On Location: Prince Akeem’s apartment

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Coming to America (1988, dir. John Landis) is one of those films that I watched approximately a million times when I was a kid. A silly fairy tale about an African prince who moves to New York to find himself an intelligent and strong-willed wife, it’s probably the one of the least edgy films in Eddie Murphy’s catalog. But it is a charming film, and probably one that I will continue to revisit as time goes by.

Luckily, as I was exploring Brooklyn the other day, I was able to find the apartment building where Prince Akeem (Murphy) and his trusty sidekick Semmi (Arsenio Hall) lived in the film. This apartment building is located at 390 South 5th Street and Hooper Street in Brooklyn, around the Williamsburg-ish area and right next to a train station. It’s changed quite a bit, but it still immediately sticks out if you’ve seen the film.

Photos shot on iPhone 5.

Hint for tomorrow’s location: Dr Elliot’s place of business.

6 comments

  1. This was a favorite weekend movie for me and my family 🙂 You’ve had a great find with Prince Akeem’s apartment.

    1. Thanks heaps! 🙂 It was so cool to see it in real life!

  2. BEHOLD SEMI! LIFE! REAL-LIFE! A THING WE HAVE BEEN DENIED FOR FAR TOO LONG!!!! GOOD MORNING MY NEIGHBORS!!! *HEY, FUCK YOU!* YES, YES, FUCK YOU TOO!!!!! Sorry, I just had to get that out.

    1. Haha! Such a quotable film!

  3. […] to america I actually visited Akeem and Semi’s house when I visited New York last year. Here’s my post on that glorious […]

  4. […] 390 south 5th street brooklyn This is the address for Prince Akeem’s apartment from Coming to America (1988)! I visited the apartment when I went to New York last year. See my visit here! […]

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