Orange is the New Black (second season coming soon!), based on the memoirs of Park Slope resident Piper Kerman, films mostly at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, just one floor above the Sesame Street set. The creation of the prison set as explained in this video are meant to shape the world of Litchfield, but the show also focuses on life outside of the prison, both in real time and in flashbacks. These are a few of the interesting locations they have put to use.
Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury
This prison also makes an appearance in the film Blow, with Johnny Depp. Image Source: News Times.
Yes, this is an accurate, detailed map of New York City’s MTA system completely redone in the style of Super Mario Cart. Because after all, life in the City often does feel like one long obstacle course video game, shiny floating gold coins, banana peels and all. Robert Bacon, an actor/digital video producer from Chicago created this work of genius. Check out the little feathers by the airports, adorable grove of stumpy trees for Central Park, and the creepy little castle that looks like it belongs on Staten Island.
Maybe Bacon had a reason for creating this… and maybe he didn’t need one: “The New York City Subway system has over 840 miles of track and over 450 stations. Making a 16-bit pixel by pixel recreation was easily my biggest challenge yet,” he said.(more…)
Talk about the penthouse suite! Bergdorf Goodman once had a seventeen-room apartment overlooking Fifth Avenue and Central Park. When Edwin Goodman, who bought out Herman Bergdorf’s share of the company in 1903, decided to move the store to its current location on the corner of 58th Street and Fifth Ave., he made sure the new building would include a private apartment for his family. Rumor has it he drew the first sketch of the building on a cocktail napkin in the bar of the Plaza Hotel. Bergdorf Goodman even had a private elevator that only made two stops–Goodman’s office on the seventh floor and the penthouse suite. But here’s the kicker: due to zoning laws, Edwin and his son Andrew had to call themselves janitors in order to live inside the store! (more…)
We first met Orit Greenberg, a film location scout for Boardwalk Empire, when she was looking for a 1920s bank interior for the fourth season. She had come across the abandoned Bank of Manhattan in Long Island City through Untapped Cities, during our exhibition partnership with No Longer Empty inside the bank. With our recent two part series on Boardwalk Empire film locations, we decided it was time we did a profile on Orit.