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Shot On Site - Zoolander Gas Station Steps From Firehouse

 By Paul Rudoff on May. 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Filming Locations , Tags:

It's been a while since we've done a Shot on Site article here, mainly because most of the Ghostbusters filming locations have already been identified, and what remains may be near impossible to find. Today's location is a Ghostbusters location in another movie, yet is isn't a Ghostbusters location. Thanks to Matthew Jordan, as always, for noticing this. Way back in 2001, Ben Stiller wrote, directed, and starred in a little movie called "Zoolander". Maybe you've heard of it. Maybe you haven't. I finally saw this movie a few years ago after having no desire to see it for such a long time. The ads always made it look so stupid, but after seeing it, I realized that it's *supposed* to be stupid! :-)

Anyway, one of the key scenes involves Zoolander's friends having a gas fight (but not involving flatulence). In a bit of irony, the gas station where Zoolander's friends explode - never play with gasoline, kids - is across the street from the New York firehouse. More specifically, it was in what used to be an empty lot across the street, at the corner of North Moore Street and West Broadway. (All movie shots can be enlarged)


We have to use Google Maps' street view to time travel all the way back to April 2009 to see the location as an empty lot, much like it was back in 2001 when the "Zoolander" crew put their fake gas station there. (By August 2012, a real building was built in the spot.)


You can even glimpse a few of the firehouse bricks in one shot (circled).


And here's what that looks like in April 2009 via Google Maps.


In addition to that glimpse of the firehouse, the street that Louis wandered down after the containment unit exploded in the first film, White Street, is seen in the background of a few shots.



And here's what that looks like in April 2009 via Google Maps.


And that's all I have to say about that!

For more information about Ghostbusters filming locations, be sure to check out the rest of Spook Central's Shot On Site articles, Spook Central's Filming Locations page, and Chris Stewart's Shot On Site articles. Thanks Chris for letting me use your awesome title. Title graphic drawn by Paul Kinsella.

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