For nine glorious years, the ensemble cast of Seinfeld entertained audiences, with the banality of daily life expressed with humor and antics. Described as “a show about nothing” it quickly became an integral part of American culture, which persists to this day. On May 14, 1998, the last episode of the series aired, but Jerry, Elaine, Cramer, and Newman are still as relevant as ever.
Let’s take a look at some of the best places from the show, and the people who brought it all together.
Jerry brought the show to life, fictionalizing his own life as a comedian in New York City. By the end of the series, he was making more than $100,000 per episode, and the payoff has continued. With reruns, and services like Netflix and Hulu paying hundreds of millions of dollars for rights to stream the show, Jerry is richer now than when the show wrapped. Estimates place his wealth around one billion dollars!
Like his on-screen counterpart, Jerry Seinfeld lives in New York City. But the real Jerry lives in the elite Beresford building, right next to Central Park on the Upper West Side. Units in the building sell for $10-20 million.
East Hamptons Residence
Jerry also owns a residence in the East Hampsons, where he and his family spend time out of the city. He bought the home from Billy Joel for $30 million in 2000. It also has a 22-car garage, which is essential for the car collector. The mansion boasts every luxury, including a coffee maker that costs $17,000! That’s a whole different brew than what you get at Monk’s.
Larry David’s Pacific Palisades, CA Residence
Larry David worked with Jerry to produce and develop the show, and has been financially blessed as well. Like Jerry, he owns several properties, but the Pacific Palisades residence is his main home. With an estimated net worth around $500 million, he can afford to live anywhere!
Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s California Residence
Julia played one of the most annoying, and beloved, women on television with her character Elaine Benes. Bad dancer, oblivious friend, selfish partner, and yet so funny! She has gone on to star in several other television shows and holds the record for most Emmys for a woman in a leading role. And she’s turned a tidy profit, with a net worth around $250 million.
She has a few residences, but calls one in the LA area home. She has always been very private about her family and home life, but we know that she’s focused on environmentally-friendly development.
People love Seinfeld as much these days as ever, as shown by the $500 million Netflix recently paid to have exclusive streaming rights! The sites from the show are still as popular, too.
Television Show Apartment
Funnily enough, the apartment used for the street views in the show for nearly a decade is just down the street from Jerry Seinfeld’s actual residence, and is a popular attraction for pedestrian tourists checking out NYC according to Seinfeld.
Tom’s Restaurant/Monk’s Cafe
Tom’s Restaurant, a real-life diner in New York City serves as the exterior of Monk’s Cafe. It’s been around, serving (mediocre) food for more than 100 years, kept alive in recent years perhaps by its reputation as a Seinfeld diner.
The episode featuring the “soup Nazi” was based at least somewhat in reality. There is in fact a man who makes superb soups in NYC, named Al Yeganeh. Like the character, he was also very particular about ordering and getting food. He closed his shop for a few years, but opened back up in 2010.
From “yada, yada, yada” to “man hands” and “Hello, Newman” the verbal and visual gifts of Seinfeld just keep on giving. To remember the legacy of the show, you can rewatch some of your favorite episodes, quote your favorite lines, or celebrate a spontaneous Festivus, for the rest of us.