The NYC set at Paramount, via Google Maps
Not all NYC-based television shows make the city streets their personal set a la “Law & Order” and “Girls.” Perhaps the most notable example is “Friends,” where, although some exterior building shots and panoramic views are of New York, the scenes involving the actual actors are often less than realistic (don’t even get us started on their apartments). Other shows that took place in the city but filmed on a sound stage in LA include “Will & Grace,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “Mad Men,” among many other shows and movies.
A couple of Redditors recently posted links to aerial Google Maps views of famous studios’ New York City sets, and it’s pretty interesting to compare the actual city to the Hollywood version.
See more fun aerial views here
- Just by reorienting subway benches, researchers have discovered they can prevent drunken subway accidents by up to 90%. [Fast Co. Design]
- Calling all rabbit owners, you don’t want to miss tomorrow’s Bunny Beauty Pageant. [NYDN]
- Midtown, Williamsburg, and the Financial District have been used as filming locations the most over the past few years, according to this nifty map. [Metrocosm]
- Artist C. Finley is on a mission to beautify cities one dumpster at a time. [Fast Co. Design]
- Some little-known facts about the Time Life Building, where Mad Men is set. [Gothamist]
Images: Bunnies via Quiet and Sage via photopin (license) (L); Film Shoot sign via Thomas Altfather Good via flickr.
Film crews on your block: Yet another thing New Yorkers love to hate, whether it’s a case of grumble-brag or a genuine inconvenience. Some people love the opportunity to watch their favorite shows being made (and maybe get a peek at their favorite stars) and argue that it boosts the local economy. Others give the whole gig a big two thumbs down.
Find out who’s filming, where and when–and how you can make the most of it.