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Just thought I'd keep this thread alive. My office is now in West Orange, NJ. I drive to work through the South Mountain Reservation. The Sopranos filmed a number of scenes here when they wanted to appear to be deep in the woods. The most famous was the murder of Adriana by Silvio. She crawled away and that was the last we saw of her.

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Get over it , Jersey boy ; it 's done - finished -nada . Rarely , if ever again , will anyone actually be interested in NJ . Get over yourselves , already ( slap ) ! ;) :laughing: :laughing:

Oh Kevin I beg to differ....plenty of reasons to take a trip to Jersey...Bruce...Southside Johnny...the Jersey shore...the boardwalk...and the great SF members who live there...Jersey rocks!

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Sopranos' Pork Store No More

By JANET FRANKSTON LORIN

KEARNY, N.J. (AP) - Eight months ago, James Gandolfini drove his white SUV out of the parking lot of Satriale's for the last time, as HBO wrapped up the final season of "The Sopranos."

Now, the building has followed the same fate as the popular show.

It's gone.

Last month, owner Manny Costeira demolished the structure, home to a fictional pork store where TV mobster Tony Soprano and his Jersey crew hung out on the acclaimed mob drama. On TV, a life-sized pig sat atop the building.

"We whacked the pork store," said Costeira, who leased the empty building to HBO.

Nine condo units will replace former storefront. The project is called "The Soprano," and prices range from $325,000 to $385,000. Construction is expected to start in the spring and would be finished in about a year.

Costeira said he can't sign any contracts because he hasn't received permits; he said he has commitments for at least three units and a waiting list for the rest.

The show, now popular in reruns, was mostly filmed at a New York City sound stage, but many scenes were shot across the Garden State to provide a real Jersey feel. Several sites, including the fake pork store, were shot in Kearny, a working-class town across the Passaic River from Newark and about nine miles west of Manhattan.

Now that Satriale's has been demolished, Costeira has been using the Internet to hawk chunks of cast stone from the facade. He said he's already sold about 1,000 pieces in two sizes, for $25 and $50, to fans as far away as Ireland and New Zealand.

The 2-inch-square smaller chunks are mounted on a black wooden block with an "authentic porkstore" name plate. A "certificate" that accompanies the larger chunks, about a 5-inch-square, promising it came from the building that once stood as "the familiar location of the fictional Satriale's pork store featured on the hit HBO television series 'The Sopranos.' "

"It's quite a little gag gift," Costeira said. "For a real Sopranos fan, it's a real piece of the show. It's a piece of television history."

And the demolished building represents one less piece of television history seen on a popular bus tour of "Sopranos" sites in north New Jersey.

"The loss of Satriale's of course disappoints a few of our guests, but we always make the effort to keep the route evolving to include additional locations and enrich the experience however we can," said tour guide Marc Baron.

Instead of the fake pork store, which was always shuttered, the tour now includes a trip to the Holsten's, a real-life Bloomfield ice cream parlor where the series' final scene was filmed.

"They now sample onion rings at Holsten's, and sit in the booth that Tony sat in," Baron said.

Copyright 2007 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Last night I went to dinner at Holsten's, home of the famous last scene of The Soprano's. I got there a little early and as luck would have it, was able to sit in the same booth as the scene. There is a little marker that says "Reserved For The Soprano Family".

The place is small, a real throw back, mom and pop candy/ice cream/food counter type place. The store is about 20 feet wide and 50 feet deep. There is some additional cooking area and bathrooms.

They don't have jukeboxes...they were props, but they pipe in classic and popular music. I had the turkey club with..of course, onion rings. The rest of the family had burgers. The bill for four people was $39.75..can't beat that.

Their candy and ice cream looked incredible. Some flavors of the day were cinnamon and cherry chocolate chunk.

Friendly service, Sopranos photos of the shoot on the wall, the new Sopranos merchandise area (you can buy a menu or a shirt)...but all the joy of the kind of place that doesn't exist around this area much anymore.

If you ever find yourself on the Garden State Parkway at exit 151 (Watchung Ave, Bloomfield..or as Paulie called it one episode f'ing Watchung Avenue) get off there and go to Holsten's. It's only 2 minutes off the Parkway and worth the trip.

Oh yeah, it was easy to park across the street, I don't know what Meadows problem was???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnT7nYbCSvM&feature=related

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So, tonight I decide we should try another TV related spot. The show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives has host Guy Fieri driving around the US in his vintage Camaro, visiting a variety of, well, diners, drive-ins and dives. The food always looks tremendous. They recently had an episode called Diners of New Jersey which is fitting. NJ is truly the diner capitol of the world.

One of the diners they highlighted was The Ritz in Livingston, NJ...about 15 minutes from home and I had never been there. The place had been voted the best diner in NJ for 3 or 4 straight years.

As promised the food was great...and of course they had an autographed poster and photos from being part of the show. But what struck me was another series of snapshots on the way. Individual photos of every major Soprano's cast member with the diner owners. Tony, Pauly, Carmela, Silvio....but all out of character.

So last week I ate at the place portrayed on TV, but this week I ate where the actors really eat. Fun stuff.

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