Seen & Heard (And Tasted)
As home to two major studios, Western Queens, as logic would have it, is also the site of several location shoots for both the small and silver screen. Here’s a roundup of recent and upcoming spots featuring the Boro.
PAST & PRESENT
The Quays (45-02 30th Ave, Astoria) was a location shoot for the new Sherlock Holmes show, Elementary.
When Anjelica Huston met her love interest at the East Village dive bar “The Bushwhack” in Smash, she was actually nowhere near the East Village, but rather at L.I.C. Bar (45-58 Vernon Blvd, LIC).
The coffee shop where Gossip Girl’s Vanessa worked was really Long Island City’s Communitea (47-02 Vernon Blvd, LIC).
Will Smith ordered 5 Napkin Burger (35-01 36th St, Astoria) when filming Men In Black, and Ben Stiller is another of the many celebrities who can be spotted here. A killer daily happy hour from 4 to 7 and 9 to close ($2 sliders, taquitos, hand rolls and $4 drafts) is a cheap and tasty way to spot a star.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT
Look for Astoria-LIC in upcoming episodes of these shows:
Orange is the New Black, starring Jason Biggs, will be filming at Kaufman Astoria and has already licensed several locations throughout Astoria, including 21st & Ditmars.
BORO spotted The Good Wife filming an upcoming episode at Brooks 1890 Restaurant (24-28 Jackson Ave, LIC).
Gossip Girl recently licensed the streets at 23rd St & 45th Ave.
30 Rock shot near 30th Ave and 27th St in the middle of October.