When you’ve lived in NYC long enough, you’ll know the addresses of the buildings you see on TV as the homes of the characters. RDNY.com‘s Listings Manager, Clay, is a whiz at this game. I count on him telling me the address of most buildings in the establishing shots (come people call them “bumper shots”).
Friends: Monica, Chandler, Rachel, and Joey’s building is on the corner of Bedford and Grove Streets in Greenwich Village. Ross lived in the building next door, and Phoebe lived 20 blocks away in an unknown Manhattan neighborhood.
King of Queens: The Heffernans are supposed to live in Rego Park, Queens. Locals say the shots are of Penelope and 82nd Place, which is in Middle Village. The border between Rego Park and Middle Village is Woodhaven Blvd.
Seinfeld: Jerry and Kramer live at 129 W. 81 St, but the building shown in the shot is not the one at 129 W. 81. Elaine Benis lives at 16 W. 75 St. George and his parents live at 1344 Queens Blvd in Flushing, Queens.
Sex and the City: I always thought Carrie Bradshaw lived in the Village because all the shots of her steps and sidewalk were totally Village shots, but technically she’s supposed to be on the Upper East Side somewhere. Update: The building filmed for Carrie’s building is on Perry Street, in the West Village. The Upper East Side looks nothing like Carrie’s neighborhood, so please don’t expect to find her kind of apartment in the UES.
The Nanny: Maxwell Sheffield’s townhouse shown in the credits is a real house at 7 East 75th St in Manhattan. Nanny Fran Fine’s family lives in Flushing, Queens.
Will and Grace: Will Truman’s apartment is at 155 Riverside Drive, between 87th and 88th Streets. Grace Adler works in the Puck Building at 295 Lafayette St.
Mad About You: The Buchmans live at 51 Fifth Ave, near 12th St. Pretty nice address.
The Cosby Show: The Huxtables lived at 10 Stigwood Ave in Brooklyn Heights, but the townhouse in the shots is really at 10 Saint Luke’s Place in the West Village. BTW: There is no Stigwood Ave in Brooklyn.
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Cagney and Lacey: Cagney, the single one, lived at 11 W. 49 St, and Lacey, the married one, lived at 71-32 46th St in Upper Ditmars, Astoria, Queens. It’s impossible to have a house number 71-32 in Upper Ditmars; there is no 71st in Astoria.
Diff’rent Strokes: Rich guy Drummond lives in the Upper East Side. The actual building used in the shots is at 900 Park Avenue.
The Jeffersons: They live in a doorman building called Colby East. The shot is of 185 E. 85 St.
Rhoda: She lived at 332 W. 46 St, and her parents lived at 3517 Grand Concourse in Bronx. BTW: There is no real address for 3517 on the Concourse.
All in The Family: The Bunkers live at 704 Hauser St in Corona, Queens, but the shot of their house is actually 89-70 Cooper Ave in Glendale, Queens. There is no Hauser Street in Queens.
The Odd Couple: I’m not sure where Oscar and Felix said they lived, but the shot of their building puts them at 1049 Park Ave, between 86 and 87 Streets.
That Girl: Ann Marie lived at 344 W. 78 St and later moved to 627 E. 54.
The Patty Duke Show: The Lane family lived at 8 Remsen Drive in Brooklyn Heights. Just to confuse you, there is a Remsen Drive in East Flatbush. There’s a Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights, but the show totally says the Lanes live on Remson Drive.
I Love Lucy: The Ricardos and the Mertzes lived at 623 E. 68 St.
Honeymooners: The Kramdens and the Nortons live in an apartment building at 328 Chauncey St in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Ralph Kramden was a city bus driver played by Jackie Gleason, and Ed Norton was a sewer worker played by Art Carney. The fictional Kramden has statue in front of the Port Authority on the 8th Ave side.
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