TV Shows Filmed in Prospect Park
Prospect Park’s 585 acres have been featured on the small screen in many of our favorite television series. Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit organization that cares for the Park, takes a look at six shows that brought Brooklyn’s Backyard into your home.
The award-winning HBO series Boardwalk Empire stars Brooklyn celebrity Steve Buscemi as notorious Atlantic City politician and gangster “Nucky” Thompson. Set in the the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s, the series used the historic Tennis Center as a stand-in for Havana, Cuba, in the opening episode of season 5 of the show, with help from extensive set dressing and computer-generated graphics.
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The popular Showtime series The Affair explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship between Brooklynites Noah Solloway and Alison Lockhart (Dominic West and Ruth Wilson). In season 1, episode 7, Noah, tormented by the stress of his affair, goes for a run in Prospect Park. Park lovers will recognize the location of his dramatic collapse as the iconic Meadowport Arch at the north end of the Long Meadow.
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Broad City, the millennial favorite web series-turned-tv show, proudly uses New York City as its setting. This includes stunning backdrops such as Grand Central Terminal, Madison Square Park, and in an entire season 2 episode Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The Comedy Central series’ main characters Abbi (Abbi Jacobson) and Ilana (Ilana Glazer) rollerblade through the park as part of a digital detox. The day takes on an Odyssean quality, with stops in many familiar Prospect Park locations, culminating memorably with a dog wedding in the Park’s Music Pagoda.
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Orange is the New Black
This acclaimed Netflix series focuses on the occupants of Litchfield Penitentiary, a minimum-security women's prison. In each episode of Orange is the New Black, viewers learn about the lives of the inmates, and what led to their confinement. In season 2, episode 2, dedicated to the character Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson (Danielle Brooks), a flashback shows us a “black adoption festival” where Taystee meets the character who will lead her down a path of crime. The scene was filmed in Prospect Park’s own Parade Ground, the southernmost area of Prospect Park. This 40-acre green space contains the Prospect Park Tennis Center as well as baseball, soccer, softball and football fields.
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Bored to Death
Cult comedy series Bored to Death ran on HBO from 2009 to 2011. The show was created by author Jonathan Ames, and starred Jason Schwartzman as a fictional Jonathan Ames—a writer based in Brooklyn, who moonlights as an unlicensed private detective. The series filmed in many recognizable locations in and around Brooklyn, including Prospect Park. In the first episode of season 2, characters Leah and Ray (Heather Burns and Zach Galifianakis) recreate a scene familiar to many Brooklynites: a couple passionately discussing their relationship on a park bench on the Long Meadow.
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Person of Interest
Person of Interest is a crime drama that aired on CBS until 2016. The series centers on a mysterious, reclusive billionaire who develops a supercomputer for the government that is capable predicting crimes before they are committed. In season 5, episode 2, the billionaire and his crime-fighting team unwind with a picnic in Prospect Park. The ornamental Cleft Ridge Span and Concert Grove are both visible in the background.
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