Season six of Homeland, which just debuted, takes a significant departure from previous seasons – it’s set in New York City, and largely in Brooklyn. Not only timely (the storyline involves a President-elect who is holed up in a luxury hotel), the location was also built around star and executive producer Claire Danes – who wanted some time in her home town with her 4-year-old son and husband, actor Hugh Dancy. But the show weaves in actual terrorist events in New York City from the past, as you’ll see below, as a setting for the story.
Here are the notable locations we’ve caught in the season so far. Check back throughout season six as we add more after each episode.
1. Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel
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The modern awning on the Intercontinental New York Barclay hotel at 111 East 48th Street belies its long history, built in 1916 originally by Cornelius Vanderbilt as part of Terminal City around Grand Central Terminal. The hotel was built by the prolific architecture firm of Cross & Cross, known also for the skyscraper 20 Exchange Place, the Tiffany & Co. store on Fifth Avenue, and numerous other downtown and midtown buildings.
According to the hotel’s website, “The Barclay became a notable railroad hotel built to service the men and women travelling to New York City.” Besides referencing Donald Trump’s Trump Tower headquarters, Homeland takes some direct clues also from Bill Clinton’s campaign, who used this hotel as the headquarters for his 1996 election.
The location is featured repeatedly throughout the season and plays an important role in the season finale.