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Backlot - New York Street

The latest version of the New York Street sets opened in December 2009, following the huge fire in June 2008.

The New York Street area has been used in countless productions over the years. It\'s been rebuilt after fires in 1957, 1990 and 2008, and frequently changes appearance as required by the production work at the time. The street is curved at both ends to give the illusion of a longer street on camera.

The entire New York Street / Metropolitan area has just reopened after it was destroyed by fire June 1 2008. The new structures comply with a new building code specifically for backlot structures, meaning they have sprinklers and other fire-protection measures built in.

Between 1984 and 1990 the whole New York Street area had a large rig above it which could be used to cover the sets with black tarpaulins in order to do night shooting during the day. See Streets of Fire (1984) page for more.


Although New York Street has been rebuilt many times, some of the sets have been rebuilt (almost) the same designs over the years, and can easily be recognised.

2009 Rebuild

The New York Street area now contains 15 different shooting locations, categorised as follows;

Press Release - February 2009 - Rebuilding

February 3, 2009


A little over a year after a fire damaged four acres on the world’s largest working movie studio lot, Universal Studios will re-open in mid-Summer most of its iconic sets and will unveil innovative shooting locations designed to meet contemporary film production needs. The new and re-created sets will be featured on the world-famous Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour—recently upgraded with Hi-Def digital servers and flat screen monitors—and will enhance visitors’ behind-the-scenes experience of a working studio environment.

Beginning in mid-summer, production will resume on the world- famous Courthouse Square, Brownstone Street and an enhanced New York Street. The new locations to be introduced this year will include a gas station, a firehouse, a London Street and, most notably, a modern urban cityscape, with glass and steel façade structures that will provide film and TV crews with the opportunity to replicate a modern city street scene in a controlled studio environment. The contemporary cityscape will be the largest modern urban backlot shooting location in Los Angeles.

These advanced facilities were constructed to provide ideal shooting conditions for contemporary productions, and were designed with the assistance of leading filmmakers and art directors. Additional sets will remain in construction and are planned to open in 2010.

The great majority of the studio’s famous standing sets and locations, including the "War of the Worlds" set, Western Streets, European Street, Mexican Street, the Psycho House-Bates Motel, and "Desperate Housewives" Wisteria Lane were untouched by the fire and have remained in continuous use for dozens of motion picture and television productions.

During the reconstruction phase of the backlot, Studio Tour guests will experience a panoramic view of the construction and dramatic transformation taking place at the historic studio. The Studio Tour is a signature attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., and is also being upgraded this year to feature a Hi-Definition TV digital system, with new flat-screen HD monitors installed in each Tram car. The new monitors will feature commentary from filmmakers and stars and clips from movies and TV productions, many created especially for the Studio Tour and all corresponding to the sites visited along the Tour route. Because the Tour is constantly changing to accommodate movie and TV production schedules, a custom Hi-Definition playback system was designed to allow for the selection of materialfrom the hundreds of clips created for the Studio Tour attraction.

Beginning June 1, "The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien" will debut in a newly renovated sound stage located on the Universal Studios lot. As Emmy Award-winning host Conan O’Brien moves to California, the show’s state of the art studio will become a featured showpiece of the Studio Tour.

New York Street Opening Ceremony

Courtesy Universal Studios Hollywood, from May 29 2010. Includes interview with Steven Spielberg and Jeff Zucker.

Current Plan of the New York Street Area (from May 2011)

Plan of New York Street from 2011  Universal Studios
Plan of New York Street from 2011 Universal Studios

Plans of the New York Street Area (before June 2008 fire)

Plan of New York Street  Universal Studios
Plan of New York Street Universal Studios
Plan of New York Street  Universal Studios
Plan of New York Street Universal Studios

Photo Gallery (before 2008 Fire)

New York Street 2007

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1 - New York Street Universal Studios
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2 - New York Street Universal Studios
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3 - New York Street Universal Studios
 4 - New York Street - September 2006
4 - New York Street - September 2006
 5 - New York Street composite - September 2006
5 - New York Street composite - September 2006

Photo Gallery (December 2009)

The Metropolitan area sets have just reopened after a year-long construction period. The sets look more detailed and more diverse than ever - they're already booked up for Iron Man 3 and Ridley Scott's movie based on the Hasbro Monopoly board game, and it looks like the sets will remain busy for the foreseeable future.


