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New York in Reel Life

by nycgo.com staff, 07/31/2012

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  • Coming to America (1988)
    What happens: Akeem (Eddie Murphy), prince of the imaginary African nation Zamunda, is displeased with the woman his parents want him to marry, finding her overly submissive. So he goes to New York City's borough of Queens, where he falls in love with the daughter of a man who owns a familiar-looking fast-food restaurant called McDowell's.
    Notable spots: The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (below) is where the King of Zamunda (James Earle Jones) stays when he comes to New York to retrieve his son. And McDowell's—that fictional fast-food restaurant with many suspicious parallels to McDonald's—is a building at 85-07 Queens Blvd., which is really home to a Wendy's.
    Pro Tip: The difference between a Big Mac and a "Big Mick" is that the latter is on a seedless bun.

    Buy it on DVD.

    Waldorf-Astoria
    Courtesy, Waldorf-Astoria

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