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You can find McCarthy Square, a small but wonderfully maintained traffic triangle, where 7th Avenue, Charles Street, and Waverly Place intersect in the West Village. Beside a dedication to Joseph McCarthy, killed in World War II and a flagpole from the 1939 World’s Fair in Queens are a series of hand-crafted birdhouses.

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One of the most anticipated new series this fall television season is FOX’s GothamInspired heavily by Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight film series, the show focuses on how comic book icons like commissioner  Jim Gordon, Selina Kyle (Catwoman), Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin) and The Dark Knight himself lived in Gotham City before Batman. A month into the show’s run, what truly makes it stand out to us, among the other shows premiering this season, is the many scenes shot here in NYC. It only makes sense for the team behind Gotham to film in the city on which it got its name (unlike The Blacklist, set in DC but filmed entirely in New York) .  In honor of Comic-Con this weekend, we present a short listing of NYC film locations featured in Gotham.   (more…)

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Yesterday afternoon, two historic events occurred. First, the oldest known, unopened time capsule was opened with ceremonial pomp at the New York Historical Society. As we published about earlier, the bronze capsule was deposited by the Lower Wall Street Business Men’s Association in 1914 for an intended opening date of 1974, but it missed its date with destiny due to miscataloguing. Of most interest is that in the capsule there was believed to be a copy of a letter written in May 1774 at the Merchants’ Coffee House, believed to be the impetus for the united colonies and the American Revolution.

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It’s the second season of The Blacklist and Reddington is already up to no good. We’ve been documenting the film locations so far, just like we did with Season 1 and decided to share them with you early in the season as you guys have been asking for them. We’ll be continuously updating this article with new content each week. As you know, The Blacklist is filmed in New York City, which stands in as Washington D.C., its suburbs, and all the international locations Red and the team go to. Last season, they didn’t do much to conceal the New York locations (Meatpacking as Belarus?) but this year you have to know New York City pretty well to recognize some of the locations. Without further ado:

St. Patrick’s Cathedral aka Holy Trinity Church

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The Bowery was a run-down no-go area 50 years ago, but is now largely gentrified, with $500-a-night hotels and expensive restaurants nestling around the New Museum. In their first ever interview, documentary-makers Alan Raymond and Dan Halas told how they were students at NYU when they wandered over to the Lower East Side road with a camera to ask its residents just one question: “How do you like the Bowery?” The filmmakers who shot the seminal 1960s documentary on alcoholics and vagrants, How Do You Like The Bowery? have revealed to Boo Paterson, an Untapped Cities writer, how it was originally panned, before being hailed as a classic.

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