Filmed in Brooklyn: Movie Sets and Film History of NYC

Filmed in Brooklyn: Movie Sets and Film History of NYC

Photos by Margo Donahue

Who needs Hollywood? In this virtual talk with Margo Donohue, author of the new book Filmed in Brooklyn, we’ll explore the history of filmmaking in NYC from the silent era to today’s superhero blockbusters!

  • Discover how Brooklyn was one of the earliest homes of the movie studio system that created movie stars and changed the movie-making culture forever
  • See how Brooklyn settings on screen represent everything from early American history, and the grittiness of city life to a place to find yourself
  • Visit the locations of the most famous Brooklyn films and see how they look now

About the event:

In 1897, the first major American film studio wasn’t based in Hollywood, it was in Midwood, Brooklyn. Vitagraph Studios, which was purchased by Warner Bros, in the 1920s, was one of the country’s most prolific studios, churning out silent films with the biggest stars of the day. Since those early days of film-making, Brooklyn continues to play an important role in the motion picture industry.

In this virtual talk led by Margo Donohue, author of Filmed in Brooklyn from History Press, you’ll explore the movie locations of Brooklyn from the Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island. Donohue spent two years writing, researching, photographing, and watching over 250 movies filmed in her favorite place in the world–Brooklyn. A few of the movies covered include hits like Saturday Night Fever, Goodfellas, and the Warriors, along with other works by famous directors such as Spike Lee, Darren Aronofsky and Noah Baumbach.

About Margo Donohue

Margo Donohue is the co-host, co-creator, editor, and producer of several podcasts, including Book Vs. Movie, Dorking Out, Not Fade Away, and What a Creep. She is a writer, photographer, public relations pro, marketer, social media diva, and content creator with more than 20 years of experience in entertainment, features, films, and lifestyle media. Filmed in Brooklyn is her first book. 

A resident of Park Slope, Brooklyn for over 20 years (in the same rent stabilized apartment!), Margo enjoys hanging out with the cutest cats in Brooklyn (Tennessee and Sweet Sarah) and watching far too much TV and movies. She is a connoisseur of Bravo TV, the Real Housewives, true crime, documentaries, and celebrity autobiographies (especially rock stars!) You can find her work at, and follow her on all the things at @BrooklynFitChik on Twitter and @BrooklynFitChick on Instagram. And you can find her trying to ruin TikTok for the kids @margodonohue.

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