Filmed in: Cortlandt Alley
The production team for HBO's Prohibition-era drama re-created the Atlantic City boardwalk in a vacant lot on Greenpoint's Commercial Street, but scenes from the show are also filmed outdoors in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Cortlandt Alley—a small enclave just off Canal Street—is a popular locale because of its grisly ambience. "We had to find a street that looked like the Lower East Side," says Amanda Foley, a location manager for the show. "[And] the building owners were so open to us being there."
Filmed in: Times Square
Scenes for the 2007 fairy tale were shot in the busy hub. According to co-location manager Jason Farrar, to work in Times Square, film crews must get special allowance to turn the area into a set in the wee hours. "At 2 or 3 in the morning when it's quiet and there aren't that many people around, it's a very different place," Farrar explains.
Filmed in: Rockefeller Center
For the 2011 adaptation of the cartoon series, location scout Nick Carr—who also runs the blog Scouting NY (scoutingny.com)—occasionally had to improvise. He and his team transformed a vacant Rockefeller Center storefront into a makeup shop so convincingly that passersby actually tried to enter it.
Looking for a bit of island spirit in the city? Head to Dromedary Bar for the urban tiki experience. The Bushwick bar serves up riffs on classic tropical drinks, like the banana daiquiri–esque Marlin Chasing a Mermaid ($11), a combination of cognac, mezcal, banana, lemon and rose. Island flavors crop up all over the drink menu, like in the gin-based Coconut Soda ($11), which gets a frothy texture fro creamy coconut milk and sparkling LaCroix. If cocktails aren’t your thing, there’s also a selection of beers on tap ($5–$8). In the kitchen, Chef Galen Duncan churns out a menu of classic pub fare. Think burgers ($11), sloppy joe sliders ($4), chicken tenders ($6) and lots of fries ($3). The exposed brick barroom also hosts a variety of events, from trivia nights to weekly karaoke to comedy shows.
Venue says: “TUESDAY: DRINKS TILL 2am w/ MICHAEL! DUNCAN'S BURGERS' TACOS; $1.25 ALL NITE! FREE TRIVIA @ 9pm! Food till midnite! FUN! Happy Hour, 5-8pm!”