Dexter Filming Locations: Junkie's Alley

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The location: Junkie's Alley

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A dilapidated alleyway, a refuge for drug addicts.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 6, of Season 6, "Just Let Go".

    "Chicago Mike" Anderson, the new cop at Miami Metro, is searching for information about who killed Brother Sam.  He wants the name of the new leader of the gang that had threatened Sam.

    In this scene, we see Mike cruising through a neighborhood.  He stops at a building that seems to be literally decaying, and chases down a young drug addict.

    He tells the junkie that he knows the Locos gang is the drug supplier in this neighborhood, and he wants to know who their leader is.

    When the junkie refuses to cooperate, Anderson handcuffs his wrist to his ankle, causing him to hop on one leg and then fall down.

    Anderson refers to this as "flamingo-ing" - something cops do in Chicago.

    He notes that it's ironic that they don't have flamingos in Chicago, yet here in Florida, where they do have flamingos, they don't flamingo people.

    After he starts to walk away and leave the junkie "flamingoed", he gets the information he wants and relays it to Debra:

    The new shot-caller is Leo Hernandez, who lives at St. Andrews & Romaine.

    The cops soon converge on Leo's house.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. The rear side of a row of urban retail buildings that have been partially demolished.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. There used to be a row of urban retail buildings along the north side of the 5600 block of Santa Monica Blvd, which included a large linoleum store and a Sears store.

    They decided to demolish those buildings, and planned to build another center in its place.  But when this scene was filmed (in July 2011), the demolition was incomplete, leaving veritable ruins standing along Santa Monica Blvd.

    They filmed this scene behind and inside these partially-demolished buildings.

The block of former stores was bounded by Santa Monica Blvd (on the south), by Virginia Ave (on the north), and by Wilton Place (on the west).

For this scene, they used the rear (north) side, which faces Virginia Ave.

When we first see Anderson driving, he is heading north on the 1100 block of N. Wilton Place.  He quickly turns right (east) onto Virginia Avenue, then right (south) into the rear parking lot of this former center.  The initial confrontation with the junkie was filmed up against the back wall of this retail strip.

The roofless ruin that Anderson chases the junkie through (and where he captures him) was part of this center, and appears to have been the former "Linoleum City" store, at 5657 Santa Monica Blvd.

This location is just blocks from both Leo's house and Lisa's school, as well as the Hollywood Forever cemetery.

It's also just a half mile southeast of the studio (Sunset-Gower) where they film Dexter.

    Rick shot the photo below in 2011.
    (the camera is looking south, from Virginia Ave, towards Santa Monica Blvd).

    Here is an aerial photo of the location.  Here is a Google StreetView.
    And here is a map link.

Warning: This isn't the best neighborhood in the world.  And demolition should be complete by now, so
if you drive by, chances are that all you will see is an empty lot (or the new center rising in its place).

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  In previous seasons, I've usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the 6th season, though, I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know in advance when something was about to film there.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode aired, I already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Ellen, Susan, Jason, Elaine, Joel, Julie, Geoff, Jeff, Jen, and others. My thanks to all of them.

    Rick sent me this one.  Plus, he drove by and shot the photo you see above.  (Thanks, Rick!)

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