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Place on Instagram: The only “dark” lane in New York, where they constantly make movies and TV shows

Contrary to stereotypes, there are practically no similar places in the whole city.

lane cortland in new york Photo zokuga from flickr
A rare crime series, film noir, or even a blockbuster with action in New York does without a scene in a dark dangerous alley. His image is familiar to many viewers – it is a narrow street between brick houses with garbage cans, massive fire escapes and fog it is not clear where. In such places according to the plot, for example, they hide from criminals or the police, rob or kill.

Such scenes in the dark alleys help inspire the audience with the same idea: supposedly New York is a city of thousands of mysterious lanes, the authors of the 99% Invisible podcast emphasize little-known architecture and design projects.

However, this is not the case. in the historical core of the city, Manhattan, there are six more or less suitable places. In most of them, as explained in 99% Invisible, it is forbidden or “too expensive” to shoot. Therefore, in the vicinity of Broadway, there is only one place where, as a result, scenes for almost all films are born – Cortlandt Alley Lane.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]You’ve seen Cortland Lane on TV shows and movies. In fact, you saw it so often that at a subconscious level you can believe that most lanes in New York look exactly like that. But no, this is only one such place in the whole city – and it makes you take everything wrong.[/perfectpullquote]
from the podcast 99% Invisible

“But if you tell the director that New York is not a city of lanes, they will look at you as if you have two heads and you don’t understand your work,” says Nick Carr, a search specialist for movie tracks.

According to Karr, we are talking about visiting directors who looked at the pictures taken in New York and also wanted to make a scene in the alley. Carr is disappointed with this phenomenon, because he believes that it is much more interesting to show the side of the city, which really exists.


Selection of scenes from films and TV shows filmed in Cortland Lane: including “People in Black”, “Ninja Turtles”, “Gotham”, “The Dark Side of Passion”, “Underground Empire” and “Smurfs”Clip Vampire Weekend, shot in the same place
Cortland Lane has become a popular destination among New Yorkers and tourists due to the filming of movies and TV shows. TJ has selected some photos from Instagram.

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