About the site

How it started

Let's go back to 2009. For a few years, I heard about a supposedly great show about the mafia in the USA. However, I never got around to watching it. At the end of 2009 I finally got around to watching it, and loved it from the very first minute. At the same time, I was looking for an internship position in the area of New York City. This turned out to be in New Brunswick, New Jersey. What better chance than this to visit some of the locations used in the show? So, I started searching for websites that provided information about The Sopranos filming locations, like The Lost Virtual Tour has for the show Lost. I was able to find a few sites, but none provided all the information, and none were set up like that site. And so, this site was born! A scene-by-scene list of all the locations used in the show.

Finding locations

Sometimes, finding a location is easy. For example, the IMDb trivia page for The Sopranos gives the location of the season 5 racetrack very clearly. So that's not very interesting. Searching - and ultimately finding a location that is not (well) documented is much more interesting. Let me give you some examples:

My stay in the USA

I am not a citizen of the USA, but in 2010 I got the chance to do an internship in New Brunswick, New Jersey. I arrived on Saturday the 19th of June and the last minutes on the plane were the best: I got to see several locations used in The Sopranos while flying towards Newark airport (itself featured in the show). During my stay, I visited a lot of locations and found quite a few by accident.

On my trip to Newark, Kearny, Harrison, and Belleville, while I was on the train I saw a building that looked a lot like a building featured in episode 1x07. Turns out I was right! Then, while I was walking near Cozzarelli's in Belleville I saw a building that I thought could have been used as the East Haledon middle school, which again turned out to be the case. Another day I was walking in New York City and I saw a cool building on Union Square. When I got home and looked at the pictures I took I suddenly realized that it was the building with the numbers on it from 3x06. On another trip to NYC I went to Roosevelt Island and took a picture of the bridge to Queens, which I liked a lot and set as my desktop background. It wasn't until a few days later that I noticed two industrial pipes near the bridge, which looked a lot like a scene from 5x12, and again it proved to be true.