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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 prize.

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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.

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Clemente Park and Playground from “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”

LOCATION

The basketball court from the opening credits of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.

ADDRESS

Clemente Park & Playground
1800 Wallace Street
Philadelphia, PA


STORY & PHOTOS

Before we get into this, let’s just all take a moment to bop to one of the greatest TV theme songs of all time:

Good? Okay. Let’s do this.

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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 starring Martin Sheen’s Robert, because the theater group is made up of gay men and women). Sol and his friends from the theater group make it their mission to mess up Frank’s business like he messed up the play.

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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 the Turtle Bay Resort, which serves as the major backdrop of the film. In July 2016 I finally checked this off my filming location/life bucket list and it was just as good as I’d hoped.

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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:

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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 shots does exist, in New York’s Greenwich Village.

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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 it more than once but probably didn’t notice. I was looking for filming locations near Brooklyn in December and found this diner, happy that I could take my boyfriend someplace he might actually care about (after dragging him to a bunch of places only I care about) since he loves Scorsese and “GoodFellas”. A little more research told me that this place has been in tons of stuff, including one of my favorites, “The Good Wife”.

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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 process). Here’s how the precinct appears on the show:

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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!

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