This Exists: The 'Law & Order: SVU' Map of New York City
It's true whether you're in Los Angeles or New York: visitors always thing they're going to see either celebrities walking down the street, or a violent crime happen. Well, now you can enjoy a combo of both with WNYC's new map of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit locations around the Big Apple.
This map, culled from the addresses flashed on tv during scene changes in the 13 seasons of the show plus episode info and original air date, follows detectives Benson and Stabler (and Ice T!) from suspicious butcher shops in the Bronx to Little Italy eateries with shady side businesses. The addresses may be real, but the tenants are fictional; that doesn't mean it's not fun to make a DIY tour of the locations from a favorite episode.
As you can see with the map, L&O: SVU is all over Manhattan, with a few forays into the outer boroughs. And, as any NY resident will tell you, spotting Law & Order filming on the streets can be part of an average day in the city.
True story: one time we were walking down Howard Street in Soho and noticed that, unsurprisingly, the street was partially blocked off for filming. The scene ended up being for Law & Order: Criminal Intent and, as the crew packed up, we posed with stretchers and other props on the cobblestones...for eventual Facebook photos, of course. That's the only time it's cool to smile in a photo with a chalk outline, you guys.
Pro Tip: WNYC also has similar maps for Mad Men and HBO's Girls!
[Photo: NBC Universal]