Photo Gallery - Current



Seen on Screen: Universal Studios Hollywood [New York Street]

My Man Godfrey [Feature Film]1957Henry KosterIMDB Database page about My Man Godfrey
The last movie to shoot on New York Street before parts of it were destroyed by a fire in June 1957.
To Kill A Mockingbird [Feature Film]1962Robert MulliganIMDB Database page about To Kill A Mockingbird
Courthouse Square, Stage 29, Stage 30 [courthouse interior], Stage 32.
The whole street featured in the movie was built on the backlot, adjacent to the New York Street sets. The Boo Radley house was designed by Henry Bumstead and built at Universal, while all other houses were moved to the backlot from Chaves Ravine, where developers were clearing the land for the Dodgers Stadium. The houses were bought for $1 each from developers. The Boo Radley house remains on Elm Street to this day.
Madame X [Feature Film]1966David Lowell RichIMDB Database page about Madame X
New York Street, Little Europe (as Germany)
Torn Curtain [Feature Film]1966Alfred HitchcockIMDB Database page about Torn Curtain
New York Street, Stage 28 (including the Paris Opera House sets for the Theatre scene), Stage 32.
Thoroughly Modern Millie [Feature Film]1967George Roy HillIMDB Database page about Thoroughly Modern Millie
Stage 12 (Muzzy Estate), Stage 22, Stage 27, Stage 28 were the soundstages used. The Paris Opera House sets on Stage 28 were used for the theatre sequence. Many exterior scenes were shot on New York Street and Brownstone Street. The Square of Warriors embassy buildings featured as Carol Channing / Muzzy's mansion.
Ironside [TV Series]1967-1975Collier YoungIMDB Database page about Ironside
Apartments, Colonial Street, Mediterranean Square, New York Street (as San Francisco). Interiors were shot on Stage 20.
Change of Habit [Feature Film]1969William A. GrahamIMDB Database page about Change of Habit
The church on New York Street featured in this movie musical. Brownstone Street is also featured.
Topaz [Feature Film]1969Alfred HitchcockIMDB Database page about Topaz
New York Street
Dirty Harry [Feature Film]1971Don SiegelIMDB Database page about Dirty Harry
New York Street (as San Francisco) - Bank Robbery
Columbo [TV Series]1971-2003Richard Levinson, William LinkIMDB Database page about Columbo
New York Street (various episodes), Singapore Lake, Stage 28
The Sting [Feature Film]1973George Roy HillIMDB Database page about The Sting
Brownstone Street and New York Street feature as Old Chicago. The theater on the south side of New York Street featured as the exterior of the Burlesque Theater, and an elevated train track was built to run above the street. The Paris Opera House sets on Stage 28 were used for the theater interior scenes. Stage 12, Stage 22, Stage 23, Stage 24, Stage 27 and Stage 32 were also used.
Kojak [TV Series]1973-1978Abby MannIMDB Database page about Kojak
Colonial Street, New York Street, Stage 22
Earthquake [Feature Film]1974Mark RobsonIMDB Database page about Earthquake
New York Street, extended by glorious matte paintings and miniature footage, is destroyed in numerous ways. Stage 12 was used for the WIlson Plaza collapse and the stairway rescue.
The Six Million Dollar Man [TV Series]1974-1978IMDB Database page about The Six Million Dollar Man
New York Street, Stage 06, Stage 30, Ice Tunnel (Studio Tour)
Big Brother episode shot on Brownstone Street (1976)
Season 5, Episode 89 (1977) Target Steve Austin. While the Collapsing Bridge remains level, some of the boards break loose causing an RV to get stuck. Steve Austin has to climb down to the base of the bridge to shore it up and free the RV.
The Rockford Files [TV Series]1974-1980Stephen J. Cannell, Roy HugginsIMDB Database page about The Rockford Files
Apartments, Colonial Street (Harvey House), New York Street, Stage 30
Baretta [TV Series]1975Stephen J. CannellIMDB Database page about Baretta
Robert Blake lived on New York Street
Rich Man, Poor Man [TV Movie]1976IMDB Database page about Rich Man, Poor Man
New York Street, Little Europe (as France)
Quincy M.E. [TV Series]1976-1983Glen A. Larson, Lou ShawIMDB Database page about Quincy M.E.
Apartments, Colonial Street, Denver Street, New York Street, Stage 25
MacArthur, the Rebel General [Feature Film]1977Joseph Sargent IMDB Database page about MacArthur, the Rebel General
New York Street
The Incredible Hulk [TV Series]1978-1982IMDB Database page about The Incredible Hulk
New York Street (various episodes). Interiors were shot on Stage 23. Stage 04 was used for certain sequences.
