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.
Why not plot out all of the addresses mentioned in the first season of Law and Order? This map by Brooklyn-based artist Dorothy Gambrell of Very Small Array lets you pretend just a little more that the show is real, that Detective Logan is scampering up and down Manhattan searching for clues.
Yesterday we rounded up Boardwalk Empire‘s filming locations in Brooklyn, where much of the series has been filmed. Today we’re showing you some of the places in Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island that served as the backdrop for the show’s action.
According to the New York Post, this East Village restaurant was Joe the Boss and Lucky’s meeting place in the 7th episode of the current season. It was also turned into Whiting’s Pharmacy for a day this June. Aside from serving as the set of Boardwalk Empire, John’s of 12th Street is a popular Italian Restaurant. It converted its top floors into a speakeasy during Prohibition, serving alcohol in espresso cups. Patrons are said to have included some of the characters depicted on Boardwalk Empire. In fact, the restaurant attracted a lot of mob types. Perhaps it was the appeal of the original tile floors (which remain intact today) or the immense wax candelabra at the back of the restaurant. (more…)
For a show based in Atlantic City, Boardwalk Empire sure spends a lot of time in New York City. This might be due to the prevalence of mob life on the show, or perhaps the 15% tax breaks offered by the state. Whatever the reason may be, we at Untapped Cities were glad to make this list of some of our favorite locations in Brooklyn, where much of the series was filmed. See also our piece on Boardwalk Empire‘s film locations in Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island!
The Empire State Building sometimes gets in the shot and must be digitally erased. Image source: Bryn Alexandra.
The boardwalk featured in the show is actually an enormous set constructed on an empty lot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn that has been the backdrop for everything from daily greetings to explosions. It is modeled after the 1920s version of the boardwalk in Atlantic City. Every single storefront (including the Ritz-Carlton Hotel) has been recreated and there is a large blue CGI screen covering one side of the parking lot that is used to simulate the ocean. Initially placed here because of the greater tax breaks offered in the state of New York, the set on the corner of Commercial and Clay Streets has been abandoned for this season. According to Greenpointers, the lot will be turned into a condominium complex in the coming years.
The actual boardwalk in Atlantic City was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy last year. (more…)
Catch Me If You Can, based on the true story of Frank Abegnale, Jr., follows the young con artist from New Rochelle to New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New Orleans and all the way to France. After running away from home, seventeen-year-old Frank poses as a pilot and flies around the country with Pan-Am before deciding to become a doctor, then a lawyer before being caught. He becomes a master check forger starting with the technique of taking the little Pan-Am stickers on toy airplanes and repasting them onto checks.
Colonial Pictures’ recreation of the CBS Newsroom circa November 22, 1963, the day Walter Cronkite broke the news to the nation that John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. Courtesy of Colonial Pictures.
The CBS Newsroom is in a frenzy. Phones ring and jangle the metal desks, pencils scribble down notes for the upcoming News Bulletin, chalk flies across the blackboard recording reporters and place, cigarettes are lit, inhaled, and then the smoke is expelled, adding to the frenetic haze, and two clocks tick on the wall – one displaying Eastern Standard Time, the other Central Standard Time.
If it were 1963, in the center of it all would have sat the man, Walter Cronkite, who would break the news to the nation that John F. Kennedy was dead. But this is 2013 and not the CBS Newsroom. Instead, we are in a classroom at the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen on West 44th Street. The room has been transformed into a replica of the CBS Newsroom circa Cronkite’s fated words by Colonial Pictures. Headed by writer/producer/director Alastair Layzell, who considers himself lucky to have worked with Cronkite at the end of his career, the reconstruction serves as the set centerpiece for Colonial Pictures’ upcoming film, One PM Central Standard Time. (more…)