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Historic Newark Home With Sopranos Ties Hits the Market

by Stephanie Spear
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Northern New Jersey played a ubiquitous, if uncredited, role as the backdrop for most of the TV series The Sopranos, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of its debut this year. Many North Jersey spots have become de facto pilgrimage destinations for fans of the show. Earlier this year, the restaurant booth where fictional mob boss Tony Soprano (possibly) had his last meal was sold at auction via Holsten’s restaurant in Bloomfield. Now, fans and house hunters have another chance to own a piece of Sopranos history. A Newark home used as the character Corrado ‘Junior’ Soprano’s home is now for sale. Read on for more about this Newark home and its tie to the show.

Uncle Junior Soprano Home Newark

^ 380 Highland Avenue in Newark. Photo Credit: Christie’s International Real Estate

The Ivy at Chatham

About the Home

Homes, churches, restaurants, and businesses throughout New Jersey are part of Sopranos lore and draw visitors year-round. From a carpet warehouse to a tiny pizza shop, the variety of buildings used demonstrates how intertwined the show was with its Northern New Jersey setting.

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The home is located at 380 Highland Avenue in Newark’s Forest Hills neighborhood. The home is one block away from Branch Brook Park and has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. The home was built in 1927 and has hardwood floors throughout. It is listed by Christie’s International Real Estate agents Maikol Puebla and Licelys Olmo, and showings can be scheduled by contacting the team.

The home belonged to the fictional Corrado Soprano, known as Uncle Junior, who was the head of the Di Meo crime family, which ran New Jersey. While Corrado was officially in charge, his nephew Tony Soprano ran the show as Uncle Junior faced mounting legal problems and his health deteriorated. Uncle Junior spent much of the series under house arrest, so viewers got well-acquainted with what the home looked like at the time, in particular its wood-paneled interior. Corrado Soprano was played by actor Dominic Chianese.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The home was featured in several episodes, most notably in the Season 6 opener, Members Only, where Tony digs up the yard in hopes of finding Uncle Junior’s misplaced $40,000. Another key scene that took place at this house was when Uncle Junior, on house arrest, got stuck in the sink after reaching into the drain. Judging from the listing photos, it looks like the kitchen has been updated since then.

 

 

Celebrating the Show

Holsten’s restaurant, in Bloomfield, was the setting for the final scenes of the show. The famous booth where Tony (maybe?) had his last meal was sold earlier this year.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“The time has come. All good things sometimes need an upgrade. The famous Sporanos booth is getting a much needed face-lift. We are auctioning off the well endeared booth on eBay starting today. Place your bid on this once in a lifetime chance to personally own “the booth”. Check out our listing here. Obviously, we aren’t going to change the nostalgia of our beloved shoppe…. we aren’t crazy! Just polishing up the place!

A note from the owners: Please understand that we don’t want to do this. But the integrity of the booths are now compromised. They have been repaired many times and this furniture is over 60 years old. Obviously, we do not want to do this, however it has come to a point where they are structurally not safe anymore as a whole and we need to think about the safety of our patrons first. Customer safety is a priority for us and should be for our patrons as well.” the restaurant shared.

The booth was sold to an undisclosed bidder for over $80,000. As part of the renovations, the new booth has a ‘reserved for the Sopranos’ affixed to it, right next to the jukebox. 

a photo of the sopranos eating a meal at holstens from the series finale

^ Sopranos series finale, Made in America. Photo Credit: Will Hart/HBO. Photo courtesy of HBO Press Office.

Two other notable events will take place before the end of 2024. Director and North Caldwell native David Chase will release a documentary, called Wise Guy: David Chase and the Sopranos. The documentary premiered in early June at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary features behind-the-scenes footage and conversations with the cast. The documentary explores the growth of The Sopranos and how it impacted David Chase’s career.

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In November, there will be a special event at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair featuring discussions with Sopranos cast members. Tickets for In Conversation with the Sopranos are available now. The 90-minute program will feature a discussion amongst actors Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti; Steve Schirripa, who played Bobby Bacala; and Vincent Pastore who played Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero. Audience Q+A will also be a part of the program.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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