In the scene, an abducted Jack Bauer is on his knees, about to be terminated with prejudice, when the President calls in and stops the execution at the last moment. Jack, wounded and bleeding, staggers off down a New York street, pausing to look up at the CTU spy satellite watching him - to say a final goodbye to Chloe.
So, you might imagine that they filmed that scene in New York, right? After all, there's that Manhattan skyline visible in the background, not to mention that giant bridge...
Well, you'd be half right.
This scene was the ultimate
bicoastal mashup, merging an actual New York location with an actual Los Angeles
location to give us the hybrid street we saw.
The bridge? That's very real. It's the Williamsburg Bridge, in NYC.
It spans the East River, connecting
lower Manhattan with Brooklyn. This is the east/Brooklyn end.
The buildings on the left side of the street, and the street where the van first pulls up? That's also real.
It's south 5th Street, to be exact, near the intersection of 5th Street & Kent Avenue, in Brooklyn.
That nearby building on the
left side, for instance (under the bridge) is the back of a building with
the address of 17 S. 6th Street, in Brooklyn. The peak-roofed
one (farther back on the left) is 352 Kent Ave., and the tall, dark building
on the right side, appears to be 350 Kent Ave.
But look again at those buildings on the right side. Look carefully at the low buildings closer to the camera, on the right side. Where the gate is topped with the razor wire.
Compare them with the Google StreetView of that same street, and you'll notice that something's not right. Those buildings on the right side, where they drive the van in the gate, just don't match what's really on that side of 5th Street. [Be patient with these StreetView panoramas. They take a few seconds to load.]
You guessed it. It's a fake.
Those buildings on the right side are actually in Los Angeles, and they used CGI to blend them into that New York street scene.
To be exact, those buildings can be found on the north side of Mesquit Street, just east of Santa Fe Ave, in the warehouse district of downtown Los Angeles (with the camera looking northwest).
Here's a Google StreetView of the street and that gate (complete with razor wire).
( By the way,
those L.A. buildings that we see are the south side of the oft-photographed
BASF warehouse complex. The official address is 590 S. Santa Fe Ave. It
was also used recently in two scenes from season 4 of "Dexter"
-- as an old boxing gym, and as
a bar. )
The scenes of Jack on his knees, about to get shot, were filmed in L.A., just inside that gate on Mesquit Street.
You can even see the identical graffiti on the buildings on Google StreetView.
Interestingly enough, there
IS a large bridge just to the left of that Mesquit alleyway/street, but
it's not (of course) the Williamsburg bridge, it's the 6th Street
bridge in downtown Los Angeles. It's never actually shown in the shot.
When Jack runs away (seen in the photo above), he is running east up Mesquit Street (in L.A.), as he stops and turns to look up at the satellite watching him, to say goodbye to Chloe in that final shot.
Here's a matching Google StreetView.
Only that old, dark, tall brick
building (to the left side) is really in New York. The others are in L.A..
So, how about that New York skyline in the distance?
Fake. The Manhattan skyline isn't visible from that particular point on 5th Street, and it certainly isn't visible from L.A. They inserted the N.Y. skyline later, behind the L.A. location.
They blended all of this together,
very convincingly, to give us the hybrid street we saw in that final shot.
(Goodbye Jack. We'll miss you.)
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