New York: Top 6 fire and police stations from your favorite movies or series


The police men and women of the NYPD have always inspired movie screenwriters. As for the fire fighters, they are true American heroes. Go along with the sound of the sirens for some special encounters.

Fire and police stations in New York

Fire or Crime fighters, headquarters of New York City law enforcement are so cinegenic. As you can find in our guide New York of 1000 cult movies, series, musics, comics and novels locations.

Guide New York of 1000 cult movies, series, musics, comics and novels locations


On Third Watch, the very beautiful firehouse where Jimmy Doherty (Eddie Cibrian) works was built by Bradford Lee Gilbert, architect for several New York buildings including the first skyscraper, the Tower Building, destroyed in 1913. This station, open in 1904, reflects the Dutch origins of New York with its stepped gables in proto-baroque style. It is still a functioning firehouse.

This fire house is the oldest in Long Island. At first based in an old wagon, since 1904 it has occupied this building built by Bradford Lee Gilbert, also architect of the first skyscraper in NY, the Tower Building (1889-1914). Listed as a New York Historic Site since 2006.

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A fire house still running, the emblematic Ghostbusters headquarters continues to attract a lot of people.  This fire house was one of the first to intervene after the terrorist attacks of September 9th, 2001.  It almost closed in 2011 due to budgetary restrictions, but the mobilization of the neighboring residents, very attached to this building dating from 1895, insured its continuation.  On site, the links with Ghostbuster still exist: first of all on the sidewalk where a huge emblem has been painted, making the link between the Ghostbusters logo and the fire fighters, while further along inside, in full view, there’s a Ghostbusters 2 poster!  We can also see several objects found in the rubble of the World Trade Center. The firemen are very friendly and will willingly take a break to chat with tourists coming here. But don’t expect to find the Ghostbusters headquarters intact, the interior scenes were filmed in an abandoned fire station in Los Angeles!

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On Cagney & Lacey, the 15th precinct where the two women from the NYPD work, is fictional. To show it, the producers chose to film the façade of the 9th precinct used in many movies and series. While the New York City Courthouse also appears, the other takes were done in a Los Angeles studio.

Nicknamed “The Fighting Ninth” this police station will probably look familiar as it has been filmed in many series. So many that when the 1912 building was destroyed in 2002, they decided to keep the façade. It was actually taken down stone by stone during the construction and rebuilt for the opening on May 18th, 2007.

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On Brooklyn Nine-Nine, only the façade of this real Brooklyn police station is visible in the series awarded a Golden Globe in 2014. The interior scenes of this wacky police headquarters were filmed in a Los Angeles studio.

Located just beside Barclay’s Center, this building is once again popular thanks to the series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In reality, this section of the NYPD is number 78, corresponding to the precinct it covers. This sector includes the Park Slope and Prospect Park areas.

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On The Naked City, the young investigator, Jimmy Halloran (Don Taylor) joins up with the experienced lieutenant Dan Muldoon (Barry Fitzgerald) in this police station. Even if it’s common that this type of building be filmed, the producers only use images of the façade, the rest being shot in a studio. But Jules Dassin, at the time, could have set up his cameras inside. 

With an area stretching from 14th to 43rdSt, in west Manhattan, the 10thprecinct covers an immense sector and is one of the rare boroughs where crime has increased over the past fifteen years. Relatively speaking though as Hudson Yards is really developing and the number of offences remains low compared to the rest of the city (1032 in 2016 with no murders).

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On Law & order, the first part of each episode takes place in this police department, setting for the investigation and then the arrest of suspects. The second part of the episode shows the proceedings in the New York State Supreme Court (60 Center St).

In 1973, the police of New York left their splendid Art Deco head office at 240 Centre St, which it had occupied since 1909, to move into new headquarters. Quite the aesthetic shock as the new building designed by Gruzen & Partners is of Brutalist style architecture. Inspired by the Boston City Hall, it represents a thirteen floor upside down pyramid. The security perimeter also upset neighbourhood habits. The main artery linking Chinatown to the Financial District, Park Row was closed to traffic in 2001 in order to prevent any attack from a truck with explosives.

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