- The mystery TV series “Only Murders in the Building” returned for a second season in June.
- The fictional setting of the show’s horrific murders – Arconia – may be more rooted in reality than previously thought.
- The buildings that inspired Arconia are more than just ostentatious facades, they come with their fair share of scandals.
Hulu’s popular comedy “Only Murders in the Building” enthralled audiences with a modern take on the classic perpetrator murder mystery, set in a palatial condo on New York’s Upper West Side.
Following the resolution of the murder case of Tim Kono (Julian Sehee) in Season 1, Charles Haden-Savage (Steve Martin), Oliver Putnam (Martin Short) and Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez) find themselves scrambling to clear their names after he meets a bad-tempered building manager, Builder , with a horrific demise in Mabel’s arms—but not without capturing every bit of their defeat in the nigger audio clips of their podcast.
While the gory murders and infamous scandals seem too ridiculous to believe, Jon Hoffman, who created the show with Martin, was previously revealed in an interview with New York times The infamous Arconia apartment building is inspired by a realist building on the Upper West Side – Belnord located on West 86th Street and Broadway.
“I was obsessed,” Hoffman told The Times. “I knew we could make something as tall as this amazing building. It’s a cliché to say the building itself is a character, but I like the challenge of going beyond that cliché a little bit.”
“Why do we get out of our apartments to meet people? How well do you know your neighbors? Do you only call when it’s necessary?” He completed. “The ways we come together when we live in these spaces is really interesting.”
Although Belnord appears in the popular Hulu whodunit series, another luxury apartment building on Broadway between 73rd and 74th Streets may also be the inspiration, whose name shares a closer resemblance to Arconia – Ansonia.
But Belnord and Ansonia are more than just ostentatious fronts — they come with their fair share of secrets and scandals, just like their fictional counterparts.