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“Do You Want To Go To Jail? I Meant That Guy!”

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Another filming location I have been absolutely obsessed with finding for YEARS is the New York restaurant where Jenna hit on the 13 year old boy in fave romantic comedy 13 Going On 30.  Ever since the movie was released four years ago I have been searching New York City streets hoping to find the restaurant featured in the movie, but having absolutely no luck.  And then, just before I left on my recent New York vacation, a light bulb went off in my head and I honestly don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner!  I enlisted master stalker Mike, from MovieShotsLA, to help me find the location.  And sure enough he did!

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Literally less than ten minutes after challenging Mike to find the restaurant’s location, he sent me an email with the above photo!  And I just about fell off my chair.  Here I had been searching for this location for FOUR YEARS, even resorting to walking up and down New York streets, screen captures in hand, trying to find it, and he locates it in the space of ten minutes!  The man has a gift!

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It turns out that the 13 Going On 30  restaurant isn’t actually a restaurant at all, but a clothing store named Phi Boutique  located on a cobblestone street in SoHo’s Cast Iron Historic District.  My initial thought was that maybe a restaurant occupied Phi’s space back in 2003 when the filming of 13 Going On 30 took place, but after speaking to a Phi saleswoman earlier today I learned that that wasn’t actually the case.  Before Phi took over the space at 71 Greene Street in 2004, it was occupied by clothing boutique Vivienne Westwood.  Since no restaurant was ever located on the premises, my best guess is that 13 Going On 30  used the vacant storefront for filming in late 2003 during the interim after Vivienne Westwood moved out and before Phi moved in, and that the restaurant’s interiors were shot somewhere else entirely (possibly even in Los Angeles).  Finding the restaurant’s interior is my next mission for Mike!   🙂

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The Cast Iron Historic District is an architecturally and historically significant area of New York’s SoHo neighborhood.  The Cast Iron District boasts over 250 buildings erected out of cast iron, making it the largest concentration of cast iron buildings in the entire world.  All of the historic buildings were constructed between the years 1869 and 1895, when cast iron was considered the cheapest and easiest-to-use building material.   At the time, different architectural designs were cast in iron inside of a warehouse and later secured into place on building facades creating an architecturally beautiful and diverse area of New York.  The building that Jenna’s hockey player boyfriend stands in front of while signing autographs in 13 Going On 30  is considered by some to be the most brilliant example of cast iron architecture in the city.  The building is known as the “King of Greene Street” and was built in 1872 by cast iron craftsman Isaac F. Duckworth.  It was originally designed as a dry goods warehouse for successful merchant Gardner Colby and now is home to an antique store and art gallery.

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Even though there is no 13 Going On 30  restaurant to stalk on Greene Street, I highly recommend visiting the area anyway.  With its cobblestone streets and historical buildings, it really is an adorable area of New York.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!

Stalk It: The exterior of the restaurant from 13 Going On 30  is really the storefront of Phi Boutique located at 71 Greene Street in New York’s SoHo neighborhood.  Jenna meets Matt’s fiance just next door to Phi, outside of the building located at 69 Greene Street.  And Jenna’s hockey player boyfriend, Alex Carlson, signs autographs across the street in front of 70 Greene Street.

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Think Pink!

I must bow down right now to Mike over at MovieShotsLA  as yesterday he found a house that I have spent many unsuccessful hours over the past two years looking for – Jenna’s pink dream house from the last scene of my fave movie 13 Going On 30.  Mike said he had a hunch about the area the home was in and found it by looking at aerial shots of streets in that neighborhood.  I am forever grateful!  Literally, as SOON as he gave me the address yesterday, I rushed out of my house and headed over to South Pasadena to stalk the home.  For this particular stalking trip I had to drag my dad along as my boyfriend was at work. 

Jenna’s pink house is, of course, no longer pink – it was only painted pink for the movie.  It is A LOT bigger in person than it seemed on screen, but otherwise is completely recognizable from the movie.  Jenna and Matt move into this house at the very end of 13 Going On 30, and the final scene is them sitting on their couch in the front yard of the home with a moving van in the driveway.  I cannot tell you how excited I was to finally be there as this was one location I honestly thought I’d never find.  Thank you, Mike!!

