THE LOCATIONS

"Loud Pipes Save Lives" is, among other things, a love letter to New York City.  Shown here are some of the locations that play an important role in the story. 

BEEKMAN PLACE

The Sparr family home is located here. Beekman Place is a small street located in the Turtle Bay neighborhood on the East Side of Manhattan, New York City. The neighborhood was the site of the Beekman family mansion, Mount Pleasant, which James Beekman built in 1765. This location is referenced in "Auntie Mame" as the residence of its titular character, and in "Bonfire of the Vanities" as a symbol of wealth and isolation from the rest of society.

RIDGEWOOD QUEENS

The neighborhood where Lily Sparr lives and works after leaving the city to get some space from the life of privilege she had grown up with. While it's now becoming the next hipster haven, the time during which this is set, it was still very much an undiscovered lower-middle-class haven of immigrants. By the late 20th century, Poles, Dominicans, and Ecuadorians had moved to Ridgewood. Other large populations included Yugoslavians, Chinese, Koreans, and Slovenians.

MOVIE NIGHTS AT BRYANT PARK

For decades, New Yorkers have been able to bring their blankets and their picnic dinners and settle in for a movie on the lawn in Bryant Park. The park sets up a large screen and sound system and shows classic movies starting at sundown on Monday evenings. It's enormously popular and people show up several hours ahead of time to ensure a good spot on the lawn. The movie night scene is an audience favorite.

BROOKLYN PROMENADE

This is a walkway built along the shoreline of Brooklyn, along the edge of Brooklyn Heights. A great place to take in the view of Manhattan, and the location of another favorite audience moment. 

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN

Midtown South, the precinct that Lily is transferred to early on in the story, is a part of town that encompasses Times Square and the Theater District. This is also one of the many Manhattan precincts where the biker gang has been active, and where the offices of SparrMedia, the company belonging to Lily's family, are located.