Daredevil is the first of four Netflix original series set in the Marvel cinematic universe and is the second attempt to bring the character known as “The Man Without Fear” to the screen. The plot focuses on the career beginnings of two people: Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk. Murdock is a lawyer in Hell’s Kitchen, who lost his sight in a childhood accident; Fisk is a businessman who dreams of transforming New York City. The series follows these two rivals as they become what comic readers recognize as Daredevil and The Kingpin.
Much has changed since the 1980s; Frank Miller’s version of Hell’s Kitchen is much different than the one we know of today. The showrunners decided to keep the story set in a fictional Hell’s Kitchen but film all over New York City. Discerning viewers woudl have noticed that the intersection of Bedford and North 7th Street substituted as Hell’s Kitchen in the very first episode. Here is a list of locations used in Netflix’s Daredevil.
Season Two Update: If you’re like us and just finished binge watching 13 hours of Daredevil Season 2 and were curious about the film locations, you can jump ahead here.
The first time we are introduced to Wesley, the right hand man to Wilson Fisk, is in Abe Lebewohl Park in the East Village, located in front off the Church of St. Mark’s in the Bowery. Wesley is blackmailing someone who owes a debt and the show shows early on that the criminals here are willing to use leverage against anyone. We recognized the statue right away as it is one of the defining features of the park, which is named after the owner of a former deli that was on Second Avenue and East 10th Street. Lebewohl, a refugee from Ukraine, had once served sandwiches to sports legends like Muhammad Ali and Joe DiMaggio, as well as, comedy legends the likes of Bob Hope and Joan Rivers.
Besides his famous clientele, Lebewohl was known to give free food to the homeless and hold events to celebrate his Ukrainian-Jewish roots. It is because of his reputation throughout the East Village that led over 1,500 people to attend his funeral in 1996, after he was gunned down at a nearby bank. The park was named after him soon afterwards and today is used as a host for a greenmarket and a summer concert series. A small triangle park just across the street is also named after him, and is one of the smallest parks in New York City.