Our favorite film location scout is at it again, rounding up misleading facades and fake storefronts that belie what lies behind. Speakeasy-style bars are the most common establishment to use this wily tactic?case in point, the faux toy store signage at 102 Norfolk Street (pictured above), whose "deliveries this way" sign leads to a bar called The Back Room.
On curved Doyers Street in Chinatown, a fictional apothecary, complete with dusty-looking glass bottles on shelves, hides chi-chi bar Apotheke. Their misleading storefront used to be a Chinese restaurant with an old-school sign, so maybe they like to change up their outer appearance to mix things up a bit.
Last but not least, this house on Joralemon Street looks like its neighbors... but for the blacked-out windows and unusual door. That's because number 58 is actually owned by the MTA, and it is home to a subway ventilator and emergency exit for the subway tunnel below. Weird, huh? It's not alone; other cities have townhouses with some hidden secrets. Know any ones Scouting NY missed? Leave them in the comments section.
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