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Photo: Samuel Bristow
Published July 9, 2008
The Royal Tenenbaums is Wes Anderson’s visual love letter to New York. Though never explicitly named, the film presents a stunningly constructed pastiche of the quirky, the kitschy and the dreamy details that make this city so magical. Spend a day following the Scout trail and visit five stops that magnify the innocuous beauty of New York through the Anderson lens.
Even though the pink T pennant no longer flies at the peak of the oxidized copper spire, the Tenenbaum’s urban mansion, nestled on the corner of a tree-lined Harlem street, is unmistakable. And, if you’re feeling sentimental, pour a little out for Buckley when rounding the corner of W 144th. RIP buddy.
Gino, an old-school restaurant that first opened in 1945, is where Wes Anderson first spotted the fantastic zebra-print wallpaper, which appears in Margo’s room on the 3rd floor. Keen-eyed visitors will notice that one of Gino’s zebras is missing a stripe. Alas, when the pattern was recently reissued by manufacturer Scalamadre, the imperfection was corrected.
Wardrobe has always been a meticulous undertaking in all of Wes Anderson’s films, and Anderson himself has blurred the line between costume and fashion. Mr. Ned is where the magic happens. A “speakeasy” tailor inside an unmarked loft in Chelsea, Mr. Ned owner Vahram Mateosian was commissioned to construct all the suits for the Royal Tenenbaums costume department, as well as for Anderson’s own closet.
*By appointment only
Although Serendipity 3 is not the actual location of the tenuous confrontation between Royal and Margot, we still suggest you visit this old-timey cafe, where you can sit at an old-timey wrought iron table, order a classic butterscotch sundae, and wonder whether or not your father knows your middle name.