New film uses Bay Ridge as a stand-in for Hell’s Kitchen

Brooklyn has long been the backdrop for some classic motion pictures.

The romantic comedy “Moonstruck” was filmed in Brooklyn Heights, Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” featured scenes shot in Coney Island and near the Brooklyn Bridge, “Goodfellas” utilized locations in Bensonhurst, Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” was shot in Bedford-Stuyvesant and John Travolta’s iconic Tony Manero in 1977’s “Saturday Night Fever” lived and danced in Bay Ridge.

Apparently, now, the filmmakers of the new movie “The Kitchen” must think that Bay Ridge resembles New York’s Hell’s Kitchen during the 1970s.

They’ve been spotted at various locations in the neighborhood shooting the movie that stars Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss, Domhnall Gleeson, Tiffany Haddish and the rapper Common as an FBI agent.

The plot of the comedy-crime drama revolves around the wives of Irish mobsters who continue to operate their husbands’ rackets after the husbands have been arrested by the FBI and sent to prison. It’s based on DC Comics Vertigo graphic novels, and was written and directed by Andrea Berloff, who also wrote the award-winning film “Straight Outta Compton.”

For “The Kitchen,” vintage silver garbage cans lined the sidewalk between 92nd and 93rd Streets on Fourth Avenue this past weekend while storefronts had their names covered up with mock signage for the movie.

Nunzio-Lucy Hair Stylists at 9208 Fourth Ave. was transformed into Colleen’s Hair and Nail Salon.

There was also a vintage circa 1970 M11 bus with a West Village destination sign on its front parked in front of “Colleen’s.”

Filming also took place inside New Corner Restaurant at 7201 Eighth Avenue on Fri., Jan. 11.

The movie is set for release on Sept. 20.

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