n Location Tours is making an offer
few fans of "The Sopranos" could refuse. Each week, the company
takes fans on a three-hour tour to check out the haunts of Tony
Soprano and his crew.
With its water-cooler buzz and critical acclaim, the HBO show
has made stars of the cast and creator and put the Garden State's
working-class neighborhoods and affluent suburbs in the
This is where On Location Tours comes in.
The New York-based tour operator was created in June 1999 by
Georgette Blau after discovering she lived near that "deluxe
apartment in the sky" (the building seen in the opening credits of
The company started out by offering the Manhattan TV Tour, which
showcases the sites of popular series that were, or still are, set
in New York, including "The Jeffersons," "Mad About You" and
Blau started the Sopranos tour on March 4, and she said it has
been quite successful.
Stories about the tour have popped up in local travel sections
and magazines such as Entertainment Weekly.
The Sopranos tour hits about 15 sites in New Jersey, including
Satin Dolls (the strip club known in the series as Bada Bing),
Satriales Pork Store, the cemetery where Livia Soprano is buried
and the Skyway Diner, where Christopher Moltisani was shot.
The cost is $30 per person and includes cannolis at Sorrento's
in Lodi, which is located around the corner from Satin Dolls.
The tour departs every Sunday at 2 p.m. from New York's Bryant
Park, with a second pickup at Houlihan's restaurant in Secaucus,
Blau said additional sites and a weekday departure will be added
Transportation is via air-conditioned buses that can accommodate
up to 57 passengers.
Blau said group tours can be arranged.
The company pays 10% commission and is a member of the National
Tour Association and the New York Convention and Visitors
Blau said the tour has attracted a wide range of fans, including
ones from Texas, California, New York and New Jersey as well as
international visitors from Sweden, the U.K., Australia and
The company also offers a tour tied to another popular HBO
series, "Sex and the City."
For additional details, contact On Location Tours at (212)
The e-mail address is [email protected]; the Web site address is www.sceneontv.com.