New York, New York. It may be the words to a song, but there is a reason why New York City remains a popular place to film any films or TV series. Did you know that there is a 30 percent tax credit offered to those productions, which choose to film in the Big Apple? It has been offered since 2004 and this is more than some states offer. In California, the tax rate is only 20 percent and there is a cap on how much can be offered. Did you know at any given time, a record number of 23 TV shows are being filmed around the City? What is your favorite TV show of all-time? Here is a look at some of the TV shows that are or have previously been filmed in New York City.

Pan Am – This TV show set in the 1963 depicted the life of an airline steward on the now-defunct Pan Am airlines. Set in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the drama employed 400 people. While show producers were hopeful that the drama would be around for another two years, the show was not filmed around Brooklyn Navy Yard for long. The show begins in September of 2011 and ended by February 2012. It was replaced mid-season by GCB.

Seinfeld – The world was perhaps changed by the idea of the made-up holiday, “Festivus.” Seinfeld was one of the best comedies about the quirky lifestyles of New Yorkers, parking spaces, dating, and hair-brained schemes. Running nine years and being filmed in locations all over New York, it quickly became one of America’s most loved TV series from 1989 to 1998. Seinfeld episodes will forever live on DVD and the Writer’s Guild of America named it the No. 2 ‘Best Written TV series of All Time.’ It was only beaten by the Sopranos. Though used as the exterior for Monk’s Cafe on the show, the favored sitcom featured the real-life Tom’s Restaurant, a diner at 112th Street and Broadway.

Gossip Girl – It was originally supposed to be a film based on the book series, with Lindsay Lohan playing the lead role. However, the project never left the ground and instead, it became a television series which ran for six seasons. Running from September 2007 to December 2012, it became popular with the younger crowd. It also nicknamed the “Most Restaurant-y Show” since Sex in the City. Famous locations, which made appearances in the series, were Columbia University, exteriors of the Museum of the City of New York, a scene in the Brooklyn Inn and the famed Russian Tea Room, and the Empire Hotel on the Upper West Side. The crew at one point considered making Los Angeles into Central Park, but quickly decided there was no Central Park without the Central Park. With the background being seen behind the characters, producers decided the show needed the character which only filming in New York City could bring.

Friends – Who knew friends could stay friends or stay together so long? The sitcom series lasted 10 years, from 1994 to 2004. Though many people liked ‘Rachel’s’ hair on the show, it was something even Jennifer Aniston could not take the credit. She was not good at styling with a blow dryer and hairbrush. The real reason Aniston’s hair looked great was because of her stylist on the show. With the drama between friends in one apartment building, Friends became one of the most popular TV sitcoms and its hit television theme song became so popular, the musicians were rushing back into the studio. When the music was chosen for the show, the musicians had only written half a song for the show and had to rush to finish the chorus and a verse. “I’ll Be There (For You)” by the Rembrandts became one of the most popular songs on the Billboards, as record numbers of viewers tuned in to see Friends. The show used a number of exteriors around New York City, including a Greenwich Village shop that served as the exterior for Central Perk. The Solow Building on Saks Fifth Avenue is featured in this long-running sitcom and the beautiful Pulitzer Fountain.

Gotham – Is America ready for a world that is pre-Batman? A TV show based on the comic book story, this TV drama features bigger named stars Jada Pinkett Smith and Donal Logue. Though this fictional city may be more corrupt before Batman’s arrival, Gotham does not exist. In real life, New York City makes a great backdrop for a city where trouble may be waiting around the corner. It has been said the show has already surpassed the traditional pilot stage and went straight to an order by the networks to become a series. The question now is, where will Poison Ivy, Two-Faced Harvey, and the Joker appear around New York City?