It’s no secret that New York City is a popular area to film in. From television shows to feature films, using the city as a backdrop is attractive to many directors and producers, and Queens has become a hotbed for production.
With Kaufman Studios in Astoria, Silvercup Studios in Long Island City and many other independent studios around the borough, the most diverse area in New York has been featured in some of the most popular shows and movies in recent years.
Now MapHook, a social location app, has launched a new map that highlights popular locations of some of America’s favorite TV shows.
The map, dubbed the “NYC TV Map,” is part of MapHook’s CultureHook project, designed to help people discover more about the area around them.
With just the tap of a finger on your smartphone, pins show the locations of famous TV series, from classic hits such as “Seinfeld” to current shows such as “Boardwalk Empire” and “Law & Order: SVU.”
“Inspired by the previous success of our San Francisco movie map, we decided to search for another locale where we could create something that’s new, exciting and highly relevant to the area and that’s how ‘NYC TV Map’ was born,” Paul Carter, president of MapHook, said. “We can’t wait to see how our fans interact with the new map and complement it with their regular MapHook app experience while in the Big Apple.”
While a majority of the pins are in Manhattan, there is a growing number in Queens.
Fans can use the map to find hotspots including the Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria Park, where the famous boob-punch scene from “Orange is the New Black” was filmed; The Foundry, a hip industrial venue, where Jessa surprised her friends with a spontaneous wedding in the HBO show “Girls;” The Brownstone rooftop in Long Island City, where establishing shots for the show “Elementary” were filmed; and The Poppenhusen Institute in College Point, which was the site of Nucky’s speech to the Women’s Temperance League in season one of “Boardwalk Empire.”
The app, which is free on iTunes and Google Play, also features fun trivia and facts about each location.
If you don’t have a smartphone and still would like to take a look at the TV locations on MapHook, visit the web version at maphook.com/culture/nytvmap.
The special map was unveiled last week and additional shooting locations are expected to be added as more people begin using the feature.