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The King of Queens House

Oct 30th, 2009 | By | Category: TV Locations

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As mentioned in Wednesday’s post, I have many stalking adventures to share from the day my fiancé and I spent with fellow stalker Owen in New York City, including one that actually led us off the island of Manhattan and into the Garden State, aka New Jersey.  In all of my many trips to the Big Apple, I have only actually been off the island once and even then I only ventured as far as Brooklyn.  So, leaving Manhattan to head to an entirely different state was quite the stalking endeavor for me!  The location that led us to such uncharted territory, you ask?  The home where the Heffernans lived in the Kevin James/Leah Remini sitcom The King of Queens.  Owen had actually tracked down this location back in August, after what he described as “the longest, most headache-inducing search for a location that I’ve been through”.  LOL  Oh, I’ve so been there!!!  :)   Owen’s quest for The King of Queens house actually began ordinarily enough, with him contacting numerous people who had worked on the series, from production designers all the way up to the Vice President of Sony’s Media Relations!  Not kidding!  Unfortunately, they all came back with the exact same answer – they had absolutely no idea where the Heffernan house was located.  Owen certainly had his work cut out for him on this one.  I mean, if a production staff doesn’t even know where one of their filming sites is located, how are any of us stalkers ever supposed to find it???  One of the crew members did remember one pertinent piece of information, though. He said that the establishing shots of The King of Queens  house which were used throughout the series nine year run had been found in the Columbia Television (now Sony) Stock Footage Library shortly before the pilot first aired.  No one on The King of Queens staff knew who had taken the footage or what production it was originally used for and in the nine season run of the show, no one had ever come forward to claim the house as theirs. 

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For those not familiar with Hollywood lingo, stock footage, or archive footage as it is sometimes called, is basically a video image of a location that is not taken for a specific production, but is instead cataloged in a studio’s stock footage library to be used on an as-needed basis.  Footage that has actually been used in a specific production can also very well wind up in a stock footage library.  Using stock images ends up to be much cheaper for a production than actually sending a crew out to shoot establishing shots of each different locale needed for a particular show or movie.  So, in essence, footage originally shot for, oh say, a car commercial, may wind up being used regularly on a hit television series almost a decade later.  Which is pretty much exactly what happened with The King of Queens  house.  Anyway, once Owen found out that the images of the Heffernan house had been procured from the Sony Library, he went through the painstaking task of searching through all of Sony’s archives until he came across the right video.  But, amazingly enough, his quest didn’t end there!  All Owen was able to gather from locating the footage of the Heffernan house was that it had originally been shot in 1991 for use in a production entitled SIBS II.  Because he had never heard of SIBS II and because that production is not listed in the IMDB database, thought his search may have suddenly hit a brick wall.  Until an idea struck him.  Owen decided to rifle through some of the other stock footage that had been taken for the mysterious SIBS II production and eventually stumbled across this video, in which a clapboard with two crewmember’s names written on it was visible in the opening frames.  Employing a bit of internet savvy, Owen somehow managed to track down one of the crewmembers listed and sent him an email asking if he remembered the location of the Heffernan house.  Here is the crew member’s response, “You should work for the FBI.  I’d be delighted to answer your question, if I can find the info.  But hopefully you’ll be kind enough to answer mine: How in the hell did you find me?”  LOL LOL LOL 

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The shocked crew member said he had the address of the house written down in one of his files and promised to dig through them to find it.  As promised, just a few days later he emailed Owen with an address, FINALLY putting to rest the mystery of the Heffernan house location!  :)    And because Owen knew that I would be coming to New York just a few weeks after he had received the address, he promised to wait to stalk the house until I arrived.  YAY!  So, on October 2nd, Owen, my fiancé, and I ventured across the Hudson River to do some King of Queens stalking.   And, let me tell you, seeing the Heffernan house in person was extremely exciting, especially considering the long road that got us there!  

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A big THANK YOU to Owen for finding this location and for waiting to stalk it until I could join him!  :)

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Until next time, Happy Stalking! :)

Stalk It: The King of Queens  house is located at 519 Longview Avenue in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.  If you plan to take a cab ride from Manhattan to the Heffernan house, be forewarned, even though it is only about a ten mile ride, it will cost you upwards of $45!  Not kidding!!!!  I would suggest taking a bus there instead, as it is the much cheaper option. 

