Eastern State Penitentiary, a crumbly old prison that was the site of an episode of MTV’s spooky reality show “Fear”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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:
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”.
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.
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”.
5626 Maspeth Ave
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”.
The exterior of the precinct seen each week on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”.
65 6th Avenue
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:
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!