Firehouse, Hook & Ladder Company 8

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Coordinates: 40°43′11″N 74°00′24″W / 40.7196°N 74.0066°W / 40.7196; -74.0066 (Hook & Ladder Company 8 ("Ghostbusters" firehouse))

Firehouse, Hook & Ladder Company 8
Hook & Ladder No. 8's firehouse
Hook & Ladder No. 8's firehouse
General information
Address14 North Moore Street, Tribeca
Town or cityManhattan, New York City, New York
CountryUnited States
Opened1903
The building's main gate, with a fire truck inside
The Ghostbusters logo from the second film hanging on the wall

Firehouse, Hook & Ladder Company 8 is a New York City Fire Department (FDNY) fire station, located at 14 North Moore Street at its intersection with Varick Street in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Its exterior has become famous as the base of the Ghostbusters in the supernatural comedy film franchise of the same name.

History[edit]

The firehouse was built in 1903 after the establishment of the FDNY as the base of the formerly independent Hook and Ladder fire company no. 8. The building was designed as the first of a series of Beaux-Arts style firehouses by the city superintendent of buildings, Alexander H. Stevens. The building, which originally had two vehicle doors, was halved in size in 1913 after Varick Street was widened.[1]

The firefighters of Hook & Ladder No. 8 were among the first responders to the September 11, 2001, attacks.[2] In 2011, the firehouse was threatened with closure after the city administration planned to close 20 fire companies to save money.[3] But after a public campaign to save it, supported by the later Mayor Bill de Blasio and actor Steve Buscemi (the latter a trained New York City firefighter from 1980 to 1984),[4] the firehouse remains in service.[1] From 2016 to 2018, it is subject to a renovation costing $6 million.[5]

Filming location[edit]

The firehouse was selected as the base of the "Ghostbusters" for the 1984 film after an early draft of the script envisaged the Ghostbusters as a public service much like the fire department.[1] Reportedly, the firehouse was chosen because writer Dan Aykroyd knew the area and liked the building. While the firehouse served as the set for exterior scenes, the interior of the Ghostbusters base was shot in a Los Angeles studio, and in Fire Station No. 23, a decommissioned Los Angeles firehouse.[2]

In the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters, the firehouse makes two appearances.

The firehouse has also appeared in the 2005 film Hitch and in an episode of the television series Seinfeld.[2] In 2015, Lego announced a 4,634 piece "Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters" set based on the building, released in January 2016. It is the third largest set ever made by Lego.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Grundhauser, Eric (9 December 2015). "The Tribeca Fire Station That Got a Starring Role in Ghostbusters". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "New York: The Ghostbusters firehouse". The A.V. Club. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  3. ^ Cangeloso, Sal (20 May 2011). "Ghostbusters firehouse could be closed by NYC budget cuts". Geek.com. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  4. ^ Shapiro, Julie (24 July 2011). "Residents Rally to Save the 'Ghostbusters' Firehouse". DNA Info. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  5. ^ Puglise, Nicole (13 July 2016). "Original Ghostbusters firehouse gets a new feature: a women's bathroom". the Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  6. ^ Johnson, Charity (28 October 2015). "Here's Your First Look At The Official Lego Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters Due In Stores In January 2016". Tech Times. Retrieved 13 December 2015.

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