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'The Mysteries of Laura' walking tour of NYC

As a New Yorker, one of the most enjoyable aspects of The Mysteries of Laura is recognizing the many locations featured in the show. Not only is the show filmed on location, but the writers have successfully managed to incorporate this beloved, iconic city into each mystery so that it feels like an additional character and not just another backdrop. Every Mysteries of Laura location is an engaging, integral part of the mystery itself. Whether you are a tourist, fan of the show, or native New Yorker looking for new ways to appreciate the city, here is a walking tour of the hot spots frequented by your new favorite detectives.


Brooklyn Bridge Park is where Laura chases down a perp in the exciting opening sequence of The Mysteries of Laura‘s first episode. This popular tourist and local hangout spot offers one of the most breathtaking views of the city skyline. You can also enjoy the view while riding the enormous waterfront carousel. You can take great photos and selfies by the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge, both of which have appeared in countless other movies and television shows. Check out the different classes and events happening on the piers or visit the restored warehouses, where the refurbished industrial brick buildings are now home to unique shops and restaurants. Remember to walk back across the Brooklyn Bridge.

“The Mystery of the Art Ace”

Wander around the newly renovated Meatpacking District to browse the spacious art galleries or take a stroll along the High Line, the elevated walkway along Manhattan’s West Side from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street (between 10th and 12th avenues). The High Line features live events, tours, public dance parties, art shows, performances, and family-friendly activities. Don’t forget to grab some delicious food from the vendors inside the Chelsea Market on Ninth Avenue (between 15th and 16th streets). Grab a plate of yummy dumplings or noodles at one of the restaurants in Little Korea (West 32nd Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues). Looking for a different view of the city? Use your MetroCard to take the Roosevelt Island aerial tramway (60th Street and Second Avenue station), the Red Bus, or the F train to visit the Four Freedoms Park, where Laura’s dad Leo plays chess.

“The Mystery of the Red Runway” and “The Mystery of the Dead Date”

Looking for fun holiday presents? A chance to enjoy a beloved but ignored childhood pastime? Skip Herald Square and head a few blocks east toward Bryant Park (between 40th and 42nd streets, and Fifth and Sixth avenues), once home to New York Fashion Week. Enjoy the outdoor library or various game stations, or simply catch up with friends along the north side of the park. At this time of year, you can shop the kiosks of local merchants at the Winter Village or rent a pair of ice skates at The Rink. If there’s one thing Laura really likes, it is enjoying a tasty snack. Stop by one of the many food vendors along the rink and take a break from the busy scene in the Skating Pavilion. If you don’t mind the crowds, walk a few more blocks north to Times Square. Need a change of pace? Take the N or R train to Prince Street to shop in SoHo. If you continue to walk south along Broadway, you can try to score a few inexpensive designer knockoffs along the Canal Street markets.

“The Mystery of the Terminal Tenant”

Whether you are an aspiring creative type or someone who enjoys people watching, the West Village and Washington Square Park are great hangout spots. For the more daring, head outside of Manhattan by hopping on the Long Island Railroad for a day trip to Rockaway Beach.

“The Mystery of the Mobile Murder”

Laura and Billy crash a beauty convention at the fictional Reeding Hotel located downtown. If you look closely behind Laura while she’s questioning suspects, you can see that she is standing on Vesey Street in the Financial District. If you walk a few blocks south, you can visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Hail a taxi for a short cab ride east across town to the South Street Seaport.

The Mysteries of Laura airs Wednesdays at 8/7C on NBC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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