Location Scouting in New York

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New York film location scout Nick Carr has tracked down sites for such films as the remake of “The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3” and “Doubt.” On his blog, he shares his favorite locales around the city and tracks the transformation of the city by comparing scenes from classic movies with how those spots look today.


Nick Carr

Comments [17]

Robert in NJ from NJ now

When i was a student at Cooper Union in the early 1970s, the film Taking of Phelham 123 had a lcoation on Astor and 4th ave. Its the cop car rollover scene.. The police come up Layfette, a bicyclist comes out of Astor place, cop car serves, hot a newspaper stand and flips over. They took about 6 hours to set up, and did it in one take. I was a part time messenger and was walking across the filing site right before filming, i got yelled at and told to move it too. Ah, the old NY style.

Mar. 30 2010 02:07 PM
sara from nyc

And now for the woes from Tribeca, where the grass is greener, the children are cleaner and all the alleys are above average...

Mar. 30 2010 01:58 PM
Jack from Brooklyn

This guy is proud of the locations used for the remake of "The Taking of Pelham 123"? That film was wretchedly wrong as far as locations go. Especially the fact an IRT train somehow ends up in Coney Island.

Not a film to be proud of.

Mar. 30 2010 01:28 PM
kbinps from park slope

We stumbled on a crew shooting the new Tina Fey Steve Carrell movie Date Night in Prospect Park. I just saw a trailer and the park is now bqacked up by the Manhattan skyline.

Mar. 30 2010 01:26 PM
Derek from Oyster Bay,New york

Also,have you been to HBO set in Greenpoint Empire Boardwalk?

Mar. 30 2010 01:26 PM
Emily from Williamsburg

Many films and TV shows are filmed in my neighborhood, and I hear it's for the neighborhood's "authentic old NY" feel. However, many of these buildings that are frequently filmed in front of seem to be endangered by glittering glass miami beach condo buildings, since the neighborhood is "buzzing." How do we reconcile that????

Mar. 30 2010 01:25 PM
mary from manhattan

Re: DORM ROOMS Do you remember MARLON BRANDO sitting in MATHHEW BRODERICK's NYU Dorm room (very real) and saying "Hmmph. I didn't miss much."

Mar. 30 2010 01:25 PM

My favorite terrible use of New York locations was in the 1998 Godzilla movie. It's full of misrepresentations of New York (including subway tunnels big enough for a giant monster to hide in, and a Hudson River deep enough for submarines).

But the worst part of the movie was during the climax, when the heroes get the idea to entangle Godzilla in the cables of a suspension bridge, and make him chase him to the Brooklyn Bridge. Except, when they get this idea, they are near Grand Central, blocks away from the Queensborough Bridge, and lead him on a path of destruction down the East Side, PAST the Williamsburg Bridge, PAST the Manhattan Bridge, to get to the Brooklyn Bridge!

Mar. 30 2010 01:24 PM

Alder Manor is on school grounds in NW Yonkers and always seems to be busy with film crews. We love to see the crews there. Living in the Rivertowns area in Westchester on Hudson, there seems to be A LOT of filming in the area. What is the big draw for these Westchester locations? Cost savings and proximity to NYC?

Mar. 30 2010 01:24 PM

I saw an episode of Castle which was suppose to take place on Hudson Street. A chase occurred where they went down into the 1 train. But the subway was not a NYC subway station. Looked like LA.

Mar. 30 2010 01:24 PM
antonio from park slope

One more, I remember J.J. Abraham shot Felicity in the village for "University of New York" :) shots...

Mar. 30 2010 01:24 PM
jennifer from east village

I just saw a CSI New York. Where a "suicide" and a murder happen on a boat. The initial shots are clearly on the hudson river near battery park, but then they say that the "suicide" jumped off the bridge???
Turn out they were supposed to be over by Rosevelt Island! Why didn't they just shoot it over there?

Mar. 30 2010 01:23 PM
Callie from Downtown

I think there was a mistake in Eyes Wide Shut -Tom Crews is going on the wrong way on the LIE. Always meant to fact check that

Mar. 30 2010 01:22 PM
antonio from park slope

yeah the brooklyn inn was featured in "gossip girl.."

Mar. 30 2010 01:20 PM
paul colin from TRIBECA

As a long time Tribeca resident...
A question.
Why are the five alleys that we have here in the neighborhood always used and reused and then reused again as a location. There are really terrific alleys in LIC and Brooklyn.
Please try to use them instead.
Paul Colin

Mar. 30 2010 01:20 PM
Sandra from Astoria

"Panic in Needle Park" is my favorite New York movie! I love to just walk around Verdi Square and imagine what it must have been like in the 1970s--populated with junkies, hookers, and thieves--as opposed to the pretty tony Upper West Side of today.

Mar. 30 2010 01:19 PM
Derek from Oyster Bay,New york

Do you have a favorite location on Long Island? Great Topic..

Mar. 30 2010 01:18 PM

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