While my dad and I were stalking the house, a super nice neighbor came home and filled us in on all sorts of filming information about his street.  He told us that Jennifer Garner wasn’t as friendly as one would expect and that she had a big bodyguard who kept fans away the entire time they were filming.  He also told us that the Kelly Clarkson video for Because Of You  was filmed just across the street from the 13 Going On 30  house.  That home is pictured on the left.  He said that Kelly Clarkson could not have been nicer and that even after a really long day of filming, she stuck around for about 40 minutes to sign autographs for all of the neighborhood kids.  He said she literally stayed until every last autograph was signed.  You can watch the Because Of You  video here.

Until next time, Happy Stalking! 🙂

Stalk It:  The 13 Going On 30  house is located at 1965 Fletcher Avenue in South Pasadena.  The Because Of You house is across the street at 2006 Fletcher.  These houses are very close to the other houses  used in 13 Going On 30.

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Sydney Bristow’s Apartment

img_1962.jpgAlthough I am not a big Alias fan – never seen an episode, actually – I know most of America was pretty obsessed with it.  And I do love me some Jennifer Garner.  So when I found the address of Sydney’s Bristow’s apartment in my fave stalking book, I, of course, had to stalk it.

img_1963.jpgSydney Bristow lived in a very cute Spanish style apartment building called the El Cadiz in Hollywood.  It was built in 1936 and definitely evokes a feeling of Old Hollywood.  The El Cadiz is also a City of Los Angeles declared Historic-Cultural Monument. 

Now that I have stalked Alias, I think I am going to have to go rent me the first season on DVD, so I can see what all the fuss is about.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It:  Sydney Bristow lived in the El Cadiz apartments located at 1731 N. Sycamore Avenue in Hollywood, just a half a block north of Hollywood Boulevard and a few short blocks from the Hollywood and Highland Center.  In 1970, Janis Joplin died of a drug overdose just a half a block from the El Cadiz at the Highland Gardens Hotel, which can be found at 7047 Franklin Avenue. 

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30 Going On 13

If someone asked me what movie most closely resembles my life, I would have to say 13 Going On 30.   I am definitely a child of the 80s, I still dress like a 13 year old most of the time, and I’ve been known to do the Thriller Dance at a few parties, so it’s only natural that I would be slightly obsessed with the movie 13 Going On 30.  While most of the filming locations for the movie are located in Manhattan, a few of them can be found right here in LA.

 Jenna and Matt’s housesIf you are as obsessed with 13 Going On 30 as I am, you’ll remember the scene in the movie when adult Jenna first shows up at Matt’s apartment and says “I don’t know if you’re him, but if you lived on Spruce Street and your favorite shirt is the grey velour one .  .  .”  Well, Jenna and Matt’s houses really can be found on Spruce Street – only they are in South Pasadena, not New Jersey.  Jenna’s house has been painted and looks a bit different, but you will recognize them immediately when you see them. 

Jenna’s houseThis location was extremely easy to find.  I just happened to be getting my nails done one day in South Pasadena and the woman next to me was talking about how her home had been used in a Jennifer Garner movie.  I almost flipped out when I heard it was 13 Going On 30 and I begged her to tell me all of the scoop about the filming.  She told me that the producers also used the inside of her home – and they even used her real bed and bedding in the scene where Jenna crawls into bed with her parents.  She was even nice enough to tell me where her house was and I went to find it just as soon as my nails were dry! 

Intersection of Mission and MeridianAnother 13 Going On 30 location is located just a few blocks away at the intersection of Mission and Meridian at the train tracks.  This is the spot where adult Jenna jumps out of Matt Grandy’s taxi cab and rushes to stop Matt’s wedding.  This location was easy to figure out – I recognized it the first time I saw the movie. 

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Halloween HouseIf you turn directly around from this location and look behind you, you will see another filming location – Michael Meyer’s house from the original Halloween movie.  The home has definitely been given a face lift and is not nearly as run down as it was back in Michael Meyer’s day, but it is still definitely recognizable.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!

 Stalk It:  Jenna’s and Matt’s houses are located at 1839 and 1837 Spruce Street, respectively.  Spruce Street is just one street north of Huntington Drive in South Pasadena.  Once you’ve stalked those houses, just drive north to Mission Street, turn left and drive to Meridian to see the intersection where Jenna ditches Chris Grandy.  The Halloween house is located at 1000 Mission Street.  After you’re done stalking, grab a coffee or a Fosselman’s ice cream at Buster’s Ice Cream Shop at 1006 Mission St. – all that stalking does work up an appetite!

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