Canvassing Tony Soprano's Neighborhood
I visit North Caldwell, N.J., several tiimes a year to see my brother's sister and her husband. The town's claim to fame is the Sopranos. Tony S. and family live in North Caldwell in the show, and much of it is shot in the surrounding area.
We did our own short version of the Soprano insider tour this past weekend. We drove past the Soprano family house (I could just picture Tony in the driveway leaning over to pick up the Newark Star-Ledger -- strangely enough, a house on the same cul de sac is where the Unabomber's first victim was killed) and we cruised along Bloomfield Avenue, which Tony calls "Guinea Gulch" (his Sicilian family moved up in the world along Bloomfield Avenue, starting in Newark and then eventually making their way to upscale North Caldwell). I counted 13 ristorantes, trattorias, Italian bakeries and pizza joints along a 2.5 mile long stretch of Bloomfield Avenue, and I bet you can walk into just about any one of them and get a better-than-average plate of pasta fazul or a perfectly stuffed cannoli.
We then headed to my niece's graduation, to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Didn't get to see much of the surrounding area, but I would very much like to return to the nearby towns of Hyde Park and Rhinebeck, site of FDR's home along the Hudson.
Anyone have any insights into New Jersey for Soprano fans, or the Hudson Valley for FDR fans?
By Carol Sottili |
May 23, 2007; 10:52 AM ET
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