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Really? They used the Flatiron as a stand in for City Hall?? That's bizarre because they don't have any resemblence in the least, on being a long squat ornate building and the other a tall thin relatively spartan one. Or do you mean that they used the exterior as a kind of ciy government office building? I never watched the program, so I really can't fathom how they would have used it, or whythey didn't use stock footage or newly-shot exteriors of the real City Hall. Beyond My Ken (talk) 18:38, 23 August 2012 (UTC)
- No, they didn’t indicate that the Flatiron building was City Hall, they just unintentionally made it seem like that to viewers who are not intimately familiar with New York City.
- The section mentions that various shows used shots of the Flatiron building in scene transitions, that is shots between scenes. On Spin City, they used shots of the Flatiron building between scenes very often (several times per episode).
- Because most shows use establishing shots of the location in which the show takes place for scene transitions (for example on Friends or Seinfeld they show shots of the buildings they live in), and because Spin City used shots of the Flatiron building so often, it is easy for anyone who does not know where the NYC City Hall actually is to become under the impression that the Flatiron building is it. Synetech (talk) 15:55, 24 August 2012 (UTC)
- Ah, so they were using the Flatiron as a kind of generic signpost saying "We're here in New York City", but did it so often that, in context, it seemed like it related to the subject matter/story line of the series. I actually noticed that after 9/11, the Flatiron Building got a lot more play as an iconic NYC structure, especially in commercials. Since I live in the area, I got used to seeing my neighborhood pretty frequently on TV. Best, Beyond My Ken (talk) 04:40, 25 August 2012 (UTC)
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