The Tavern on the Green is a restaurant located in New York City's Central Park just off Central Park West at West 67th Street on Manhattan's Upper West Side. After originally opening in 1934, the restaurant filed for bankruptcy and eventually closed its doors in 2009; however in 2014 it reopened under new management.
In 1984, Louis Tully fled from Vinz Clortho and ran into Central Park. Louis found himself outside the Tavern but couldn't find a way inside. He banged once on the window. He ran to door. It was locked. Louis whimpered to be let in. Louis knocked a white chair down, then doubled back and hopped over some brush, and banged on the window. He pleaded for someone to let him in. Louis kept on screaming, then turned his head around then his whole body. His back pressed against the window. Despite voicing his distress to the customers and employees inside, Louis was left alone outside with Vinz Clortho, who had caught up to him. Louis tried to talk to him like a person to a regular dog and frantically checked his pocket for a Milk-Bone. Vinz Clortho growled. Louis screamed in terror then slid down to the ground and fainted. The restaurant guests and staff were quiet for a couple of seconds, then resumed their conversations. The music restarted as well.
- While scouting locations and emulating Louis Tully's path from 550 Central Park West apartment, Ivan Reitman saw the Tavern on the Green and decided to use it.
- John DeCuir dressed the Tavern's entryway with two stone statues in order to tie into the Gothic undertones of the movie.
- The girl with the pink bow in her hair, celebrating her birthday at the Tavern on the Green is singer Debbie Gibson. She turns her head and looks at Louis Tully as he screams, face-to-face with Vinz Clortho.
- In Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1, the Tavern on the Green has been replaced with the Ritz Cafe.
- On page 3 of Ghostbusters International #11, in panel 5, part of the Ritz Cafe, formerly the Tavern on the Green, can be seen.
- The section of map on the Regular Cover of Ghostbusters 101 #4 references the Tavern.
- On Cover B and page 5 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1, the New York Times Monday classifieds references Tavern on the Green.
- ↑ Mail Online 4/23/14 "5 things to know about NYC's Tavern on the Green"
- ↑ Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 123 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Michael Gross says: "The original idea was for Louis to be trapped by the Terror Dog in a dark corner of the park. But Ivan was scouting locations one day, emulating Louis' moves from the time he runs out of the apartment building -- 'Louis runs here, then he runs here, and then he runs ... there!' And there was the Tavern on the Green -- a logical distance for Louis to have run, and a logical place to seek refuge."
- ↑ Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 123 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Habitues of the Tavern on the Green were no doubt puzzled to see its entryway flanked by two stone statues -- another bit of John DeCuir set dressing designed to enhance the Gothic ambiance of the city."
- ↑ Spook Central Film Trivia
- ↑ Debbie Gibson instagram 6/8/2016
- ↑ Debbie Gibson Facebook 6/8/2016