In episode five, Oscar gets out of prison and meets up with Mabel. He accompanies her on her mission to track down why Tim Kono might have written down O.M. and Shore Road, and reminds her that her brother’s FBI code name is Oliver Mora and his cover is a tattoo parlor on Shore Road in Bayport, Long Island. Oliver and Charles follow the duo, first across Central Park’s 85th Street Transverse, passing the NYPD station built into the remnants of the Yorkville Reservoir. The then head up the Upper East Side, passing Metropolitan Hospital, a filming location for the show New Amsterdam and head up the FDR Drive. They would have to keep going up the Harlem River Drive to get their intended bridge, the George Washington Bridge. Eagle eye New Yorkers would know that there would be no reason to cross Manhattan to the East Side to get to that bridge, they should have taken the West Side Highway. But with the revelation they are going to Long Island, the crosstown trek becomes convenient, and they head onto the Triboro Bridge.
Charles and Oliver riff on a bunch of Long Island jokes and accents, mentioning towns like Setauket (home of the first spy ring in America under George Washington, which the AMC television series Turn was based on), Patchogue, Syosset, Massapequa, Sag Harbor, Amagansett and more. When a stop is made at a gas station and convenience store, the filming location is actually located in the Rockaways — not on the way geographically for the plot but convenient for filming. The filming location is at Waterview Car Care located at 112-10 Beach Channel Drive. In the scene, you can see the Cross Bay Veterans Bridge in the background.
We’ll be updating this article with more filming locations as the show continues (the first five episodes are available currently). For now, please enjoy these behind the scenes on-set photographs shared by Untapped New York writer Julia Vitullo-Martin:
Next, check out the Filming Locations for Modern Love.