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.
Thankfully, the fare La Palapa offers is as delicious to taste as the restaurant’s name is fun to say. The quaint storefront on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village—with white-linen awnings covering the tiki-esque wooden tub chairs pulled up to two-top wooden tables—is, appropriately, evocative of a palapa: an open-sided shelter made of a palm-leaf top, often found on Mexican beaches. The restaurant’s menu is vaster than what you’d likely find at a beach shack, but its festive drinks, warm aesthetic, and friendly and relaxed staff all play the lazing-in-the-sand part. Here, picking your poison is a pleasure: Start out with transportive frozen margarita to get the vacation vibes going, regardless of Manhattan’s weather. While you won’t go wrong with the regular edition ($9), you can mix and match flavors (each $1) to make concoctions like “watermelon jalapeño”. (Pro tip: Despite the strawberry frozen margarita’s intense pink pigment, its sugar factor is not overpowering but rather delicious.) If you prefer a more complexly composed cocktail, go for the tequila mojito ($13), combining watermelon, mint and lime. Or, skip the mixtures altogether and order from the impressive list of tequilas and mescals. While you sip your drinks, snack on guacamole por orden ($14), which takes the standard starter and freshens it with an interactive twist. The order comes with three different spiced sauces that you can add to a dollop of guac on your own plate, allowing you to create your own u
Venue says: “Cinco de Brunch! Celebrate all weekend with La Palapa's Bottomless Brunch! 90 minutes of free-flowing margaritas delicioso”