In Plain Sight

Can You Identify These Mystery New York City Locations?

Hey folks – For a week now, I’ve been working on my latest then-and-now movie locations installment, and this handful of shots has me baffled. I’m hoping someone out there might be able to help identify them. Free Scouting NY magnet to whoever figures out each one first! 1) IRT Subway Entrance – Solved! 1-2-3 commuters! Being an IRT with ... Read More »

New York City’s Prettiest Subway Station Is In The Bronx

One of the things I love most about New York City’s prettiest subway station is the way it unexpectedly appears out of nowhere. As you’re heading east along 180th Street toward Morris Park Ave in the Bronx, look north… …and all of a sudden, you’ll see a red terra cotta-roofed tower rise into view just above a rock ledge. Continue ... Read More »

The Most Famous Sitcom Residences In New York City

Did you know Lucy and Desi lived on the Upper East Side? I had no idea, but apparently, their apartment was located at 623 East 68th Street. There’s just one problem – that puts them right in the middle of the East River. While Lucy and Desi’s apartment might not have a real world counterpart, dozens of sitcoms set in ... Read More »

Retracing Ichabod Crane’s Journey Through Sleepy Hollow

Last week, I was heading home from a day of scouting in Westchester when I found myself passing through Sleepy Hollow. Suddenly, it felt like autumn had officially arrived. As a kid, there was nothing I loved more around Halloween than revisiting The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – both Washington Irving’s tale, for which I had a beautifully illustrated children’s ... Read More »

How To Cover Up A 100-Year-Old Brooklyn Landmark

I’ve been spending some time in downtown Brooklyn recently, and as I was walking down Fulton Street last week, I was suddenly reminded of an experience from way back when I first started scouting. Back in 2007 or so, I was in the same area searching for vacant storefronts for a movie when I happened to glance in the window ... Read More »

A 19th Century Ghost Town In Brooklyn

Last week, I was scouting downtown Brooklyn for apartments when I happened to turn onto Duffield Street and come across a great little surprise I’d forgotten about… In fact, the best part is that it’s almost invisible when you first start down Duffield. Then, as you near the halfway point, something quite surreal suddenly comes into view… Wedged between the ... Read More »

In Search of Manhattan’s Last Remaining Skybridges

Last week, I was driving down West 24th Street when I noticed something… They’re tearing down the West 24th Street skybridge. Once connecting the two buildings that comprised the now defunct International Toy Center, the southern building at 1107 Broadway is currently being converted into luxury condos. While there’s certainly no need for the bridge anymore, I’m sorry to see ... Read More »

Will This 200-Year-Old Farmhouse Be Torn Down For Condos?

I’ll never forget the day I first spotted the 19th century West Village farmhouse that shouldn’t exist. I was driving down Greenwich Street when I happened to glance over and notice a strange little building poking through the trees. I pulled over and headed down Charles Street… …and came upon what has to be the single most unusual house in ... Read More »