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Maggie Mae’s to Become Local Pub in Upcoming TV Show


June 30, 2015 By Christian Murray

Maggie Mae’s, the revamped bar located at 41-15 Queens Blvd, is going to be the hometown bar in an upcoming TV series.

The show, called Benders, features a number of guys who have an obsession for their beer-swilling amateur hockey league.

The show, produced by Denis Leary and Jim Serpico, is using Maggies Mae’s as its local bar. The show will refer to the pub by name in the show and will even show bar tenders in Maggie Mae’s T-Shirts.

James Moore, a co-owner of Maggie Mae’s, attributes the bar’s inclusion in the show to luck. The show, which was shooting out of the former Dime Bank on Queens Blvd., had a location scout look for a bar nearby to film out of.

The scout just happened to walk past Maggie Mae’s and decided that it would use its down stairs.

The production crew shot scenes from the bar for five full days.

The show will be screened on IFC later this year. There are eight episodes.

If Benders is well received, Moore said that they will be back shooting again for a second season.



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I wish they sold food I usually drop in for a beer and that’s It because I am not a huge drinker and prefer to have food with my drinks.

Anonymous visitor

Andrew Schulz and Chris DiStefano was in the neighborhood! – Maggie Maes – you should have them come to do a comedy show – they are the coolest!


I’ll never forget when my friend had sex with a bartender on the bar downstairs. (20 years ago, pre-renovation.)


what you “deserve” is to ride the train like everyone else. if you get a parking space, it just means you’re lucky. it’s not your God-given right.

parking woes

Are they filming an adaptation of war and peace? They took up parking in our area for 3 str8 days recently, and again this week, even taking up the sidewalk to serve food they aren’t buying from local establishments. Spread the pain and film in other neighborhoods. Great news for the bar, but other establishments from 43rd st to 41st st lose any parking, thus potential customers. We need a moratorium on filming in Sunnyside. The people who actually live here deserve a place to park after they get home from work. When there is filming the production company should have to cover the costs of parking under the 7 train.


You are mistaken. The article itself said Maggie’s was chosen for the show and will do more business, as will all the surrounding businesses. No one loses money from a film shoot. All the film locations I’ve worked at, I’ve gotten to know new neighborhoods and their bars and restaurants. Stop being a grouch.

Sunnyside Calling

>>3 str8 days

If you speak as well as you write, no one listens to you.


why are you such a wet blanket?

It’s a shoot, this happens all over the city.

what makes you think Sunnyside is deserving of special treatment?

Do you honestly think the 12 spots along 41st-43rd street were a huge loss?

maybe you should go to Maggie Mae’s and have a beer to relax.


This is such great news! I’m so psyched for these guys, hoping it brings more support for local businesses.

Aidan lundy

That is an unbelievable coincidence as the owner James nickname back in high school was bender. Unreal

Old Lady

I hope they were well compensated and that the series becomes popular and improves their business. Good luck to all.


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