Where was Harlan Coben’s Shelter filmed? Locations Explained

By Louie Fecou
Published: August 19, 2023 (Last updated: March 27, 2024)
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Where was Harlan Cobens Shelter filmed – a breakdown of filming locations

Where was Harlan Coben’s Shelter filmed? We discuss the popular Prime Video series and the filming locations used by the production team. 

Author Harlan Coben usually thrills his readers with tales of murder and suspense, filled with twists, turns, and unique characters. His work has been plundered by film and TV, and you might remember some of the adaptations of his work, including The Stranger, Gone for Good, and Stay Close.

It seems that the Coben well still has plenty of material left inside, and Prime Video has just dropped its adaptation of Shelter. This was the first novel in a series of stories featuring the character of Mickey Bolitar.

Mickey is the teenage nephew of another Corben creation, Myron Bolitar, and this series was aimed at a young adult readership.

It seems they took their time over green-lighting this project, as the novel was published in 2011, so there has been a long gestation period regarding the TV adaptation.

READ: Will there be a Harlan Coben’s Shelter Season 2?

The story follows high school junior Mickey attending a new school and dealing with his own baggage, including a mother in rehab, a deceased father, and an irritating aunt.

However, Mickey encounters a strange elderly woman who tells him that his father isn’t as dead as they think he is, causing Mickey to start doubting everything around him.

A missing girl adds to the drama, and Mickey and his new friends are drawn into a dangerous mystery.

On the site, you can read our reviews and recaps of the show so far, but this companion to those articles will answer the question: Where was Harlan Coben’s Shelter filmed?

Where was Harlan Coben’s Shelter filmed – a breakdown of filming locations

Kearny Hudson County, New Jersey

Thanks to social media, it seems that much filming took place in and around Hudson County. The show, set in the fictional Kassleton, New Jersey, was filmed all over the Garden State, mainly in Kearny.

Kearny is a well-used area for filming, and a second sound stage was opened at the South Kearny peninsula between the Hackensack and Passaic rivers.

Various locations 

The New Jersey Motion Picture and TV Commission would kindly release a list of the filming locations used in the series’ production.

As well as Kearny, location finders will be able to spot scenes filmed in Alpine, Bayonne, Bloomfield, East Orange, Hanover, Hoboken, Jersey City, Kearny, Kinnelon, Little Falls, Livingston, Middletown, Millburn, Montclair, Morris Township, Morristown, Ogdensburg, Paterson, Sea Bright, Totowa, and Wayne.

Livingstone High School, New Jersey

The New Jersey Motion Picture and TV Commission also revealed that the school used in the shoot was Livingstone High School. The school is in Essex County, New Jersey, operating as part of the Livingston Public Schools system.

Little Falls Police Department

Some scenes were shot at the Little Falls Police Department in New Jersey, 225 Main Street.

Hoboken Terminal

The New Jersey railway station was another location that would be used in filming.

The station is at 1 Hudson Place, Hoboken, NJ 07030.

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