• Celebs

    Joanne Trattoria (Lady Gaga’s family restaurant)

    LOCATION Joanne Trattoria, an Upper West Side Italian restaurant owned and operated by Lady Gaga’s family. ADDRESS Joanne Trattoria 70 West 68th St New York, NY joannenyc.com STORY & PHOTOS So this isn’t a filming location, but it is owned by a celebrity family. Joseph and Cynthia Germanotta, parents of Stefani Germanotta (aka Lady Gaga), run Joanne Trattoria on New York’s Upper West Side. The namesake of the cozy Italian eatery is Joseph’s late sister Joanne, who also happens to be the namesake of Lady Gaga’s 2016 album Joanne. Within walking distance of Lincoln Center, Joanne Trattoria is a cute little spot for lunch or dinner.

  • 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!

  • 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…

  • Uncategorized

    The Boston Public Garden Bench from “Good Will Hunting”

    LOCATION The park bench where Robin Williams delivers his memorable monologue in “Good Will Hunting”. ADDRESS Boston Public Garden Boston, MA STORY & PHOTOS 1997’s “Good Will Hunting” showcased not only newcomers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (who co-wrote and co-starred in the acclaimed film) but also veteran actor Robin Williams in an Oscar-winning performance as therapist Sean Maguire. One of his best scenes takes place on a park bench; watch it here: That much-loved scene takes place in Boston’s Public Garden:

  • Celebs,  Events,  TV

    “Reality Stars Give Back” Toys for Tots Fundraiser

    WHERE VFW Hall, Portsmouth, NH WHEN December 4, 2015 Last Friday my friend Alex and I, who have both loved summertime guilty pleasure “Big Brother” for a long time, went to the 8th annual Reality Stars Give Back fundraiser for Toys for Tots in Portsmouth, NH. Despite the fact that this has been going on for eight years, this was the first year I’d ever gone. I think the appearances of our BB17 favorites Johnny Mac and Jason are what caught my eye. Anyway, we decided to go and I’m really glad we did!

  • 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: