Not even Hollywood could save it; A famous fallout shelter sign goes dark

The building above is the New York County Supreme Court, located at 60 Centre Street in Manhattan, in an area known as Foley Square.

If you’re an aficionado of law or court shows, the building should be familiar, as it appears in multiple shows and movies. IMDb lists 60 Centre Street as a filming location in 24 separate movies/shows, the most prominent (and current) being Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

Both of these photos were taken in March 2005 and show a Fallout Shelter sign on the front of the building

As mentioned in other posts, Fallout Shelter signs often appear in the background of shows and movies (CONELRAD – All Things Atomic has an excellent and unparalleled archive of such sightings).

The above sign has appeared in Trading Places (1983), in a blurry news image photo used in the movie

Although screenshots have not yet been located, the sign has also appeared in multiple episodes of Law and Order: SVU and potentially many other movies and shows

The sign was still up as recently as December 2017 as this Google Maps screenshot shows

However, a visit to the actual site in June 2019 shows that the sign has been removed

New York started a campaign in December 2017 to remove Fallout Shelter signs; however, this was mostly done at school buildings.

It appears other buildings are now affected. In addition to 60 Centre Street, another state building down the block at 80 Centre Street also had evidence of recently removed signs.

It was disappointing to see this sign gone, as based on the prominence of this building on both TV and in actual court cases, this was likely one of (if not the most) famous Fallout Shelter sign in America.

Have any other tips on shows or movies this sign appeared in? Let us know here.

© 2019 Fallout Five Zero

March 2005 and June 2019 images of 60 Centre Street taken and owned by Fallout Five Zero

Screenshot taken from Trading Places (1983), a Paramount Pictures film 

Google image owned by Google and retrieved on June 14, 2019 from Google Maps

 

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