Stopping By Archie Bunker’s House in Queens

Last week, I was scouting in the Middle Village/Glendale area of Queens when I realized I was close to an address I’d been meaning to check out. Only thing was, as I pulled up to the house, I couldn’t remember why I’d written it down.

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Over the years, I’ve saved up a number of Google Maps bookmarks of New York sites I should stop by if I ever happen to be scouting in a particular neighborhood. But what was so special about the non-descript house at 89-70 Cooper Avenue?

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And then it hit me like Edith Bunker hitting the high notes in “Those Were The Days…”

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89-70 Cooper Avenue was Archie Bunker’s house, featured in the opening credits of All In The Family.

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The footage was shot in the early seventies, and it’s neat to see the similarities over 40 years later. I love that the flag pole has survived. Also, note how the little tree on the left has become a much larger tree today.

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Archie often identified his address as 704 Hauser Street in Astoria, but the Queens of All in the Family was clearly an amalgam of several different neighborhoods. And in a way, Cooper Ave was the perfect choice, with its lot-to-lot rows of cookie cutter housing that could pretty much be Anywhere, Queens.

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Funny that the show never mentioned Archie’s view off the front stoop: a graveyard across the street!

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In the later spin-off Archie Bunker’s Place, Archie opens a bar, featured in the opening credits after some neat exterior shots of 1970s Northern Blvd. But where was it?

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No one seems to know. The shot cuts away from the busy streets just before it’s pictured, so this could very well be on a soundstage in California. Then again, I’ve read some claiming online that the building did exist, but was torn down.

Either way, good to know that a little bit of Archie Bunker can still be found in Queens.

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26 comments

  1. Great photos! I always wondered what that house would look like now, and the Bunkers would probably have vinyl siding if they still lived there.

    Oddly, the show’s set looked nothing like the house seen on the credits. There was a front porch, there were no windows to the right of the front door (unless they were in the coat closet), and there was no mention of a shared wall with any neighbors. It still looked right in the credits, somehow.

  2. It’d be awesome if you made a Foursquare list of your favorite locations. This is a great one that should be included.

  3. Do you think that the owners know that they are living in the Bunkers’ house?

  4. Around the corner on 88th is the bar formerly known as Coooper’s Ale House from the King of Queens. A show that’s not as famous. :)

  5. I remember that the interior sets did match up with the exterior. Inside the house there was no window on the left side of the door and the perspective seemed to change, i.e. they zoomed in from the exterior left, but the side windows were in the dining room would have been the firewall in a semii-detached.

  6. I meant to write that the interior sets “did not” match up with the exterior shots.

    • Same way with King of Queens! The exterior shots of the house don’t match up with the interior (when it shows their living room and the front door). Hmmm… :)

  7. that’s amazing, i go by this house all the time, would never have known! Further down Cooper you’ll pass the Assembly Bar, better known as Trees Lounge in Steve Buscemi’s directorial debut.

    And Michel, you are speaking of Yer Man’s Irish Pub on 88th & Cooper, I just had to look that up to confirm it used to be Coopers. This street has quite a history.

  8. Great post today, thanks!

  9. Ive been driving by those houses for years. My Grandparents are buried right across the street in St.Johns. Funny thing is that me & my cousins used to call those houses the Archie Bunker houses before we new it was the actual house.

  10. I grew up around the corner from Archie Bunker’s house. It was definitely a landmark in the neighborhood. So I think the folks who live there must know.

  11. The YER Man’s IRISH PUB is now located on 88th Street where the Cooper’s Ale house was seen in scenes on Many shows,,, THE KING OF QUEENS ,,,

  12. That graveyard across the street is one of the largest Roman Catholic cemeteries in New York. My brother is not only buried there, but is feet away from the section depicted in the photograph. A number of luminaries are buried there, with a definite slant towards members of the Mob (not including my brother).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._John_Cemetery,_Queens,_New_York

  13. I lived on Aubrey Ave in Glendale for about 28 years. Archie’s house was about 1 block away. I now live in PA

  14. Problem with these house images and the one in the opening credits. There are several shows that show Archie on the front porch of the house and it is not enclosed as these are. Anybody got an answer for that other than “artistic license?”

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  16. At the closing of many of the episodes, Mike says: “All in the family was recorded before a live studio audience.” Obviously the home was just filmed for the opening and closing themes and is not the real set.

  17. There’s a hint of palm tree in distance and what looks like an office bldg
    I suspect the Archie Bunker’s Place doorway is the tail-end of footage shot on the mini fake street at CBS Redford Studios… Real footage of NY streets and then it ends with clip of bar facade shot in LA

  18. The bar exterior looks like a bar across from the Vernon-Jackson subway stop in Long Island City, Queens, which was also used in the film “Cocktail.”

  19. The views from the TV show ARCHIE BUNKER’S PLACE were @ 32-50 Steinway Street in Astoria between Broadway & 34th Avenue. It was formerly a Diner NOW a Dental Office.

  20. Hi,

    By chance does anyone know where the exterior house shots in the opening and closing credits for “Maude” are? Assuming somewhere in NY as the series was based there.

  21. The exterior shot ofchie Bunker’s Place has one clue that might lead to the theory that it is on a soundstage. In the foreground is what appears to be a US Mailbox, the top portion of which is red. The Post Office stopped using those mailboxes in the late 60’s and early 70’s when they reorganized and went with the all-blue design still in use today. A LOT of tv shows filmed on studio lots continued to use the old boxes,possibly unaware of the change or too llazy to make the change. Same goes for shows filmed in Canada (very common today) where you see they place the old mailboxes to give a more US appearance not realizing they are the old design).

  22. I’m going to go ahead and say the exterior shot of Archie Bunker’s Place is definitely a backlot. The montage of shots leading up to it are of what appears to be Steinway St in Astoria in the late 70s/early 80s, but the final shot that ends on the facade doesn’t match up at all. Aside from the aforementioned mailbox and trees behind the alley, the sign “Truck Lettering” seems very un-authentic. When you watch it a few times the final shot seems very awkwardly tacked on to the real footage.

  23. Actually the exterior footage of the house may have been shot in 1968 or 1969 as there were two pilot episodes that were made to introduce Archie to tv audiences. The first pilot was actually called “Justice for All” and showed a doormat at the front door with “justice” emblazoned on it. The show wasn’t picked up by the networks so another pilot was shot. Again, the show wasn’t brought to the air-waves…not until 1971. During all this time there were also two different Mike and Gloria’s played by different people on the first two pilots. Check them out on YouTube

  24. The Jefferson’s house was originally two doors down not next door.they changed it to being next door sometime in the later episodes.Also Archie’s mother was still alive according to one of the early episodes.her name was Alma the same as my mom.

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