A Hero at Home in Harlem | WSJ

Marvel superhero Luke Cage defends the uptown streets in new Netflix series
By Steve Dollar

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Mike Colter, right, in a scene from ‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ that was filmed at Jackie Robinson Park on Bradhurst Avenue at West 148th Street. (Photo: Myles Aronowitz | Netflix)

Harlem is more than a backdrop in “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” the new superhero drama available Friday on Netflix.

The Manhattan neighborhood is very much a character in the show, which stars Mike Colter in the title role, a falsely accused ex-convict who becomes indestructible in an experiment gone wrong. The latest of several Netflix series inspired by Marvel Comics characters, the scenes of “Luke Cage” are immersed in the uptown streets.

“It’s one of the few places in New York that looks like the old New York,” said Cheo Hodari Coker, the show’s executive producer. “Anywhere you point a camera, there’s something interesting to look at.”

“Luke Cage” is anchored at Lenox Avenue and West 119th Street, home to the fictional Pop’s, a neighborhood barbershop where Luke sweeps up. The exterior of an old storefront shares a site also used in the Ridley Scott film “American Gangster.”

One block up is Mount Olivet Baptist Church, whose illuminated cross shines over several scenes. Harlem’s Paradise, the show’s fictional nightclub, is a set constructed on a Greenpoint soundstage, but it draws on fabled Harlem nightspots like the Lenox Lounge and Smalls Paradise.

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