summertime hit, ranking number 1 in the box office for 7 straight weeks, and launched movie sequels, a television cartoon, comic books, and games. 

In 2015, the film was chosen for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

Since the map accompanying this item is New York City, it only follows that we would highlight some NYC places in the film which was primarily shot there on location for 6 weeks. 

The first ghost appears in the New York City Public Library’s main branch on 5th Avenue.  The apartment building where Dana Barrett and Louis Tully live is located at 55 Central Park West and next to it is the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church which is stepped on by the Marshmallow Man.  The Firehouse Hook & Ladder Company 8 was used as the exterior of the Ghostbusters’ office.  Other iconic sites are recognizable – Tavern on the Green, Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center.

Ghostbusters was one of the first films to be termed a “Blockbuster” and forty years later it is still a recognizable brand that parents, children, and grandchildren can all appreciate.

This set of maps of Manhattan by Hardy in 1870 shows the various political subdivisions.

Manhattan – 1870 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.