7 TV Shows That Make Us Want to Move to New York City

Jan 27, 2018

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Live from New York … it’s the 60th annual GRAMMY Awards! Beyond major events, New York City has been the setting for countless shows, from sitcoms to live performances, dramas to comedies, and, in some cases, become more of a character than a location. We’ve compiled a list of some of television’s most well-known shows about NYC — from Brooklyn to Queens.

1. Friends: Greenwich Village

They’ll be there for you — night or day, on Netflix as well as countless other media outlets. This heavily syndicated show is considered one of TV’s most popular of all time. The group of six friends who lived minutes away from each other in the Village regularly found themselves in their neighborhood watering, err, coffee hole, Central Perk. The crew worked across the city, from Bloomingdale’s to NYU. While Friends is one of those shows that make us want to move to NYC, we’re still scratching our heads at how their apartments are so big (and cheap).

2. Seinfeld: Upper West Side

This classic “show about nothing” follows Jerry and his gang of hilarious friends throughout their random adventures in Manhattan. A lot of the action takes place in Jerry’s apartment on West 81st, half a block behind the American Museum of Natural History. But the crazy crew doesn’t limit themselves to just Jerry’s apartment — they can be found galavanting all over the city, from Rockaway Beach to Sotheby’s.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer on "Seinfeld". (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer on “Seinfeld”. (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

3. Sex and the City: Upper East Side

SATC follows the lives of four fashionistas who are making names for themselves in the big city. They live in various ‘hoods around NYC but the show closely follows writer and author, Carrie Bradshaw. The opening credits role with Bradshaw traversing the busy streets, and several monuments make an appearance, from the top of the Chrysler building to the Brooklyn Bridge (even those these ladies would only find themselves in Brooklyn under the most dire situation; my how times have changed!).

4. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Various Locations

After living in an underground bunker for 15 years under duress, Kimmy Schmidt moves to the Big Apple to reclaim the last decade and a half of her life. While they film much of the show in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Kimmy resides in the fictional neighborhood of East Dogmouth, which is supposed to be north of 125th street. Kimmy runs up and down the island, from Rockefeller Center and Times Square to Dylan’s Candy Bar and Tavern on the Green.

Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". (Photo courtesy Netflix)
Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”. (Photo courtesy Netflix)

5. Girls: Brooklyn

Girls is the millennial response to Sex and the City, where a group of four twenty-something girls try to find their way in NYC after graduating college. Half the crew lives in Greenpoint and the other half in NoLita in Manhattan. When Hannah, the lead character, travels back home, she repeats a mantra: “You are from New York, therefore you are just naturally interesting.” While that may not be true, it’s a friendly reminder that some people, like Girls, think NYC is the center of the world.

6. 30 Rock: Rockefeller Center

Written by and starring Tina Fey, 30 Rock is based off her experience as head writer for Saturday Night Live. It depicts a fictitious live sketch comedy show that films at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and airs on NBC. The show wasn’t actually filmed at its namesake building — except for two live shows — but on a set in Queens. The cast and crew would film outside the famed location, though, and other locations around Manhattan.

7. Law & Order: Various Locations

Law & Order, the longest-running crime drama on American primetime television, was set and filmed in NYC. The NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office are featured in every show, the former during the investigation in the first half of the show and the latter when the defendant is prosecuted. For as many different settings as the show has had over the years, one Manhattan building stands out to fans: The New York County Courthouse in Lower Manhattan.

Featured photo of Girls, courtesy of HBO.

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