10. The Royal Tenenbaums house is located in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem

The Royal Tenenbaums House
The Royal Tenenbaums House on Covenant Avenue.

In film and television, the Harlem area has served as a central setting. For fans of Wes Anderson movies, The Royal Tenenbaums house can be found in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem. Located on 144th Street and Covenant Avenue, the house was used for more than just exterior shots, with almost all of the interior scenes within the home filmed on the premises. The only exception to this was kitchen scenes, which were filmed in the house next door as the Tenenbaums’ kitchen had no windows. An iconic scene from the movie featured at the house includes Owen Wilson’s character ramming into it with his car. 

One television show that features Harlem is the 2020 drama The Undoing, starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, and Donald Sutherland. The show’s main character, Elena Alvez, hails from East Harlem, living at 102 E. 103rd Street, just a few blocks east of The Museum of the City of New York. Elena’s art studio can be found at 181 Lenox Avenue (also known as Malcolm X Boulevard) on 119th Street. The same location for the studio was also used as Pop’s barbershop in the Netflix show, Luke Cage.

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