2. Rikers Island

Inside Rikers Island on Inventing Anna
Photo: Nicole Rivelli/Netflix © 2021

I was impressed to see the details of how to get to Rikers Island recreated quite faithfully. I worked previously in Rikers Island leading a legal workshop for the juvenile detainees, and the complicated transportation and the long waits are very accurate. In Inventing Anna, we see Vivian catch the Q100 bus — which goes from Hazen Street in Astoria over the bridge to Rikers Island — then go through security to speak to Anna, who is in the Rose M. Singer Center, the detention center for women.

Many television shows like The Undoing, The Night Of , Mr. Robot, and New Amsterdam, use the Queens House of Detention in Kew Gardens as the filming location to show Rikers Island. A few details of Inventing Anna were shot at the Queens House of Dentention as well. The only recent television show to have actually filmed inside Rikers Island was Mozart in the Jungle. The interior of Rikers Island were built on a soundstage.