The building that housed Hume Cronyn's lunch counter was a unique old building that was the only one on the block. Twenty-five years earlier it was used for the Judy Holliday musical Bells Are Ringing (1960) with the block in the same condition.
The opening montage shows pictures of Frank Riley in a Navy uniform circa World War 2. Later in the movie when his wife pulls out his pocket watch it has a leather fob attached with a gold anchor with a silver "USN" on it, signifying Frank achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer during his time in the service.
In the scene where Harry is running through Downtown New York with the youngest baby flying saucer. If you look carefully in the background, you can see a theater marquee of The Fly (1986), which was later released while the film was in production.
In a way, the film is like a present day western, but with a science fiction element: Lacey, a greedy and corrupt developer is using Carlos and his street gang to harass Frank, Faye and the tenants of the apartment building, in order to evict them, so the apartment building can be demolished. The flying saucers arrive and they decide to aid the tenants against Lacey. When Lacey's scheme is foiled - the flying saucers decide not to stay and moves on and fly back into outer space.
When the mass of flying saucers appears after the building burns they are arranged as follows: unused prototypes in the front row, cast plastic models in the second and third rows and scaled-down cast models in the remaining rows.
In Faye Riley's back-story: Faye suffers from dementia and has withdrawn into a reality where she believes her son Bobby, who was tragically killed in a car accident, is very much alive and mistakes Carlos for Bobby.