The Blues Brothers [Feature Film]1980John LandisIMDB Database page about The Blues Brothers
Park Lake (Good ole boys motorhome crashes into lake), New York Street (as Chicago) - car jump stunt, Singapore Lake. The gospel church interior was shot on a set built on the Square of Warriors backlot set. Stage 25 was also used.
The Incredible Shrinking Woman [Feature Film]1981Joel SchumacherIMDB Database page about The Incredible Shrinking Woman
Stage 12, Stage 22, New York Street
Simon and Simon [TV Series]1981-1989Philip DeGuereIMDB Database page about Simon and Simon
Colonial Street, Courthouse Square, New York Street, Elm Street (as Industrial Street), Old Mexico, Six Points Texas, all on the Universal Studios backlot. Stage 25
Annie [Feature Film]1982John HustonIMDB Database page about Annie
Annie finds her dog Sandy on Brownstone Street. New York Street is also featured.
City Heat [Feature Film]1984Richard BenjaminIMDB Database page about City Heat
New York Street (as Kansas City), Brownstone Street
Streets of Fire [Feature Film]1984Walter HillIMDB Database page about Streets of Fire
New York Street
Airwolf [TV Series]1984-1986Donald P. BellisarioIMDB Database page about Airwolf
Colonial Street (Cleaver House), Denver Street, Little Europe, New York Street, Six Points Texas, Square of Warriors, Tower of London backlot sets, Stage 14 [helicopter interior mockup], Stage 20 [process shots], Stage 24 [Hawke Cabin set], Stage 27 [The Lair hideout], Stage 28 [process shots]
Murder She Wrote [TV Series]1984-1996VariousIMDB Database page about Murder She Wrote
"Incident on Lot 7" - Season 8, Episode 13 (1992) - Psycho House
"Jessica Behind Bars" - Season 2, Episode 9 (1985) - Square of Warriors / Spartacus Square Embassy building appears as the Prison exterior.
"Hooray for Homicide" - Season 1, Episode 3 (1984) - Front Lot & Studio Tour
Colonial Street, New York Street (as London), Tower of London set (as an amusement park), Little Europe (unknown episodes)
Elm Street (as Industrial Street), Singapore Lake (Jaws Lake) appeared in the opening titles as Cabot Cove, Maine.
"To Kill A Legend" (Season 11 Episode 3, October 1994) Circle Drive on Colonial Street is featured prominently as the location for the battle re-enactment. The church is seen in many shots.
"Seal of the Confessional" - Season 6 Episode 2 (1989) - Colonial Street Circle Drive church appears in the opening sequence. Jaws Lake appears as Cabot Cove.
Stage 20 [pilot], Stage 22, Stage 25 (interior Jessica Fletcher's house), Stage 29, the backlot Train Station appeared in one episode.
Legal Eagles [Feature Film]1986Ivan ReitmanIMDB Database page about Legal Eagles
Stage 12, New York Street backlot
Harry and the Hendersons [Feature Film]1987William DearIMDB Database page about Harry and the Hendersons
New York Street (as Seattle)
Married With Children [TV Series]1987-1997Ron Leavitt, Michael G. MoyeIMDB Database page about Married With Children
New York Street
Moonwalker [Feature Film]1988Jerry Kramer, Jim Blashfield, Colin Chilvers IMDB Database page about Moonwalker
The Smooth Criminal sequence was shot on Brownstone Street, Little Europe and in the New York Street area.
Smooth Criminal [Music Video]1988Colin ChilversIMDB Database page about Smooth Criminal
Extensive shooting around Little Europe, New York Street and Brownstone Street sets
Quantum Leap [TV Series]1989-1993Donald P. BellisarioIMDB Database page about Quantum Leap
Brownstone Street, New York Street, Collapsing Bridge (Studio Tour)
Dick Tracy [Feature Film]1990Warren BeattyIMDB Database page about Dick Tracy
New York Street
Mobsters [Feature Film]1991Michael KarbelnikoffIMDB Database page about Mobsters
New York Street, Stage 12
Harry and the Hendersons [TV Series]1991-1993IMDB Database page about Harry and the Hendersons
Stage 42, New York Street on the backlot.
Death Becomes Her [Feature Film]1992Robert ZemeckisIMDB Database page about Death Becomes Her
Stage 31, Stage 34, Stage 36, New York Street
Dracula [Feature Film]1992Francis Ford CoppolaIMDB Database page about Dracula
New York Street (as London)
Newsies [Feature Film]1992Kenny OrtegaIMDB Database page about Newsies
Many weeks of shooting on New York Street on the Universal backlot, while parts of it were still under construction following the 1990 fire.
Sinatra [TV Movie]1992James Steven SadwithIMDB Database page about Sinatra
New York Street
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story [Feature Film]1993Rob CohenIMDB Database page about Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
New York Street
Swing Kids [Feature Film]1993Thomas CarterIMDB Database page about Swing Kids
