The TV show Castle takes place in New York City and, as with most communities, the city has developed terminology, references, and nicknames unique to it. For those who do not live in New York City or have never traveled there, here is a list of New York references to help viewers understand what the cast means.
New York City is divided into 5 boroughs (sometimes the city is even referred to as The Five Boroughs): Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. Located at the mouth of the Hudson River, which forms the city's western border with New Jersey, much of it encompasses three islands: Staten Island in the south, Manhattan Island in the north, and Long Island in the east.
Central Park is located on Manhattan Island. Most streets and avenues are named with numbers (72nd Street, 3rd Avenue), but streets run east-west and avenues run north-south. Avenues begin numbering in the east (i.e., the easternmost avenue is 1st Avenue) and go up to 12th Avenue. Streets begin numbering in the south (i.e. the southernmost street is numbered 1st Street) and go up to 179th Street. The well-known avenues Park Avenue and Broadway run north-south on Manhattan Island with Central Park located in between them. Another oft-mentioned avenue is Lexington Avenue, which runs north-south on Manhattan Island one block east of Park Avenue. The name is often shortened just to "Lex", especially when referring to an address (the corner of 54th and Lex).
The Lincoln Tunnel crosses under the Hudson River and connects Manhattan Island and the area of Weehawken, New Jersey. The Holland Tunnel runs underneath the Hudson River and connects the southern part of Manhattan Island to Jersey City, New Jersey.
The most frequently mentioned bridges on the show are the Brooklyn Bridge (across the East River) and the "GW" or George Washington Bridge (across the Hudson River).
- Martha: How we did it at The Palace = The Palace Theater
- Castle: Your accent's not bridge and tunnel
- Refers to the accents of people outside of Manhattan in the other boroughs of New York, (Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Bronx) as well as Long Island and New Jersey. "B&Ters" are people who moved to or commute to Manhattan and would need to travel one of the many access points (i.e. bridges or tunnels) to get onto the island of Manhattan.
- Midtown = Midtown Manhattan
- Refers to a neighborhood the middle part of Manhattan island
- Located in midtown are some of the most famous landmarks of New York City – Grand Central Station, Chrysler Building Rockefeller Center and the famous shopping district on 5th Avenue that boasts Saks 5th Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman. It also includes Times Square, the New York Public Library, Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall.
- Midtown East website
- Midtown West website
- Body found on The Lake = a body of water in the middle of Central Park
- Beckett: Has anyone checked the boathouse? = The Loeb Boathouse, which rents boats for use on the lake **Website
- Drug Dealer: Hangin' with my boys down by the Alice in Wonderland statue = a statue in Central Park, on the east side of the park at 75th Street
- Drug Dealer: Then they'd go play dealers, sellin' to the upscales in Sheeps Meadow = an open grassy area in Central Park on the west side of the park from 68th Street to 69th Street
- Brandon:...and after what happened to those kids in that Duke case... = A court case involving 3 Duke Lacrosse players who were accused of rape. The case was dismissed after the investigation found that the allegations were false.
- Castle:...I was standing in the street outside Nobu waiting for my car. = Nobu Restaurant, an upscale Japanese restaurant on Hudson street in Tribeca near where Castle lives.
- 54th & Lex (Lexington): Where Ryan says he picked up the red couch that Esposito likes so much, when they are playing "Madden"
- Esposito:...word is he's an enforcer for the Westies... = A gang of Irish-American mobsters operating out of the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan.
- Alexis: (reading a note from her secret admirer) "If you want to meet, I’ll be at Strawberry Fields at five o’clock. I hope you’ll be there, too." Strawberry Fields is located in Central Park West between 71st and 74th Streets; it features a tribute to the late John Lennon, who lived nearby.