Last Post Of August: Don’t Stop

August 31st, 2009 by Kyle

Kyle here;

So for my last hurrah from New Jersey, I made a pilgrimage to Holsten’s in Bloomfield. It’s an old-fashioned neighborhood soda fountain and lunch place, and for those who aren’t in the know, this is where the final scene of The Sopranos was filmed.

We managed to park in only one try.

The place was a neighborhood institution even before the famous scene was filmed there – but obviously is even more so now.

The interior. The empty table in the center of the shot is where Tony sat in the scene.

The Tony table.

At the meat store across the street – but a very “New Jersey” sight.

David Chase mentioned that filming The Sopranos was a little difficult, because New Jersey had changed so much since he grew up there – richer, more gentrified, less authentic. Some vestiges of the old stuff – like Holsten’s – remain, but all too often he had to carefully position his shots in order to not have another ubiquitous, homogeneous chain Starbucks or a Whole Foods in there somewhere. As someone who grew up in New Jersey in the 70s and 80s, I can attest that this is absolutely true. If you ask me whether New Jersey is really like what you see in The Sopranos, I’d have to say that it was… when I was growing up, in times that I suppose are getting to be a while ago now.

You can’t go home again, so they say – and I guess it’s true.

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