- Posted November 7, 2011 by
New York, New York
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iReport at the movies
Landmark NYC Tower Heisted In New Movie
With what's being called a disappointing opening weekend total of $25 million, "Tower Heist" starring Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller also stars a landmark New York City skyscraper.
Built in 1970 for the Gulf and Western companies, the former G+W building, once a 45 story office building dominated the West Side skyline of New York City at the southwest entrance of Central Park near Columbus Circle.
Since then several other giant towers keep company to the G+W, including the twin Time Warner buildings at the Circle.
A rooftop restaurant was never popular and the movie theatres in the lower level have been closed for years.
The "tower" is now the Trump International Hotel and Towers, a combination hotel/residential building.
The "Trump" name is not featured in the movie- a penthouse apartment seen in the film is was actually created in a set in Brooklyn...but the commanding views of Central Park and the city below are real.
Any long time resident remembers the G+W sign and the white tower that with the 1997 renovation turned the facade into a glass monument, with steel beams shining gold in the afternoon sun.
Here are some photos of the G+W now known as the Trump International Hotel and Towers, gateway to the Upper West Side of Manhattan.