I was in the Alamo watching “The Girl on the Train” last weekend when I spotted something very familiar in every scene: Westchester. The suspense/thriller, which follows alcoholic Rachel Watson as she copes with her recent divorce, was filmed in Irvington, Hastings, Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry. One of the pivotal scenes takes place inside the Station Road railroad tunnel in Irvington. I stopped to snap a picture of it the other day on my way home from the Irvington Farmer’s Market.
The film isn’t the only show to be filmed in this picturesque county we call home. Sarah Jessica Parker’s new HBO drama “Divorce” is set at a gorgeous front-porch colonial on a dead-end street in Hastings, with frozen patches of the Hudson River in the background. There are shots of SJP all over the Rivertowns: in an empty gallery space in Tarrytown, walking past Saint George Bistro and Maud’s Tavern in Hastings.
The previous season of “The Affair” was filmed outside of charming Harper’s restaurant in Dobbs Ferry, while Noah, one of the main protagonists, set up in a historic old building across from The Cookery for a fictional book signing. Many other moments from the season took place in Cold Spring, 30 minutes to the north.
LoHud.com reports that “Madame Secretary” is filming in downtown White Plains, while “Billions” is filming at City Hall in White Plains, The Brazen Fox in White Plains and Kelly’s Sea Level restaurant in Rye.
Also, last week, Lohud.com reported that Richard Gere is filming a movie at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville called “The Three Christs of Ypsilanti.”
You see, this is why you live here: It’s a beautiful backdrop to real (and fictional) life.