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"Gossip Girl" Films by Empire Hotel

Since the 1920’s the red neon sign which lords over West 63rd Street from its perch atop the Empire Hotel has been a silent witness to the comings and goings of a number of notables. When the fall television season begins the retreat where New York City’s elite meet– which was recently the setting for MTV’s Summer’s Hottest A-Z— will be a star in its own right, as cameras rolled at Dante Park across the street from the famous facade on July 27, 2009 for a scene featuring Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick from the third season of the CW hit Gossip Girl.

Already accustomed to taking on the mantle of a character from a novel, the actor who brought Cecily von Ziegesar’s resident anti-hero to life on the small screen will soon transform from heartbreaker to heartbroken as Ed Westwick steps into the shoes of tortured soul Heathcliff in an upcoming adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic, Wuthering Heights.

Celebrities on location for Gossip Girl in Dante Park on the Upper West Side

Gossip Girl filming at the Empire Hotel in New York City

Celebrities on location for Gossip Girl in Dante Park on the Upper West Side

Celebrities on location for Gossip Girl in Dante Park on the Upper West Side

As the Empire Hotel is located just one block from Central Park, Leighton Meester didn’t have far to travel when she filmed a scene with co-star Blake Lively at the urban oasis the same day (see photo below).

Blake Lively and Leighton Meester filming in Central Park, New York City

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