The Picturesque Shoreline Cottage

This lovely waterfront Victorian Gothic cottage features spectacular, panoramic views, stretching from Manhattan to the Verrazano Bridge. View this house straight-on and it looks like it might be located in a Southern village, but when you turn around get ready for a shock; you’ll see a sandy beach with Manhattan in the distance. The home features dormer windows, scalloped valances, and a vine covered piazza. This romantic cottage is the ideal backdrop for shoots and events.

Square footage: Exterior usage only. 1 acre.

Amenities/Details:

  • Parking on the property and street for trailers and cars
  • Waterfront
  • Views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Verrazano Bridge
  • Plenty of open space for event tents

The Painted Lady Victorian

This stately Victorian used to be the home of a brick baron. Oddly enough, he built his own home with wood and not brick. The exterior of this grand mansion has been meticulously painted in a variety of historic colors. The lookout tower has 360 degree views of Staten Island and Raritan Bay. There are elegant wallpapers, formal curtains, grand fireplaces, and sumptuous embossed leather walls in the entrance hall. The large property has plenty of parking and a small pond.

Square footage: 6,000 (Bedrooms, living rooms, hallways, kitchen, bathrooms, basement)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Pond
  • Wrap around porch
  • Parking

The Ephemera House

An enormous pine tree looms up in front of the brown, shingled tower of this handsome home. Step up the porch steps and step back in time. Place your fedora hat on the hall rack and gaze at the 1930’s – 1940’s glamorous oil portraits gracing the staircase wall. Victorian settees, antique wallpaper, and ephemera can be found in every corner and on every wall.

Square footage: 3,000 interior, corner lot with a small yard (Parlor, bedroom, 2 children’s bedrooms, dining room, kitchen, sunroom, bathrooms)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Parking on the property and street for trailers and cars

The Italian Restaurant

This restaurant is a beloved Staten Island favorite, so it’s no wonder that, on any given day, one can find Vinny, the owner and head chef, greeting his regulars. (Vinny catered my wedding, so as far as I’m concerned, we’re family). The Italian restaurant and bakery has tin ceilings, bistro seating, bakery cases, a large commercial kitchen, and large plate glass doors that open to the sidewalk. For shoots: These floor-to-ceiling windows are perfect for some mobster to be pushed through and the creepy basement would be great for a murder. For events: This place is pretty and cozy and perfect for a bridal or baby shower.

Square footage: 3,500
Location: Staten Island, New York City

Amenities/Details:

  • Full commercial kitchen
  • Delicious Italian food and desserts
  • Storage basement
  • Full commercial kitchen (not pictured)

The Balcony Building

This imposing Greek Revival building looks like a bank, city office, courthouse, or college building. Currently, it houses a dusty, dark museum. The decorative paintings on the balcony walls are nautical in content. The first floor is a stately museum with large gallery rooms filled with historical portraits, vases, and ephemera. The second floor has many decrepit rooms with peeling paint and water damage. There are separate rooms filled to the brim with Christmas decorations, art, knick-knacks, clothing, old filing cabinets, old wooden chairs, and a shower stall.

Square footage: 5,000 interior, 83 acres

Amenities/Details:

  • Some of the props and furniture in the pictures may be available for use, the art may require special clearances and restrictions
  • Parking on the grounds for trailers and cars

An Old Town

An Old Town is a collection of architecturally significant 19th century buildings set in a park. The property includes 26 Greek revival, beaux arts, Italianate and Victorian style buildings. The buildings are set in extensive, landscaped grounds, surrounded by a nineteenth century cast iron fence. There is a brick music hall, a church, a catering hall, a building that looks like a Victorian train station, a greenhouse, gardens, ponds, fountains, museums, statues, follies, dirt roads, and much more. The beauty of this place is that it is sleepy and underutilized so it is perfect for a film or photo shoot.

Square footage: 26 Buildings of varying sizes, 83 acres

Amenities/Details:

  • Some of the props and furniture in the pictures may be available for use, the art may require special clearances and restrictions
  • Parking on the grounds for trailers and cars
  • 850 seat music hall
  • Catering hall

The Lofty Gallery

Are you looking for a quintessential NYC loft but sick of trying to shoot in Manhattan? Look no further, The Lofty Gallery is for you. This art gallery cum loft has soaring ceilings, huge windows, white walls, and some columns. The bonus features are working pocket doors, long white-windowed corridors, and large bathrooms.

Square footage: 15,000 square feet (most areas are modern and white, but some are older-looking)

Amenities/Details:

  • The art may require special clearances; restrictions may apply to its usage
  • Parking on the grounds for trailers and cars
  • The art can be de-installed temporarily

The Modernish

The Modernish is a two-story brick home set on a tree-lined suburban street. Two architects live here, which means the interior design choices are excellent. The furniture and décor are stylish and modern, and the kitchen is sleek and cleanly designed.

Square footage: 2,500

Amenities/Details:

  • Full kitchen
  • Garage with driveway
  • Free parking on the street
  • Suburban yard
  • A child’s room and toys

The Chinese Garden House

This glorious house, with its three koi ponds, waterfall, bridges, and rock formations, is incredibly calming and meditative. The design of the garden produces harmony through its views and concepts, and it creates an infinite space within an enclosed area. This authentic, impeccably maintained Chinese garden and house is a sheer delight. The fish are also very friendly; they look right at you and follow you around the perimeter of the pond.

Square footage: 5,000 square feet, 68 acres (mostly outdoors, but there are also two indoor pavilion rooms)

Amenities/Details:

  • Wedding friendly
  • Parking on the grounds for trailers and cars
  • Ponds with koi fish
  • A catering deck, catering tents
  • Heated indoor bathroom stalls

The Brick Cottage Victorian

This adorable row of mansard roof Victorians were once sailor housing for sailors. They all have cozy fireplace hearths, large windows, slate tiles, and roomy porches. They are set in a lovely park-like environment.

Square footage: 1,500 per house, 83 acres

Amenities/Details:

  • Some of the props and furniture in the pictures may be available for use, the art may require special clearances and restrictions
  • Parking on the grounds for trailers and cars
  • Catering hall on the grounds