‘I Love Lucy’: Lucille Ball’s Hometown Features a Replica of the Show’s Iconic Apartment

by Madison Miller
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When you close your eyes and think of the classic 1950s sitcom “I Love Lucy,” you likely see Lucille Ball making a goofy facial expression, perhaps covered in chocolate or something equally hilarious, while Desi Arnaz stands with his finger pointed out in loving distaste.

The iconic sitcom seemed to gravitate in one central location for the most part. That is the Ricardo’s small, yet tasteful, apartment located in what we are told is the heart of New York City. The show doesn’t take viewers to that many locations throughout the series. It all seems to work itself back to the couple sitting together at home.

Replica of Iconic ‘I Love Lucy’ Apartment

Extreme fans of the show may find themselves gravitating toward different landmark locations of “I Love Lucy.” Specifically, Jameston, New York, the hometown of Lucille Ball herself.

This is also the location of the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum.

One of the most fascinating inclusions, according to Fox News, is the replica of Lucy and Ricky’s apartment from the show. More specifically, 623 E. 68th Street. The replica features all the main components of the apartment. That includes the couch where Fred and Ethel would come sit with them on and even the kitchen where Lucy and Desi would sit down for breakfast.

In addition to the apartment, there is also a replica of the California suite that the couple stayed in at the fictional Beverly Palms Hotel. The couple, as well as their inseparable best friends, left their New York home during season four to stay in Hollywood. It was supposed to be a one-month trip, but ended up being a 10-month stay.

Fans can interact with props, scripts, as well as wardrobe pieces all on display. It’s a way to really step into the world of “I Love Lucy,” which continues to draw people in even 70 years after airing on TV.

One of the most interesting parts of the museum is some of the interactive experiences. The National Comedy Center allows these visitors to try being Lucy or Ethel, although both are certainly hard to beat. You can act out iconic scenes from episodes like “Job Switching” or “Vitameatavegamin.”

Popular Lucille Ball Statue

Fans of the popular sitcom can also go visit the popular Lucille Ball statue located in Celoron, New York.

According to CNN, a new statue replaced an older version in 2016. Many had dubbed the original Lucy statue as “Scary Lucy.”

The new statue was revealed in Lucille Ball Memorial Park on what would have been her 105th birthday.

It features Ball in that iconic 1950s polka-dotted dress.

“People gasped when she was unveiled and everyone looked so happy. I am relieved that the response has been positive. I went back to the park incognito and sat on a bench and people were there looking at her and touching her and it was great. All that work was not done in vain. I am very pleased tonight,” the sculptor Carolyn Palmer said to the news outlet.

People had even created campaigns to get a new statue in place. The old bronze one had been universally hated, as people didn’t think it looked or represented Ball properly. In fact, most people just said it looked like a mix between a “Walking Dead” zombie and Steve Buscemi.