• Filming Location,  Movies,  True Crime,  TV

    Eastern State Penitentiary from MTV’s “Fear”

    LOCATION Eastern State Penitentiary, a crumbly old prison that was the site of an episode of MTV’s spooky reality show “Fear”. ADDRESS Eastern State Penitentiary 2027 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia, PA easternstate.org STORY & PHOTOS Despite being a scaredy cat, I am a true crime fanatic and I regularly watch and read murdery things. So it was only somewhat surprising that I was into MTV’s reality show “Fear”, which ran for two seasons between 2000 and 2002. In the show, six regular people would be plunked into a spooky haunted location and would have to complete freaky missions and spend the whole night there; if they succeeded, they’d win a cash…

  • Filming Location,  Movies

    Princeton University from “A Beautiful Mind”

    LOCATION Princeton University, the real-life college of John Nash, plays itself in the movie “A Beautiful Mind”, which chronicles Nash’s life. ADDRESS Princeton University Princeton, NJ princeton.edu STORY & PHOTOS 2001’s “A Beautiful Mind” was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won four, including Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Connelly, Best Director for Ron Howard, and Best Picture. The based-on-a-true-story film chronicles the life of John Nash, a brilliant mathematician whose life is not all that it seems.

  • Filming Location,  Tour,  TV

    Frank’s Bagels from “Grace and Frankie”

    LOCATION The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on the grounds of Paramount Studios, which stands in for Frank’s Bagels in the third-season finale of “Grace and Frankie”. ADDRESS Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Paramount Studios 5555 Melrose Avenue Hollywood, CA paramountstudios.com STORY & PHOTOS Netflix’s great comedy “Grace and Frankie”, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, films at Hollywood’s Paramount Studios, and production makes great use of the studio lot. For instance, in the thirteenth episode of the third season, Sol (Sam Waterston) leads a protest of Frank’s Bagels. Frank’s is the best bagel place in town, but unfortunately is owned a run by a bigot (who’d protested the play…

  • Filming Location,  Movies

    Turtle Bay Resort from “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”

    LOCATION The beautiful Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore, as seen in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”. ADDRESS Turtle Bay Resort 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy Kahuku, HI 96731 turtlebayresort.com STORY & PHOTOS I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii; even though it’s part of the United States it seems so lush, exotic, and different, like a paradise completely unlike Maine, where I grew up and have lived most of my life. I could watch movies like “Blue Crush” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” on repeat because the gorgeous Hawaiian settings somehow soothed me. And ever since I saw “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” I’d been dying to stay at…

  • Filming Location,  Movies

    Sonsie from “Fever Pitch”

    LOCATION:  Sonsie, an international bistro on Boston’s famed Newbury Street, which appeared in “Fever Pitch”. ADDRESS: 327 Newbury St Boston, MA 02115 http://www.sonsieboston.com/home STORY & PHOTOS: “Fever Pitch” is a very Bostony movie, as it centers on Ben (Jimmy Fallon), his obsessive love for the Boston Red Sox, and how it affects his relationship with Lindsey (Drew Barrymore). In the film, Lindsey meets her friends for dinner at Sonsie, which is a cute restaurant on Boston’s posh Newbury Street:

  • Filming Location,  TV

    The “Friends” apartment building

    LOCATION The exterior of the iconic apartment building where Monica (Courteney Cox), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), and Chandler (Matthew Perry) lived on the sitcom “Friends”. ADDRESS 90 Bedford Street (at Bedford & Grove in Greenwich Village) New York, NY Note: make sure not to trespass on any private property, but it’s fine to take photos from the street or sidewalk! STORY & PHOTOS “Friends” is one of those quintessential New York shows but, funnily enough, it didn’t film in New York. Rather, the 10-season sitcom was filmed at Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank, CA. That being said, the exterior of the apartment building that’s shown in frequent establishing…

  • Filming Location,  Movies,  TV

    The GoodFellas Diner from “GoodFellas”, “The Good Wife”, “You Don’t Know Jack”, “Going in Style”, and more

    LOCATION The GoodFellas Diner (previously the Clinton Diner) in Queens, which has been a filming location for dozens of movies and TV shows, including its namesake film, “GoodFellas”. ADDRESS GoodFellas Diner 5626 Maspeth Ave Maspeth, NY STORY & PHOTOS There are some filming locations that seem to pop up over and over and over again in tons of media, but they’re so everyday and somewhat nondescript that even though it may look familiar you wouldn’t necessarily be like, “oh, it’s that place again!” (Did I just make any sense? If not, sorry.) The GoodFellas Diner is one of those places; it’s appeared on screen so many times that you’ve certainly seen…

  • Filming Location,  TV

    The 78th Precinct from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

    LOCATION The exterior of the precinct seen each week on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”. ADDRESS 78th Precinct 65 6th Avenue Brooklyn, NY STORY & PHOTOS I’m a huge fan of FOX’s police/workplace comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”. It’s sincere, amazingly cast, and genuinely funny. If you don’t find yourself amused as hell by Captain Holt at least once an episode, rush immediately to your doctor because there is definitely something wrong with you. ANYWAY, I recently found myself in Brooklyn and decided a good decision would be to take an Uber to the actual Brooklyn precinct that stands in for the 99th precinct on the show (probably freaking out my Uber driver in the…

  • Filming Location,  Landmarks,  Movies,  Tour

    The Empire State Building from “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Elf”

    LOCATION The iconic Empire State Building in New York City has appeared in many films, perhaps most pivotally in the romantic finale of “Sleepless in Seattle.” ADDRESS Empire State Building 350 5th Avenue New York, NY http://www.esbnyc.com/ STORY & PHOTOS Tempting as it may be to play it cool and try to skip some of the more obvious touristy spots on a visit to New York City, I can’t recommend skipping the Empire State Building. It’s an iconic landmark of the city and has a great aerial view of surrounding Manhattan. Everybody’s gotta do it at least once!