New York: Gotham's Top 10 Shooting Locations

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Back to the origins of Batman. Long before the appearance of its Dark Knight, Gotham City has been sinking deeper and deeper into crime, corruption and darkness every day. In this context, James Gordon is an exception, as he is one of the few police officers of integrity in the city.

Gotham, the dark side of New York…

Who knew Gotham was New York? Gotham is New York. This makes two cities for the price of one in the New York guide to the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels. Clever!

1. Crime Alley, Gotham’s dark alley

Cortlandt Alley - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Cortlandt Alley – Photo credit: Fantrippers

This is the scene of Batman’s founding event: Thomas and Martha Wayne are murdered in this narrow street in front of their only young son, Bruce (David Mazouz). Both very characteristic of New York and symbolizing a threatening side, this alley has been filmed many times.

Address: 11-29 Cortlandt Alley, New York, USA

2. Red Hook Grain Terminal

Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) takes Detective James “Jim” Gordon (Ben McKenzie) to this pier in front of the old Red Hook grain elevator. He then gives him a choice: kill the Penguin or be killed. Gordon pretends to murder him by pushing him into the water. Abandoned for about 50 years, this site is not accessible to the public but you can get a good look at it from the Red Hook Park, just next door, overlooking Henry Street Bassin.

Address: 104 Halleck Street, Brooklyn, New York, USA

3. Gotham Cathedral

Gotham Cathedral
Gotham Cathedral

Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) takes Jim to Gotham Cathedral and holds him hostage. The setting is that of the St-Ann and Holy Trinity Church, a 4,000 m2 Gothic building built between 1844 and 1847 under the orders of Minard Lafever. The church has magnificent stained glass windows by William Jay Bolton, the first American artist to design them in the 19th century.

Address: Saint Ann and Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague Street, Brooklyn, New York, USA

4. Arkham Asylum of Gotham

Arkham Asylum - Gotham
Arkham Asylum – Gotham

Upon his removal as Commissioner, Gordon became custodian of the sinister Arkham Asylum. The first hospital on Staten Island when it opened in 1831 and abandoned since the mid-1990s, the Bayley Seton Hospital was the ideal setting for its architecture. A monumental gate has been installed at the entrance to the car park by the production. Sculptures were also added in post-production.

Address: 75 Vanderbilt Avenue, Staten Island, New York, USA

5. Staple Street Skybridge

Staple Street Skybridge - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Staple Street Skybridge – Photo credit: Fantrippers

When Bruce and Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee) are looking for Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), their car passes under the famous Staple Street Skybridge. This aerial footbridge was built in 1907 by Robertson and Potter to connect the New York City Hospital House of Relief with its extension across the street. The buildings then went into private hands. For thirty years, the skybridge connected the ends of fashion designer Zoran Ladicorbic’s loft. In 2015, the premises were put up for sale for $30 million.

Address: 9 Jay Street, New York, USA

6. NYC Municipal Archives

NYC Municipal Archives - Photo Wikimedia Commons by Timessquare42
NYC Municipal Archives – Photo Wikimedia Commons by Timessquare42

This splendid and gigantic building houses court records dating back to 1684, city archives and more than a million photographs of New York City. It was here that Commissioner Loeb retired and Theo Galavan (James Frain) made his first appearance.

Address: 31 Chambers Street, New York, USA

7. The Campbell Apartment

In season 3, Alfred meets a certain Wayne Enterprises employee in this bar located in Grand Central. It is housed in the former office of John W. Campbell (1880-1957), a millionaire who was president of the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad. After his death, the place was used as storage and even as a small prison, before being restored to become a bar in 1999.

Address: 15 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, USA

8. Gotham City Vault

Fort Totten - Wikimedia Commons photo by Jim.henderson
Fort Totten – Wikimedia Commons photo by Jim.henderson

Fort Totten was used to represent the Gotham City Vault, also known as the Gotham Armory. This is where Butch Gilzean (Drew Powell), a henchman for Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), blows up a truck. Built in 1862 for the Civil War, the building was abandoned by the army in 1974. Today it serves as a training site for firefighters and police officers. Its park is very pleasant and hosts many events.

Address: Totten Avenue & 15th Road, Bayside, Queens, New York, USA

9. Brooklyn Army Terminal

Brooklyn Army Terminal - Gotham
Brooklyn Army Terminal – Gotham

Built at the end of World War I and an important hub during World War II, the Brooklyn Army Terminal now hosts numerous film shoots. For example, the hall in Building B is the setting for Fray Pharmaceutical’s warehouse where Selina is looking for medicines. It is also within these walls that the scene of the train station was shot in which Dr. K. Thompkins is coming back to Gotham. The directors used a green background and then integrated the New York skyline.

Address: 5803 1st Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, USA

10. Cunard Building

Cunard Building - Photo Wikimedia Commons by Rodhullandemu
Cunard Building – Photo Wikimedia Commons by Rodhullandemu

The Cunard Building, also known as the Standard and Poors Building, is a 22-storey building built in 1921. Its ground floor is regularly rented for events. Wayne Enterprises is organizing one at the end of season one. Bruce invites Barbara there and Barbara gets kidnapped.

Address: 25 Broadway, New York, USA

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These are often anonymous places these are that have become world-famous thanks to pop culture, to the point where they are now inseparable from the works they were used to set.

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The coffee ofAmélie, the location of the Corniaud, the bridge of Inception, the seat of the Spectre in James Bond, the restaurant of Ratatouille, the church of Les Tontons Flingueurs, the bar of Bref., the agency in Call my Agent, the restaurant in Emily in Paris, the refuge of Lupin, the Parisian residence of the heroines of Gossip Girl, the firm of In therapy, the works of the Louvre featured in the clip Apeshit by Jay Z & Beyoncé, the Parc Montsouris of Jacques Higelin, the metro station of Poinçonneur des Lilas by Serge Gainsbourg, the café in Paris Le Flore by Etienne Daho, the apartment ofAdèle Blanc-Sec, the lair of Olrik in Blake & Mortimer, the apartment of Arsene Lupin, the home of the Count of Monte Cristo, the address of The Malaussian Family, the police station of Maigret, the Fiat Lux agency of Nestor Burma, the bar of A Moveable Feast, the tavern of Three musketeers…

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By Damien Duarte

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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