Filming in the Subway Adds Touch of Authenticity to Local Productions

Nothing embodies New York City more than an authentic subway car.

MTA NYC Transit offers an invaluable resource to the film and television industry, which is especially hot in New York City right now. The responsibility of overseeing television and motion picture filming on Transit property falls to the Film and Special Events Unit of the Department of Corporate Communications.

Alberteen Anderson, director of the unit, handles the needs of scores of production companies annually, helping them with everything from site scouting and logistics to choosing a specific type of subway car.

Anderson's unit has catalogued an impressive list of film-friendly stations and lines. One popular location is the Grand Central Shuttle during the off hours and another is the station at Wall and Broad Streets, in the financial district. The exteriors of elevated stations are also popular locations. Locations throughout the system have provided the backdrop for key scenes of recent episodes of the highly-rated cop show Blue Bloods (photo courtesy of CBS Broadcasting), along with The Good Wife and The Rookies.

"A major reason subway scenes are included in many movies filmed in New York City is to add a genuine feel of a city that pretty much lives as a result of its subway system," explained Anderson. "And if you're filming a television show here, subway scenes are a must."

Other productions filmed on Transit property include:

  • "The Honeymooners"
  • "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3"
  • "The Cowboy Way"
  • "Wall Street-Money Never Sleeps"
  • "Rent"
  • "Shame"
  • "Tower Heist"
  • "Ray"
  • "Sex and the City" (The bus stops)
  • "Spiderman"
  • "Sitter"
  • "MIB 3" (Bus Stops)
  • "Fighters"
  • "Righteous Kill"
  • "Maid in Manhattan"
  • "Mildred Pierce" (Bus Stop)
  • "Premium Rush" (Bus Stops)
  • "Too Big To Fail"
  • "Man on a Ledge"
  • "W.E"
  • "Arthur"
  • "Generation UM"