New York Street
Wayne's World 2 (Waynes World 2) [Feature Film]1993Stephen SurjikIMDB Database page about Wayne
New York Street (as London)
The X-Files [TV Series]1993 - 2002Chris CarterIMDB Database page about The X-Files
New York Street
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman [TV Series]1993-1997Joe Shuster, Jerry SiegelIMDB Database page about Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
New York Street
Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman [TV Series]1993-1998Beth SullivanIMDB Database page about Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
Courthouse Square, New York Street
NYPD Blue [TV Series]1993-2005Steven Bochco, David MilchIMDB Database page about NYPD Blue
Brownstone Street (Armored Car Robbery), New York Street
Beverly Hills Cop III [Feature Film]1994John LandisIMDB Database page about Beverly Hills Cop III
The Alien Attack theme park ride is actually the Earthquake attraction on the Universal Studios tram tour.
New York Street
I Love Trouble [Feature Film]1994Charles ShyerIMDB Database page about I Love Trouble
New York Street
The Shadow [Feature Film]1994Russell MulcahyIMDB Database page about The Shadow
Stage 29, Brownstone Street, New York Street, Square of Warriors (Alec Baldwin's mansion)
How to Make An American Quilt [Feature Film]1995Jocelyn MoorhouseIMDB Database page about How to Make An American Quilt
Stage 29, New York Street
Money Train [Feature Film]1995Joseph RubenIMDB Database page about Money Train
New York Street
Cybill [TV Series]1995-1998Chuck LorreIMDB Database page about Cybill
New York Street
Jingle All The Way [Feature Film]1996Brian LevantIMDB Database page about Jingle All The Way
Courthouse Square and New York Street (as Minneapolis)
Mrs Santa Claus [TV Movie]1996Terry HughesIMDB Database page about Mrs Santa Claus
New York Street, Stage 22
The Crow: City of Angels [Feature Film]1996Tim PopeIMDB Database page about The Crow: City of Angels
New York Street
The Phantom [Feature Film]1996Simon WincerIMDB Database page about The Phantom
New York Street
The Burning Zone [TV Series]1996-1997Coleman LuckIMDB Database page about The Burning Zone
New York Street, Square of Warriors, Stage 33, Stage 34
Something So Right [TV Series]1996-1998John Peaslee, Judd PillotIMDB Database page about Something So Right
Stage 41, New York Street
Batman & Robin [Feature Film]1997Joel SchumacherIMDB Database page about Batman & Robin
Courthouse Square and New York Street on the backlot.
Face/Off [Feature Film]1997John WooIMDB Database page about Face/Off
New York Street sets
MouseHunt [Feature Film]1997Gore VerbinskiIMDB Database page about MouseHunt
New York Street
The Peacemaker [Feature Film]1997Mimi LederIMDB Database page about The Peacemaker
New York Street
Ally McBeal [TV Series]1997-2002David E. KelleyIMDB Database page about Ally McBeal
Brownstone Street / New York Street sets on the backlot.
Dr Dolittle [Feature Film]1998Betty ThomasIMDB Database page about Dr Dolittle
New York Street
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me [Feature Film]1999Jay RoachIMDB Database page about Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Production Designer Rusty Smith re-imagined London's Carnaby Street on the New York Street set on the Universal backlot. It was also used for the Elvis Costello / Burt Bacharach sequence.
Why Dont You Get A Job: The Offspring [Music Video]1999McG
Extensive shooting around the backlot - Colonial Street, Courthouse Square, New York Street
CSI [TV Series]2000-Ann Donahue, Anthony E. ZuikerIMDB Database page about CSI
Based on Stage 22, Stage 23, Stage 24, Stage 25 on the Universal front lot. Many sets on the backlot have also appeared including the Chicken Ranch (2005) and New York Street sets.
Dilemma: Nelly & Kelly Rowland [Music Video]2002
Colonial Street is used throughout, apart from a few shots outside a movie theatre which were shot on New York Street.
Monk [TV Series]2002-2009VariousIMDB Database page about Monk
Various episodes shot on New York Street and Elm Street on the backlot.
Bruce Almighty [Feature Film]2003Tom ShadyacIMDB Database page about Bruce Almighty
Brownstone Street, Courthouse Square, Falls Lake, New York Street on the backlot and Stage 01, Stage 19, Stage 29, Stage 41.
Down With Love [Feature Film]2003Peyton ReedIMDB Database page about Down With Love
Street scenes were shot on New York Street - digital set extensions were used extensively.
Christmas with the Kranks [Feature Film]2004Joe RothIMDB Database page about Christmas with the Kranks
