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The Church Tony Soprano’s Grandfather Built

“See that church? Your great grandfather helped build that almost 80 years ago. He was a stonemason, the old man. Came over from Avellino with four dollars in his pocket.” Tony Soprano The camera pans down to show a beautiful church made of grey stone. Alongside it: a red Tahoe. A father wants to show his teenage son the family’s […]

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Where Christopher Moltisanti Almost Died

How could this happen? How could this happen? Tony Soprano As Christopher Moltisanti walks out of a diner beneath the Pulaski Skyway, he happens across two of his partners in crime: Matthew Bevilacqua and Sean Gismonte. What’s brought them to this same desolate spot? Suddenly, Sean leans out the window. In his hand: a pistol. Before Chris can react, Sean […]

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The Real Barone Sanitation from The Sopranos

A German Shepherd barks viciously and strains at his chain. A red Tahoe pulls up to a a large industrial building. The sky is grey. A hulking man steps out. This is Barone Sanitation, which featured prominently in The Sopranos as a front for Tony’s illicit interests. In one my favorite episodes from season 2, facing increasing police scrutiny, Tony […]

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This is Satriale’s From The Sopranos

They sit around tables covered in checkered cloths, sipping espresso. The conversations are hushed. As you approach, they fall silent. This is Satriale’s, the butcher shop that served as headquarters for Tony and his crew in The Sopranos. These scenes were shot at a storefront in Kearny, New Jersey, a working class, mostly Spanish town near Newark. Yesterday, I went […]

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Filming a TV Show in NYC in a Pandemic

EMT’s jump into a vintage ambulance and speed off past NYPD Chevy Caprices. The backdrop: a spooky, mostly disused hospital on the fringes of New York City. Two menacing men in flat-top fades and thick gold chains saunter toward the entrance. This is the world I spent yesterday in, as a background actor (also known as an extra) playing an […]

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Where The Sopranos Really Happened

“Douchebags make that a red zone?” I’m a huge fan of The Sopranos. Lately, one of my favorite ways to relax on a weekend night is shutting off the lights and watching a few episodes. So, since I live in northern New Jersey, I decided to see if there were any filming locations nearby. I found the location of a […]

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What It’s Like to Be on Law & Order: SVU

It was barely dawn when I walked into the squat brick building in Manhattan’s Little Italy. I wasn’t even sure it was the right place. I went through the heavy swinging doors to find a hive of hundreds, preparing to make one of the best known television shows on earth. In December 2019, I got the amazing opportunity to be […]

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This Video Will Make You Smile

Last night, my wife and I watched the newest episode of the adorable Japanese video series Pui Pui Molcar. I’ve mentioned this series before here, and this week’s video was their best yet! The video is below. If you’re stressed, take a couple minutes and enjoy! If you found this post interesting, please share it on Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn/email using the buttons […]