New York: the must-see places of Gotham

Back to the origins of Batman. Way before the appearance of the black knight, Gotham City is sinking a bit deeper every day into a world of criminals, corruption and blackness. It’s in this context that James Gordon stands out as he’s one of the rare honest cops in the city. His investigation into the murder of millionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne causes quite a stir.

Crime Alley

Here’s where the founding event giving rise to Batman takes place:  Thomas and Martha Wayne are murdered in this narrow street right in front of their young and only son, Bruce (David Mazouz).  This alley is not only quite characteristic of New York but it also perfectly symbolizes the darker, more threatening side and it has been filmed many times.

Red Hook Grain Terminal

Detective Harry Bullock (Donal Logue) takes inspector James (Jim) Gordon (Ben McKenzie) onto this jetty located just in front of the former Red Hook grain elevator.  He gives him the choice: either kill the Penguin or be killed. Abandoned for about 50 years, this site is not accessible to the public but you can get a good look from Red Hook Park adjacent to the Henry Street Basin.

Gotham Cathedral

Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) takes Jim to Gotham Cathedral and holds him hostage there.  The setting is that of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, a 1 acre Gothic construction built between 1844 and 1847 by order of Minard Lafever.  The church has magnificent stained glass windows by William Jay Bolton, the first American artist to create stained glass in the 19th century.

Arkham Asylum

When he is removed from office as Commissioner, Gordon becomes a guardian at the sinister Arkham Asylum.  First hospital on Staten Island at the time of its inauguration in 1831 and abandoned since the mid-nineties, the Bayley Seton Hospital constitutes the ideal setting due to its architecture.  The producers installed a monumental gate at the entrance to the parking lot. Sculptures were also added post-production.

Staple Street Skybridge

When Bruce and Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee) look for Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), their car passes under the famous Staple Street Skybridge.  This aerial footbridge was constructed in 1907 by Robertson & Potter, to link New York City Hospital House of Relief to its extension on the other side of the street.  The buildings then became privately owned. For thirty years the skybridge joined the two ends of fashion designer Zoran Ladicorbic’s loft. In 2015, the location was put up for sale at $30 million.

NYC Municipal Archives

This gigantic but beautiful building groups together the court records going back to 1684, the municipal archives as well as more than a million photos of New York city.  It’s here that Commissioner Loeb leaves to begin his retirement.

The Campbell Apartment

Alfred meets an employee of Wayne Enterprises in this Grand Central bar.  Slightly hidden, it’s situated in the former office of John W. Campbell (1880-1957), a millionaire who ran the Hudson & Manhattan railroad.

Gotham City Vault

Fort Totten was used to represent the Gotham City Vault, also known as the Gotham city Armory.  Built in 1862 for the Civil War, the edifice was abandoned by the army in 1974. Today it’s used as a training ground for the firefighters and police.  Its park is very pleasant and hosts numerous events.

Rye

The first rendezvous between Gordon and Dr. Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccarin) took place in this retro style restaurant, opened by a former Alaska fisherman.  The bar is in century old wood and the cuisine very flavorful.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Dry Dock

A body is found beside dry dock n°1.  These military dry docks which were used to build war ships were converted into a movie studio after they were abandoned in 1966.

Brooklyn Army Terminal

Built at the end of the WW I, the Brooklyn Army Terminal today hosts numerous film shoots.  As such, the building B hall serves as the warehouse for Fray Pharmaceuticals where Selina looks for medical drugs.

Cunard Building

The Cunard Building, also called the Standard & Poor's Building, is a 22-floor building constructed in 1921.  The ground floor is regularly rented out for events. Wayne Enterprises organizes one at the end of season 1. Bruce invites Barbara to it and she gets kidnapped there.

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