• Filming Location,  TV

    Kimmy and Titus’s apartment from “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

    LOCATION The Brooklyn basement apartment where Kimmy (Ellie Kemper)  moves in with Titus (Tituss Burgess) in the very first episode of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and the stoop where landlord Lillian (Carol Kane) frequently sits and makes insane, hilarious comments. ADDRESS 74 Freeman St. Brooklyn, NY Note: this is a private residence. It’s okay to take photos from the street, but be sure not to trespass or disturb those who live there! STORY & PHOTOS Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” brainchild of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, is one of the funniest shows in a long time, and it puts a fun and whimsical spin on New York, where former mole woman…

  • Filming Location,  Movies

    The Peabody Essex Museum from “Bride Wars”

    LOCATION Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum, which serves as the backdrop for the reception of the wedding of Amanda (June Diane Raphael) in “Bride Wars.” ADDRESS Peabody Essex Museum 161 Essex Street Salem, MA pem.org STORY & PHOTOS 2009’s “Bride Wars” tells the story of two best friends, Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway), who turn into competitors when they realize that only one of them can have their dream wedding at the Plaza. Shenanigans and hijinks ensue, threatening the girls’ friendship. Before things get to that point, though, they happily attend the wedding of their friend Amanda, whose reception is held in Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA is…

  • Filming Location,  Movies

    The cemetery from “Hocus Pocus”

    LOCATION The cemetery where Max (Omri Katz) gets his shoes stolen by Jay (Tobias Jelinek) and Ice (Larry Bagby). ADDRESS Old Burial Hill Orne & Pond Streets Marblehead, MA oldburialhill.org STORY & PHOTOS As the final installment of our “Hocus Pocus” mini-series (check out Max & Dani’s house and Allison’s house), we bring you Old Burial Hill, which was the cemetery through which Max rode his bike, happened upon bullies Jay and Ice, and had his shoes stolen:

  • Filming Location,  Movies

    Allison’s house from “Hocus Pocus”

    LOCATION The house where Allison (Vinessa Shaw) lives in “Hocus Pocus”. ADDRESS The Ropes Mansion 318 Essex St. Salem, MA STORY & PHOTOS My friend Alex and I recently took a “Hocus Pocus” trip to Salem, MA (I wrote about Max and Dani’s house yesterday). High on our list was snapping photos in front of the gorgeous home seen as Allison’s in the movie. The historic Ropes Mansion in Salem stood in for the exterior of Allison’s house, where Max (Omri Katz) takes Dani (Thora Birch) trick-or-treating:

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    Max and Dani’s house from “Hocus Pocus”

    LOCATION The house where Max (Omri Katz) and Dani (Thora Birch) live in “Hocus Pocus”. ADDRESS 4 Ocean Avenue Salem, MA Note: this is a private residence. It’s okay to take photos from the street but be sure not to trespass or otherwise disturb the homeowners. STORY & PHOTOS I’ve always been obsessed with the Salem Witch Trials; even as a kid I found the whole thing really fascinating. My family took trips to Salem a couple of times and I visited with friends around Halloween time in high school, but somehow I’d never managed to seek out the filming locations from the Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus”, which was filmed right…

  • Filming Location,  Movies

    Redwood Bar & Grill from “(500) Days of Summer”, “Bridesmaids”, and the “Veronica Mars” movie

    LOCATION The Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown Los Angeles, which has been seen onscreen several times, often as a karaoke bar. ADDRESS Redwood Bar & Grill 316 W 2nd Street Los Angeles, CA theredwoodbar.com STORY & PHOTOS The Redwood Bar & Grill has appeared in at least three films that I adore: 2009’s “(500) Days of Summer”, 2011’s “Bridesmaids”, and 2014’s “Veronica Mars” (the film follow-up to the cult favorite TV show). The Redwood is memorable as the karaoke bar from “(500) Days” where Summer (Zooey Deschanel) sings “Sugar Town” by Nancy Sinatra and Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) sings “Here Comes Your Man” by The Pixies.

  • Filming Location,  TV

    Tom’s Bistro from “Parks and Recreation”

    LOCATION The Los Angeles eatery Delancey stands in for Tom’s Bistro, owned by Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) on “Parks and Recreation”. ADDRESS Delancey 5936 Sunset Blvd Hollywood, CA delanceyhollywood.com STORY & PHOTOS  The lovable Tom Haverford on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” is always coming up with new business ideas and money-making schemes. Of course, most of them fail (most spectacularly, Entertainment 720). But one business that finally worked out for Tom was his restaurant, Tom’s Bistro. It took some trial-and-error, but with the help of his friends he made it stick.

  • Filming Location,  Movies

    The frat house and family house from “Neighbors”

    LOCATION The frat house, led by Teddy (Zac Efron) and Pete (Dave Franco),  and the neighboring family home where Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) live, in 2014’s hilarious comedy “Neighbors”. ADDRESSES 2203 & 2179 W 20th St Los Angeles, CA Note: these are private residences. It’s okay to take photos from the street, but be sure not to trespass or disturb the residents in any way! STORY & PHOTOS “Neighbors” was one of 2014’s funniest films, with a great cast led by Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Zac Efron. It’s the tale of a rowdy frat house and the new-parents-who-still-wanna-be-cool who live next door — can they coexist?…

  • Filming Location,  TV

    Miss Patty’s Barn from “Gilmore Girls”

    LOCATION Miss Patty’s Barn in the fictional Stars Hollow, where Miss Patty (Liz Torres) teaches her dance classes, where town meetings are held, and where Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Dean (Jared Padalecki) accidentally fall asleep after a dance and get in major trouble with Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Emily (Kelly Bishop). ADDRESS Warner Brothers Studio 3400 W Riverside Drive Burbank, CA wbstudiotour.com STORY & PHOTOS Part of the charm of beloved dramedy “Gilmore Girls” is the world in which it exists – the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. Based on real Connecticut towns, Stars Hollow is a cute and charming place where everybody knows your name (and probably all…

  • Filming Location,  TV

    April and Andy’s ramshackle new house from “Parks and Recreation”

    LOCATION The ramshackle, weird, falling-down house that Andy and April bought during the final season of “Parks and Recreation”. ADDRESS 837 Beacon Avenue Los Angeles, CA Note: this is private property (and very fenced-in). It’s okay to snap photos from the street, but be sure not to trespass! STORY & PHOTOS Our favorite lovable weirdos, Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) and April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza), had a sort of existential crisis in the final season of “Parks and Recreation” when they realized their lives were pretty normal. They, of course, had to run out and fix that… so they bought a creepy-ass, rundown, ramshackle house.