Real buildings inspired Arconia from “Only Murders in the Building”

  • The detective television series “Only Murders in the Building” returned for a second season in June.
  • The fictional location of the show’s grisly murders – the Arconia – is perhaps more grounded in reality than previously thought.
  • The buildings that inspired the Arconia are more than just ostentatious facades, with their share of scandals.

Hulu’s popular comedy “Only Murders in the Building” captivated audiences with a modern take on a classic murder mystery, set in a lavish residence on New York’s Upper West Side.

After solving the murder of Tim Kono (Julian Cihi) in season one, Charles Haden-Savage (Steve Martin), Oliver Putnam (Martin Short) and Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez) found themselves scrambling to clear their names . after their moody building manager Bunny meets a grisly disappearance in Mabel’s arms – but not without capturing every bit of their debacle in zingy soundbites for their podcast.

While the bloody murders and salacious scandals seem too ridiculous to be true, showrunner John Hoffman, who created the series with Martin, previously revealed in an interview with The New York Times that the famous Arconia building was inspired by a actual building on the Upper West Side — the Belnord located at West 86th Street and Broadway.

“I was obsessed,” Hoffman told The Times. “I knew we could do something as lofty as this incredible building. It’s a cliché to say that the building itself is a character, but I like the challenge of going a bit beyond that cliché.”

“What drives us out of our apartments to meet people? Do you know your neighbors well? Do you only log in when necessary? ” He continued. “The way we relate when we live in these spaces is what’s really interesting.”

Although the Belnord makes an appearance in the popular Hulu detective series, there is another luxury apartment building on Broadway between 73rd and 74th Streets that may also have served as inspiration, whose name sounds more like the ‘Arconia – the Ansonia.

But the Belnord and the Ansonia are more than their ostentatious facades – they come with their fair share of secrets and scandals, just like their fictional counterpart.

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