Journey Through the Streets of ‘Fairytale of New York’: Unraveling the Music Video’s Secrets

Journey Through the Streets of ‘Fairytale of New York’: Unraveling the Music Video’s Secrets

Exploring Fairytale of New York: Unveiling the Filming Locations

A Timeless Christmas Anthem

The cherished Christmas anthem, “Fairytale of New York,” released in 1987 by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, has become a perennial favorite during the holiday season.

Beyond its musical allure, fans worldwide are drawn to the iconic music video’s filming locations, each capturing the essence of the tragic tale within the song.

The Detective’s Revelation: Bob Egan’s Investigation

Bob Egan, a self-proclaimed “pop culture detective,” recently compiled a comprehensive list of all the filming locations used in the “Fairytale of New York” music video.

Collaborating with ‘photo-location expert’ Chung Wong, Egan’s findings provide an intriguing journey into the real-life spots that contributed to the video’s visual narrative.

Context: The Song’s Significance and Recent News

Released during a tumultuous period for The Pogues, the song played a pivotal role in saving the band, propelling them into mega-stardom.

In the wake of Shane MacGowan’s recent passing at age 65, the song has resurfaced, prompting a renewed interest in the places that contributed to its visual storytelling.

The Filming Locations Unveiled: A Tour of New York City

The Police Station Scene:

The video begins with a scene at a police station, filmed at the former 23rd police precinct at 134-138 West 30th Street.

Now housing the Traffic Division, the building has also been featured in notable movies.

Kirsty’s Street Performance:

Kirsty’s solo performance down a New York street was filmed on 33rd Street, where Broadway and Sixth Avenue intersect.

Nearby, scenes of Kirsty and Shane strolling together in a flashback were also captured.

Choir Performance at Washington Square Park:

A memorable choir performance takes place at the iconic Washington Square Park, adding a picturesque touch to the video.

Hotel Lobby Argument:

The heated argument between Kirsty and Shane unfolds in the lobby of what was once the Time Square Hotel, located at the corner of 43rd St and 8th Avenue, now serving as a ‘city-owned shelter.’

Monuments and Landmarks:

Various New York landmarks make appearances, including the 59th Street Bridge (Queensboro Bridge) and Rockefeller Center at 49th Street and 5th Avenue.

Christmas Lights at Tavern on the Green:

The enchanting scene featuring trees adorned with Christmas lights was filmed at Tavern on the Green, located at 66th St and Central Park West.

Conclusion: Reliving the Magic

As fans revisit “Fairytale of New York” in the aftermath of Shane MacGowan’s passing, exploring the video’s filming locations adds a layer of nostalgia and appreciation for the timeless Christmas classic.

Bob Egan’s detective work provides a fascinating glimpse into the tangible spaces that contributed to the enduring allure of this beloved song.

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