Almost 20 years ago The King of Queens premiered on the US channel CBS. Of course many locations have changed in all this time, others still look like in the series, but see for yourself.
King of Queens is set in the New York district of Queens. Some locations are actually there, others are in the neighboring state of New Jersey, many were shot in the studio as usual.
The house of the Heffernans
The house of Doug and Carrie should be known to every King of Queens fan at least from the intro. What many people don’t know is that the house is neither in Queens, nor it is the only house. But now from the beginning: In the run of the series the alleged address (3121 Aberdeen Road, Queens, NY, USA) is mentioned several times, but those who search for the house there will be disappointed. The house that can be seen in the intro is not in Queens, not even in New York, it is in New Jersey, to be exact in 519 Longview Ave, Cliffside Park, NJ, USA. But the house is not the only one. In some scenes the house has a veranda, but the house in New Jersey and in the trailer doesn’t. At a closer look there are clearly different houses. Unfortunately I could only find the house from the intro, probably the other versions of the house don’t exist at all and were shot in the studio, especially since these scenes mostly take place on the veranda or in front of the house, this is most likely. The difference is clearly visible in the inner floor plan of the house, so the front door is in the middle (to the right and to the left there are windows), but in the picture below you can clearly see that the door is on the right side and there are no windows next to it anymore.
Getting there from New York City is very easy. The best way is to take the NJ Transit public bus from the Port Authority Bus Station at 8th Street near Times Square. You can take the lines 154 (exit Bergen Blvd at Edgewater Ave), 159 (exit Anderson Ave at Edgewater Rd) or 156 (exit Palisade Ave at Edgewater Rd). The subway ticket of the MTA is not valid there, the ticket costs $4.50 per way in zone 3. The ticket can be purchased at the ticket machine or at the counter.
In how many episodes does the Cooper’s appear? In very many! After the house of the Heffernans this might be the second most famous place in the King of Queens world. The bar actually exists, unfortunately it has changed hands in the meantime and is now an Irish bar called Yer Man’s Irish Pub. At first sight you would hardly recognize it as the legendary Cooper’s, instead of the faded green, the bar now shines in a bright red. Still, that’s the Cooper’s.
The Cooper’s in 7026 88th St, Flushing, NY, USA
The easiest way to get to the Cooper’s from Manhattan is by QM15 express bus. This bus is not included in the regular ticket, so you can also take the subway. The E, F, M and R trains go to Roosevelt Av – Jackson Heights and from there the Q47 bus to Cooper Av/81 St.
The Lemon Ice King of Corona
Also from the intro: the legendary Lemon Ice King of Corona. Doug and Carrie buy themselves a water ice there and Doug drops his right away, who doesn’t know this scene. The good news: The ice cream shop actually exists and still looks like in the pilot 1998. The Lemon Ice King of Corono has been around since 1944 by the way.
The ice cream doesn’t taste bad, by the way, but it’ s really not Italian. But I can recommend the strawberry ice in any case.
You can reach the ice cream shop relatively easily by using the queens bound 7 train and get off at 103 St-Corona Plaza Station. If you are well on foot, you can walk from there to 108th Street and then walk down to 52th Street (about 0.7 miles). Alternatively, you can take the Q23 bus from the subway station to the bus stop directly in front of the store (108 St/Corona Av).
The IPS depot
The depot of the International Parcel Sservice where Doug, Deacon and later Danny work is usually not described in detail. If the grey steel door which Doug uses to flee from Carrie really exists is unknown to me. Also here it would be very conceivable that these scenes were shot in the studio in L.A.. But what you can find is the building that was used for the exterior view of the IPS depot. However, it is not a warehouse, but in reality a garage of the US mobile phone operator Verizon. It’s not in Queens either, but not far away from there in Brooklyn.
The IPS depot in 5487 Foster Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA
The apartment of Spencer and Danny
The exterior view of the building is more often visible. By the way, the house is really in Queens.
Spencer and Danny’s apartment in 95-24 Queens Blvd, Rego Park, NY, USA
The apartment of Deacon and Kelly
Only 1 1/2 miles away from Spencer and Danny’s apartment live Deacon and Kelly. Also this exterior view might seem familiar to many.
Deacon and Kelly’s apartment in 5 72nd Ave, Forest Hills, NY, USA
More known scenes from the intro
The only thing missing is the IPS truck that goes under the bridge…
Bridge of Subway Station 111th St, Corona, NY, USA
Also this picture should look familiar to some of you. Unfortunately I don’t have any rights to display the picture here, but you can simply click on the following picture, then you can view the picture on NYCSubway.org.
And of course the big globe, the so-called Unisphere, a remnant of the 1964 World Exposition in NYC. The Unisphere is in the Flushing Meadows Park in Queens. In the intro of the series the park is still green, clean, busy and the fountains are in operation. Today the park is quite neglected and run down. The fountains are almost all out of order, youth lations use the dried out fountains for skating and soccer.
Not everything recognized?
No problem, here is the intro of King of Queens again: