Here's Where You Can Find Marilyn Monroe's Iconic Subway Grate in Midtown Manhattan

(Video: Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC. Music: Jeff Kaale)

Whether or not you have seen 1955’s The Seven Year Itch, you most likely are familiar with the iconic Marilyn Monroe scene that was in the Hollywood classic.

Image 1
Filming of Subway Grate Scene, Seven Year Itch -1954
Photo: Imgur

The scene is perhaps the most well-known Marilyn Monroe scene that she ever filmed, and it was captured right here in Midtown Manhattan, on the southwest corner of 52nd Street and Lexington Avenue.

Hundreds of spectators came out to watch filming on September 15th, 1954 at about 1am. The director reportedly shot the scene 14 times to get it right, and each time the crowd (mostly male) would cheer loudly whenever the skirt was blown up by the wind, nearly ruining the shot.

Image 3
Photo: Classic Movie Hub

The updraft from the subway grate isn’t normally strong enough to blow up a dress of that size and is unpredictable for a film shoot, so large fans were placed below that could blow up wind on demand for the shoot.

Image 4
Marilyn Monroe subway grate

The block has changed drastically over the years, and while the actual metal grates have been replaced, the subway ventilation shafts remains the same.

There are no signs of any sort on the location to commemorate the piece of movie history that was made here. Most people walk right over the grates without a clue of its cultural significance.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their three dogs. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time working from a treadmill desk at home.

Brought To You By...