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  1. mike says:

    This is the exact house my grandparents owned in the late 30′s and early 40′s. I have a pic of my mom and aunts sitting on the stoop in 1940

  2. Taylor D says:

    HERE’S SOMETHING FUNNY… The WINDOWS on the house in the opening credits are on the left side. When they film IN THE HOUSE… the windows are on the right!! Hahaha… and I JUST NOW started watching this show! Wish I had watched it when it first aired. #NEW FAN

  3. j says:

    I know this is an old post and someone else might’ve told you already but this is the show (“Sibs”): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101196/ When I read your post, the name “Sibs” sounded vaguely familiar so I looked it up. Turns out the production company was Gracie Films and it featured Dan Castellaneta — both associated with “The Simpsons” and “The Tracey Ullman Show,” along with executive producers James L. Brooks and Sam Simon (and the creator, Heide Perlman). It was cancelled after its first season but resurrected a year later as a summer pilot renamed “Related by Birth” starring some of the original cast. The network passed on development, however. Ted Bessell was a producer and George Clinton supplied the theme music. Huh. Here’s the Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibs Anyway, thanks to your friend for his detective work. I love that sort of thing myself. Hey, here’s a commercial for it from 1991: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYheE76xc7c

  4. John says:

    Forgive me if this was already noted – in a Thanksgiving Day epidsode where the stranger shows up at the door and is made to wait out in the cold – Doug steps out on a porch to talk with the stranger. I see no porch in the photos. Of course, I understand with stock footage and sets, they most likely improvised. Still curious to me.

    • Joni Davis says:

      Yes, I’ve always wondered about the porch too. Do they even show it on the show in other episodes? I also remember the episode where they leave Arthur outside on the porch when no one shows up for his birthday party, if I remember correctly. I went to the Brady Bunch house in Encino, CA 2 yrs ago. Really cool. The driveway actually went back to a basketball hoop on the detached garage. We talked to the local mailman delivering mail in the neighborhood and he told us that there’s actually no staircase in the house as in the series. That was disappointing to learn but would still love to see inside the house!

  5. al says:

    The Scene after the train getting on to queens boro plaza station is located in Elmhurst Queens and Broadway.

  6. Marion says:

    I grew up in Cliffside Park and love the show King of Queens (also because I was born in Queens). I hope to get back to NJ and check out this House. How cool is that! Cliffside is really close to NYC, the GW Bridge is only 2-3 miles away but if you’re coming in from the Tunnel then it’s longer (10). There is nothing luck growing up in, from what I remember, a wonderful Town on the Hudson River. Also, parts of the movie Big with Tom Hanks was filmed in Cliffside Park near PS # 6 School. That was also a cute House.

  7. Lavenia Maynard says:

    I am a very big fan of King of Queens. I remember the house differently in the episode where a man with a patch stops by at Thanksgiving to use the phone because he is having car trouble. In this episode I think the man is standing out on a porch which this house does not have. This episode is not consistent with the images shown in other episodes. The whole gang got locked outside while the man robbed them. Does anyone else remember that episode?

  8. Passer By says:

    I am watching the show right now, where Arthur almost burnt the house down and they were thinking of moving him out. The house is not the same one!! The one on the show there is a window on both sides of the door. The space from Google’s maps show not enough space on the right hand side of the door to have a window. Also the rails for the front door on the show are brick, Google maps show they are metal, granted they can be changed but probably not since its more expensive to take the brick and replace it with cheaper metal rails. Sorry I do not mean to offend any home owners. Last in front of the window on the left side of the front door there is a small walkway where you can go up the front steps and make a left and see through the front window. That’s not visible from Google maps. The interior of the house there is a break in the wall extending it outside, that s a structural change that should be visible from the street.

    Other shots in the show they actually show the house from Google maps !! It’s two different houses, they were recording in, unless the inside was in a studio. If so then that’s a blooper, the inside of the house does not match the outside ;)

    Any ideas ?!!

    Thanks.

    • steve says:

      King of Queen’s was filmed in California, the interior shots are a set. The exterior establishing shot is of a house on Longview Avenue, establishing shots are just that, fictional. Just as the exterior of Jerry Seinfeld’s New York apartment on Seinfeld, have no connection with the actual set in California, where the show was filmed. Sit-coms have to be filmed on a sound-stage or a film studio, due to the lighting, sound, and so forth, they aren’t shot in real houses. Part of the illusion which is Hollywood, the exterior shot of the house in Cliffside Park is (as the article clearly states) simply old Sony film-stock.

    • Bob from Queens says:

      Hi Passer By,
      Browse some of the earlier (older comments). I even left a 2 minute tour I found on youtube of the soundstage they used for the show.


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