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This article depicts a subject within the Shadowhunters television series, and as such, it either does not play a role within or differs largely from the established continuity and canon of the books of The Shadowhunter Chronicles.

New York Institute
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Location: Manhattan, New York

The Clave

The New York Institute refers to the Shadowhunter Institute in New York. It serves as their headquarters and a high-tech and highly-protected operations center.[1]

It is also a typically a place where protection can be provided to Shadowhunters, and, in some cases, mundanes and Downworlders in need of their help. Trials for New York Shadowhunters can also take place in the Institute.[2]

Formerly run by Robert and Maryse Lightwood, the couple has since been replaced by two temporary leaders since 2016.[3][4]


“I think it's fairly clear that the Clave does need help.”

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Being hidden beneath glamour, the Institute is seen as an abandoned, run-down gothic cathedral by mundanes without the Sight.[5][6] The exterior is in fact a large, magnificent church, while the inside of the Institute is enormous, with several interconnected corridors, hallways, and large rooms.


The Institute has an infirmary, a greenhouse, and a weapons room.[7] It also has a war room and the cloisters area—the belly of the church which is convertible, where they can train, hold events, and many more.[8]

The entryway leads right to a central space called the Ops Center where most computer stations—for monitoring demon activity and researching for missions—can be found, and where preparations for battles and missions take place, often making it the most crowded part of the Institute. In front of the room is a raised platform from which the head of the Institute and other authority figures may make announcements or address the residents.




The Ops Center


Isabelle and Magnus in The Autopsy Room.


Clary, Jace, Alec, and Isabelle in The Ops Room.


Jace,Alec,and Isabelle in The Ops Room.


Clary and Isabelle Training in The Cloisters Area.


Clary and Jocelyn in The Greenhouse.


A large look of the War Room in the Institute.


Isabelle looking at a holographic Model of New York in The War Room.


Clary and Jace in The Infirmary.


  • Hodge was exiled here because of his allegiance to the Circle during the Uprising.
  • For the first season, the Metropolitan United Church in Toronto was used for the shots of the Institute's exterior.[9]
  • For the second season, the interior and exterior shots of the Institute is a combination of CGI and location shots of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York.[10][11]


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