• 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…

  • 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…

  • Filming Location,  Landmarks,  Movies,  TV

    Niagara Falls from “The Office”, “Fever Pitch”, and “Tammy”

      LOCATION:  Niagara Falls, national landmark and the site of Jim and Pam’s wedding on “The Office”, as well as a date between Lindsey and Ben in “Fever Pitch”. It was also the backdrop for the short-lived series “Wonderfalls”. ADDRESS: Niagara Falls Niagara Falls, NY STORY & PHOTOS: Niagara Falls is not only the oldest state park in the United States and a major tourist attraction, it’s also been used as a filming location in various TV shows and films. Full disclosure: I’ve been to Niagara Falls twice and expected it to be “meh”, but I loved it. It’s genuinely majestic.

  • Celeb Sightings,  Celebs

    “Hairspray” on Broadway and meeting Ashley Parker Angel of O-Town and “Making the Band”

    My friend Alex and I had time to go into New York City for an afternoon, and we found out that Ashley Parker Angel, the heartthrob of former boy band O-Town (which we were obsessed with), was starring as Link Larkin in “Hairspray” on Broadway. It was a total no-brainer, we had to go. Alex splurged and got us some really good seats (thanks Alex!) and we settled in for the show.