New York Street
Spider-Man 2 [Feature Film]2004Sam RaimiIMDB Database page about Spider-Man 2
Theater where MJ performed in The Importance of Being Earnest is on New York Street.
House [TV Series]2004 - presentDavid ShoreIMDB Database page about House
New York Street [coach crash episode], Old Mexico backlot.
Shaggy Dog [Feature Film]2005Brian RobbinsIMDB Database page about Shaggy Dog
New York Street alley
Criminal Minds [TV Series]2005-Jeff DavisIMDB Database page about Criminal Minds
New York Street (April 2012)
How I Met Your Mother [TV Series]2005-Carter Bays, Craig ThomasIMDB Database page about How I Met Your Mother
New York Street
Deja Vu [Feature Film]2006Tony ScottIMDB Database page about Deja Vu
New York Street
The Prestige [Feature Film]2006Christopher NolanIMDB Database page about The Prestige
Brownstone Street and New York Street on the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot were extensively re-dressed to portray the London Street scenes.
The movie was in production January 16 - April 9 2006.
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets [Feature Film]2007Jon TurteltaubIMDB Database page about National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
Stage 12 (treasure room), Stage 41, New York Street (opening scenes set in 1865), Falls Lake
Transformers [Feature Film]2007Michael BayIMDB Database page about Transformers
Final battle sequences shot on New York Street on the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot.
Changeling [Feature Film]2008Clint EastwoodIMDB Database page about Changeling
The bank featured in Dirty Harry was redressed with new steps up to it for this movie. New York Street featured heavily as LA in the 1920s and was disguised with digital set extensions. Telephone exchanges featured in the movie can be seen in the Prop Warehouse.
Ford Kuga - Blank Canvas [Commercial]2008Nicolai Fuglsig
New York Street and Brownstone Street
Superhero Movie [Feature Film]2008Craig MazinIMDB Database page about Superhero Movie
Brownstone Street, New York Street
Michael Buble: Hollywood [Music Video]2010Rich Lee
New York Street, Front Lot, Denver Street all feature in this video.
Parenthood [TV Series]2010-IMDB Database page about Parenthood
Stage 43, Stage 44 [1st floor Zeek and Camilles house], New York Street, Hollywood Terrace / Prop Plaza [Zeek house exterior]
Captain America: The First Avenger [Feature Film]2011Joe JohnstonIMDB Database page about Captain America: The First Avenger
New York Street
I Wanna Go: Britney Spears [Music Video]2011Chris Marrs Piliero
New York Street / Metropolitan Sets
Next 2 You - Chris Brown ft. Justin Bieber [Music Video]2011Colin Tilley
Filmed on New York Street on the Universal Studios backlot.
The Edge of Glory: Lady Gaga [Music Video]2011Lady Gaga and Haus of Gaga
Filmed on a Brownstone set just off New York Street on the Metropolitan Sets backlot and a tenement fire escape behind the gas station on Courthouse Square at Universal Studios Hollywood.
L.A. Noir [TV Movie]2012Frank DarabontIMDB Database page about L.A. Noir
New York Street Sets (May 2012)
The Amazing Spider-Man [Feature Film]2012Marc WebbIMDB Database page about The Amazing Spider-Man
A number of the buildings on Universal's New York Street area were temporarily replaced with new facades for this production, which was filming during January 2011. The sequence where Captain Stacy and Spider-Man meet was shot on New York Street.
Falls Lake - bridge was set up in front of the bluescreen backing for the Williamsburg Bridge stunt sequence.
The Mindy Project [TV Series]2012-Mindy KalingIMDB Database page about The Mindy Project
Stage 27, New York Street set, Brownstone Street (apartment located here)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D / Agents of SHIELD [TV Series]2013Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Joss WhedonIMDB Database page about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D / Agents of SHIELD
Pilot: New York Street on the backlot for the superhero rescue from the burning building.
The Little Rascals [Feature Film]2013Alex Zamm
New York Street filming in October 2012
Phones 4U - Welcome to the Future [Commercial]2014Traktor
New York Street

Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty (2003) on New York Street (same location as the photos on the right)
Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty (2003) on New York Street

New York Street - Additional On Screen

Soon to be filming on the Metropolitan area sets:

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