Hollywood has discovered what we residents already know so well: Westchester is an iconic American county that basically has it all. This was never more true than in 2016, when literally dozens of production crews descended on the county to make their films and TV shows. A large part of the credit for Westchester being on Hollywood’s radar goes to Westchester County Tourism & Film and its director, Natasha Caputo, who estimates that these productions brought in approximately $500K in production fees alone, not even counting all the money spent at hotels, stores, and restaurants. In 2014, this amounted to a whopping $18 million, and 2016 is expected to exceed that. To celebrate this boon, here are our top-10 TV & film productions in Westchester last year.
1. The Girl on the Train (DreamWorks Pictures/Universal): Station Road tunnel (Irvington) and locations in Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Ardsley, and White Plains
2. Homeland (Showtime): Valhalla (at Westchester County Correctional Facility) and Elmsford (Blueline Tactical Supply)
3. The Americans (FX): Playland (Rye) and Croton Gorge Park (Croton-on-Hudson)
4. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix): Homeland Bowl (Yonkers)
5. Mr. Robot (USA Network): Lenoir Mansion (Hastings-on-Hudson)
6. The Affair (Showtime): Westchester County Correctional Facility (Valhalla) and locations in Yonkers
7.The Blacklist (NBC): Glen Island Beach (New Rochelle)
8. Elementary (CBS): Saxon Woods (White Plains) and the Pleasantville Diner (Pleasantville)
9. Madam Secretary (CBS): Kensico Dam Plaza (Valhalla) and Tibbetts Brook Park (Yonkers)
10. Divorce (HBO): Saxon Woods (White Plains), Tarrytown, and Hastings-on-Hudson locations
Honorable Mentions: Blindspot (NBC), various Westchester locations; Quantico (ABC), Main St, Tarrytown
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