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

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New York City police stations and barracks…

Firefighters or crime fighters, the headquarters of these law enforcement agencies are very cinematographic in New York City. Discover 6 barracks and police stations that are a must see! also to be found in the New York guide of the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels.


In New York 911, the beautiful fire station where Jimmy Doherty (Eddie Cibrian) works was built by Bradford Lee Gilbert, architect of many New York buildings, including his first skyscraper, the Tower Building, which was destroyed in 1913. This barracks, opened in 1904, refers to the Dutch origins of New York, with a stepped building, known as the proto-baroque style. It’s still active.

This is the oldest fire unit on Long Island. After having been housed in a former railway car, it has occupied, since 1904, this building built by Bradford Lee Gilbert, the architect of New York’s first skyscraper, the Tower Building (1889-1914). The building has been listed as part of the city’s heritage since 2006.

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Where would the Ghostbusters be without their iconic headquarters? This place, which can be seen many times in Ivan Reitman’s two films, still exists. Located in Tribeca, south of Manhattan, the easily recognizable building is a fire station called Hook and Ladder 8. For the record, the barracks almost closed in 2011 due to budget cuts, but the mobilization of the inhabitants, who are very attached to this building dating back to 1895, made it possible to keep it in operation. Close to the World Trade Center, its firefighters were among the first to respond to the attacks of September 11, 2001, and a sign in the entrance exposes some phones exhumed from the rubble of Ground Zero. On the spot, the links with SOS Ghosts still exist! First of all, on the sidewalk on which was drawn a huge logo linking the ghostbusters logo and the firefighters, while inside, the Ghostbusters 2 sign is prominently displayed! The firefighters are very friendly and, when they are not on duty, they are happy to take a break with the many tourists visiting the site. However, don’t expect to find the entire ghost hunters’ headquarters, as the interior scenes were shot in a disused Los Angeles barracks!

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In Cagney & Lacey, the 15th Precinct, where the two NYPD women work, is fictional. To represent it, the producers chose to film the façade of the 9th Precinct, used in many films and series. If the New York County Courthouse also appears, the other takes were made in a studio in Los Angeles.

Nicknamed “The Fighting Ninth”, this police station will probably look familiar to you as it has been filmed in many series. so much so that when the 1912 building was destroyed in 2002 to build a more suitable one, it was decided to keep its façade. It was therefore dismantled stone by stone during the work, then reinstalled before the opening on May 18, 2007.

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In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, only the facade of this real Brooklyn police station appears in the 2014 Golden Globe winning series. The interior scenes of this crazy police station are shot in a studio in Los Angeles.

Located right next to the Barclays Center, this building has enjoyed a new popularity since the Brooklyn Nine-Nine series was broadcast. In reality, this section of the NYPD has the number 78, corresponding to the Precinct it is in charge of. This one covers the area of Park Slope and Prospect Park.

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In The City Without Veils, young investigator Jimmy Halloran (Don Tayor) joins experienced Lieutenant Dan Muldoon (Barry Fitzgerald) at the police station. While it is common for this type of building to be filmed frequently, producers only capture images of the façade, the rest being shot in the studio. But Jules Dassin had been able, at the time, to put his cameras inside.

With a geographical area stretching from 14th to 43rd St, on the western part of Manhattan, the 10th Precinct covers a huge area. One of the few in the borough where the crime rate has risen over the past 15 years. to be put into perspective, however, since Hudson Yards is in full development and the number of offences remains fairly low on a city-wide scale (1,032 in 2016 without any murders).

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In New York City’s Criminal Investigation Department, the first part of each episode takes place in this police station, the scene of the investigation and then the arrest of suspects. The second part of the episode presents the trial in the New York State Supreme Court (60 Center St).

In 1973, the New York Police Department moved from its splendid Art-Deco headquarters at 240 Centre St, which it had occupied since 1909, to its new headquarters. Aesthetic shock since the building imagined by Gruzen & Partners is a product of the brutalist movement. Inspired by Boston City Hall, it represents an inverted pyramid at the top of its thirteen floors. Its security perimeter has also changed the neighbourhood’s habits. Park Row, a major artery linking Chinatown to the Financial District, was closed to traffic in 2001 to protect it from an explosive truck attack.

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Since the dawn of cinema, films have invaded the world and highlighted sometimes unexpected places. Every film location has its secrets. The latter are sometimes as exciting as the feature films themselves.

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By Anthony Thibault

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

From the "Casimir generation", Anthony has kept (in addition to a passion for Goldorak) a taste for inventive images, experimentation and curiosity. Passionate about travel and pop culture, he co-founded Fantrippers with Nicolas Albert to share his passion with as many people as possible.

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