Monday, January 3, 2011

As seen on TV.

"Seinfeld" lent iconic status to the neighborhood diner where Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer hung out seemingly all the time. Called Monk's CafĂ© in the show, the real-life eatery is actually Tom's Restaurant, and it's located in Manhattan's Morningside Heights neighborhood at 112th and Broadway. (Music fans may be interested to know it was also the setting for the Suzanne Vega song "Tom's Diner.") The interior is different from that in the show, but the exterior still sports the diner's famous neon marquee."-Amy Swanson
"That brick tower seen in the opening credits of "The Office" isn’t really the headquarters of the Dunder Mifflin paper company, but an actual paper company — Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Co. — does in fact call the building home. Head to downtown Scranton (near a real Mifflin Avenue)  to see the tower, along with the opening sequence’s “Scranton Welcomes You” sign, which has been moved from its original location to the food court at Scranton’s Mall at Steamtown."-Swanson
"Oahu is full of places to pay homage to "Lost," which recently wrapped up a six-year run. One of the loveliest is the Byodo-In Temple in Kahaluu, which was the location for Jin and Sun’s engagement (and was also featured in the series "Magnum, P.I." and "Hawaii Five-O"). Also be sure to see Mokule‘ia Beach on the North Shore, which was featured as the crash site, and the YMCA Camp Erdman, which has become a popular tourist destination since starring as the village of the Others."-Swanson
"The Andy Griffith Show" wasn’t filmed in this small North Carolina town, but the classic series’ connection to Mount Airy runs deep. The show’s fictional town of Mayberry was based on Mount Airy, which was the hometown of Griffith himself. Even today, Mount Airy’s Main Street is reminiscent of Mayberry’s, and modern residents play up the Mayberry connection through “Griffith”-themed tourist activities (including town tours via squad car) and the annual Mayberry Days festival, which runs this year from Sept. 23-26."-Swanson
"The Cheers bar was inspired by a real-life Boston watering hole called the Bull & Finch Pub, whose exterior was seen in every episode. That pub has since changed its name to Cheers Beacon Hill, but it continues to serve food and suds in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. Although the interior of the bar is much different than the TV version, the pub’s owners have built a replica in Boston’s Faneuil Hall, where you can hoist another pint and reminisce about Sam, Woody and the gang." -Swanson
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