Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby was released into theaters on June 12th, 1968. Filming took place in New York, NY. Filming ran from August 21st, 1967 to December 6th, 1967. It was adapted from Ira Levin's novel of the same name. Roman Polanski directed the film. Thirty-one years later he'd go on to direct another satanic affiliated film, The Ninth Gate, starring Johnny Depp. Rosemary's Baby was the final film Polanski would direct before the tragic events of August 8th/9th, 1969 that saw members of the "Manson Family" murder is wife Sharon Tate, their eight and a half month old unborn child and three friends who were there visiting, at the home they were renting. Mia Farrow plays the lead of Rosemary Woodhouse. It has a fittingly eerie score by Krzysztof Komeda, which I really like. The films first DVD release was on October 3rd, 2000.

The Bramford - 1 W. 72nd St. New York, NY. 10023
(The Dakota)

Designed by architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, it was constructed between October 25th, 1880 and October 27th, 1884. It consists of ten stories and has sixty-five apartments, with no two being alike. For the first forty-five years of it's existence, The Dakota had no apartment vacancies. Hopeful residents must submit years of financial statements and tax documents, go through a background check and pay a fee of over one-thousand dollars. Even then, the board of directors can still reject them. Notable former residents include Judy Garland, Boris Karloff, John Lennon, John Madden, Joe Namath, Jack Palance and Rex Reed. On December 8th, 1980 John Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman four times in the back at close range in the buildings archway entrance, after returning home from a recording session. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital a short while later. The building was designated a New York City Landmark on February 11th, 1969. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 26th, 1972 and was designated a National Historic Landmark on December 8th, 1976. Only the exteriors and the courtyard were used for filming, the interiors were sets built at Paramount Studios.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2019.

Time & Life Building - 1271 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY. 10020
(1271 Avenue of the Americas)

Designed by architect Wallace Harrison, it opened in 1959 as the Time & Life Building. It's a forty-eight story building located in Rockefeller Center. During my visit, there was heavy renovation taking place around the perimeter of the building and sidewalk, with most of it closed off to the public access, particularly in the area where the film was shot. Scenes from the AMC show Mad Men were also filmed on the buildings 37th floor.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2019.

Rosemary wanders into traffic - 5th Ave. and E. 55th St. New York, NY. 10019

The Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, which was erected on May 9th, 1875, can be seen across the street.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2019.

Bookstore - 41 W. 47th St. New York, NY. 10036
(Gotham Book Mart)

The book store was at this location from 1946 to 2007, when it closed. Over the years it hosted meetings of the Finnegans Wake Society, the James Joyce Society, poetry and author readings, art exhibits and more. In 2000, it received New York Magazine's Best of New York Independent Bookstore award. At the time of my visit, it was a jewelry store called D&M World Creation.


Dr. Abraham Sapirstein's office - 811 5th Ave. New York, NY. 10065

The building is thirteen stories tall.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2019.

Dr. C.C. Hill's office - 650 Park Ave. New York, NY. 10065

It's an apartment building, built in 1963, which has twenty-one stories containing ninety-nine units.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2019.


  1. My friend Joel Schiller was the Production Designer for "Rosemary's Baby." Joel designed the interiors of the Bramford. He designed the interior decoration...every inside view. He also painted the paintings Rosemary sees as she is transported to the coven, especially the burning church. Joel also worked as Art Director on "The Graduate." Joel worked with Walt Disney: he designed The Matterhorn, bobsled ride. Joel and his partner Albert bought an old Hollywoodland castle in the early 1980s and restored it. The castle was the honeymoon hideaway for Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. (Their castle at 2720 Woodhaven, L.A.)

    1. I believe Jordan the Lion did a fantastic video of the Clark Gable castle you’re speaking of. It really is a magnificent building.