All right, here's the route:
1. Go to goggle maps obviously.
2. Type in 5820 Byrne Road Burnaby BC
3. When the map comes up click on the red "A" tab and the window with "street views" will pop up. Click on street views.
4. You wind up facing the wrong way so turn around so you're looking up the opposite way. If you see a UHaul dealer on the right then you're facing the right way.
5. Start clicking your way up Byrne Road. After 3 clicks with the jump arrows, you'll see the address 5820 with an arrow pointing to the left. You can't see the set from there but that's the entrance to the set. If you're curious, you can go to the entrance and look up. After signing in at the guard gate that was our long walk up to the holding tents. Unfortunately there's a truck in the entrance blocking the view.
6. Get yourself facing the right way again and this time we've got to move up Byrne road until we hit that distant intersection. There's a vacant lot on the left just before the intersection. If you turn to look up you can see part of the street. It's actually the spot where Archie was hovering during the whole "American dream" sequence. You can't see much from there but, hey, why not have the full tour.
7. At the intersection of Byrne and Marine Way, on the corner, if you turn and look at the set on the left, you can see a bit more. It's to the right of the telephone pole and, zooming that spot, you'll see a small gray building with a bright, light green panel and light blue trim. That's Roy Chess's dump. To the right of that is the vacant lot that Rorschach is walking past during his "soon there will be war" speech early in the film. The purple building is the store he walks by after the vacant lot. They put a wood fence across the lot with layers of graffiti and what have you. The Treasure Island comic shop is the building after the purple one. After that and across the street (although it's hard to see) is the movie theater. You might make out the ticket booth. On the right, you can see the plywood back of it, is Blake's building. Next to that (though unseen here) is the entrance to Veidt's tower and the Gunga Diner right next to that. The empty space in between was the section of street used for the Keene Riot. Behind the gray building, sticking up higher than the others and with 3 dark windows visible is Moloch's home. The first window is the one Rorschach leaped out of.
8. Swing around now and get into the intersection. You'll see a crossroad option of Byrne and Marine Way. You need to go left up Marine Way
9. Now turn to the left and so you're looking up Marine Way. You should be able to see the set on the left. Start along Marine Way.
10. 13 clicks or, if you've used the thing before you can do it in larger jumps, you'll see the Milton and Frye building on the left, standing all on its own. That'll be your best view of that one.
11. 2 more clicks and, looking to the left, there it is! You're now looking up the NY street. The building on the left is the side wall of the Gunga Diner. You can see just a bit of the black paneling if you click once more a little farther along the street. But from this vantage point, that's the theater on the right with the purple columns. On the left, with the yellow section over the door is the Treasure Island Comic Shop. In the scene where Rorschach is accosted by the hooker, he is walking up the right hand side of the street away, past the porno theater marquee, which here is a tan plywood section jutting out past the theater. The light brown building past the marquee is Rafael's where Laurie and Dan talk about Captain Carnage. Next to that though all but impossible to see is where the Promethean Cab Company was.
12. On the left, in the background, you should be able to make out an bright yellow awning on the far corner. The newsstand was right across the street from that. From this perspective, imagine the newsstand is right under the awning and you'll get the positioning right. Blocked from view to the left of this spot is the subway exit Dan uses when he leaves Hollis at the beginning of the film. Note that you are actually looking up the street in the same direction the "energy surge" comes from at the end of the film although you're much farther away. Take a look at the film and you'll see the yellow awning on the left when the Bernies step out into the street. What's cool, is that in the film, you see block of New York stretching off into the distance and in real life, it's trees and condos. They had a huge green screen set up here with a red dot near the top and this was our sightline for the "energy surge". At the corner of the yellow awning and newsstand, on the left are the line of brownstones where Dan lives and, across the street from that is the Vietnam bar.
And that's it. This is where the magic happened and I'm still thrilled to have been a small part of it.
Enjoy it while you can because Supernatural is filming there now and wall has been stretched across this spot from the Gunga Diner to the Milton and Frye building, blocking off this whole view. All you see now is plywood. No doubt it's more building facades on the other side. But the view in these photos, if they get updated, will be gone. I went out there about 10 days ago and this view was not to be had. It would be kind of cool to get a call back to this set for another production but that hasn't happened yet.
Anyway, I hope my instructions are clear and you enjoyed this curiosity tour.