In the critically acclaimed film Marriage Story on Netflix, written and directed by Noah Baumbach, we follow Charlie and Nicole, (played by Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson) a theater director and actress as their marriage is coming to an end. Baumbach treats the otherwise brutal subject with nuance, sensitivity, humanity, and even humor.
In the opening sequence of Marriage Story, we see the two as they see each other through voiceover and flashback. This forms a stark contrast to the scene it cuts to right after: Charlie and Nicole in a mediation session that is going badly. The mediator, struggling to get Nicole to cooperate, says it is unfortunate that the two of them will never get to hear what they’ve wrote about each other. This sets the stage for the action to come, which unfolds across both coasts of the United States in New York City and Los Angeles.
Here, you’ll discover where Charlie and Nicole live in New York City, the bar the theater company hangs out in, and more! (Warning, spoilers below!). Marriage Story was also responsible for the re-opening of the beloved Paris Theatre, where the movie had its premiere.
Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in Marriage Story, pictured in flashback of better times in their Brooklyn apartment. Photo courtesy of Netflix.
Two quick shots establish where exactly in Brooklyn Charlie and Nicole live in Marriage Story — in Park Slope off the 7 Avenue B/Q subway station located on Flatbush Avenue. In the first scene, in the opening montage, Nicole is stopped by animal rights petitioners on the street, which helps illustrate Charlie’s point: “She really listens when someone is talking. Someone she listens too much for too long.”
You also see Charlie standing outside the Laundromat Wash & Dry at 173 7th Avenue, a real operating laundromat in Park Slope at the corner of 1st Street. This location makes sense, especially because Baumbach is from Park Slope, and has filmed here on numerous occasions for The Squid and the Whale and Mistress America. He’s been even known to film on the very street he grew up on.