There are times when they get it wrong because there were serious timing, location access and plotting reasons, then there are times when they’re just too fucking lazy and ignorant. The most offensive is when writers rather than producers screw it up. Rick Riordan had a gloomy forest right on the other side of the Lincoln Tunnel from Manhattan. WTF? He gets lots more wrong everywhere.
I stopped watching Sleepy Hollow when it was clear there was no one from east of the Mississippi on the writing or production staff. In E4 (I think) they kept referring to a character as a “rancher”. NO ONE is called a rancher in the east! The establishing shot to his “ranch” is clearly dry brown California not green and verdant NY. They could have gotten the right shot from stock footage easily. Then the local shaman send the protagonists into a trance with the bite of a…Scorpion? No scorpions within a 1000 miles of Sleepy hollow. This was all just lazy, and loses my respect utterly.