Orchard and Broome is Now Little Italy for Scorsese’s ‘Irishman’ Film Shoot Tomorrow

Posted on: November 16th, 2017 at 5:15 am by

The heart of the Lower East Side is now Little Italy. In case you missed it, a construction crew has been installing 1970s-specific set design in the intersection of Orchard and Broome Streets, recreating a neighborhood that barely exists today.

It’s a massive undertaking. For instance, the ground level retail of 90 Orchard Street is obstructed by a faux exterior that mimics that look and feel of Umberto’s Clam House; or the shed facade that was built around the glass exterior of Top Hops.

Scale of this production is matched only in recent history by the film shoot for The Knick four years ago, which saw mountains of dirt dumped into the exact same area.

The worst kept secret here is that this is the latest set for The Irishman, the Netflix feature film about Jimmy Hoffa. It’s directed by Martin Scorsese and stars a classic lineup – Robert de Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, and Joe Pesci. Notices in the area hide its identity, though, with the name “Villa Roma.” In fact, the filming extends across a swath of territory south of Delancey, all the way to Canal Street. It’s a complete takeover.

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