It is the most magical time of the year once again. Townhomes become adorned with festive decorations, store windows transform into holiday showcases and of course, ‘Buddy the Elf’ sightings begin. The first of which took some Upper East Side cops by surprise, as he recreated an iconic scene from the beloved 2003 Christmas movie ‘Elf.’
Officers from the NYPD’s 19th precinct watched with jubilation as a man dressed in full costume as Will Farrell’s famous movie character hopped across an Upper East Side crosswalk, landing only on the large white stripes and treating the rest of the pavement like hot lava.
“Yes! Yes! Yes!” the excited officers say as they cheer on the real-life ‘Buddy the Elf’ as he hops across East 59th Street at Park Avenue late last Wednesday night, Thanksgiving Eve.
In the holiday film’s famous scene, ‘Buddy the Elf’ — a human raised by elves in the North Pole — arrives in New York City to look for his real father and turns the Big Apple into his playground, getting his elf shoes shined, spinning in a revolving door and even finding the ‘world’s best cup of coffee.’
“Late night Buddy the Elf spotting on the Upper East Side!” the 19th Precinct wrote in a tweet sharing the video, which has accumulated 24,000 views.
“Bye, Buddy, we hope you find your dad!”
If seeing ‘Buddy the Elf’ in action has you feeling nostalgic, the Will Farrell classic is a click away. Subscribers can stream Elf for free on the TNT and TBS apps, as well as on HBO Max. The film is also available to rent for $3.99 on most platforms.