Martin Scorsese

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

Posted November 16, 2017 at 5:15 am

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 […]

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Another Look at the Faux Little Italy Created for ‘The Irishman’ on the Lower East Side

Posted November 13, 2017 at 5:08 am

To recreate a scene from authentic Little Italy of yore, it apparently can’t even happen there… The cosmetic transformation of Orchard and Broome Streets into Little Italy is almost complete. For the last week, a film crew has been busy recreating this “museum block” into a period scene plucked from 1970s New York. The masquerading […]

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Orchard Street Masquerades as 1970s Little Italy for Netflix ‘Irishman’ Film Shoot

Posted November 9, 2017 at 5:00 am

The quintessential Lower East Side intersection is temporarily masquerading as Little Italy. You may have noticed that the Tictail boutique is brandishing imposter signage and faux exterior as Umberto’s Clam House (circa 1970s). Or the E. Rossi Italy Music & Book Co. sign affixed 91 Orchard Street. The transformation, we’re told, is part of set dressing […]

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Martin Scorsese Filming ‘The Irishman’ on Orchard Street Today (with De Niro, Pacino, Keitel, and Pesci)

Posted August 29, 2017 at 5:12 am

You might want to head down to Orchard Street today (near Broome), where production has begun on the new Netflix drama, The Irishman. The feature film is directed by Martin Scorsese, and sports a who’s-who from the gangster genre he helped create. Robert De Niro. Al Pacino. Harvey Keitel. Joe Pesci (who’s basically retired). It’s the […]

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Elizabeth Street Tenement Denied Landmark Status, Despite Endorsement of Martin Scorsese and Debbie Harry

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 7:11 pm

The drive to landmark one Little Italy tenement came to a screeching halt a few weeks ago, despite some high-profile endorsements including Martin Scorsese and Debbie Harry. For the last two years, tenant Beth Joy Knutsen-Papaleo has worked toward a goal of preserving not just 239 Elizabeth Street, but the block between Prince and East […]

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Debbie Harry and Martin Scorsese Support Landmarking 239 Elizabeth Street in Little Italy and so Should You [OP-ED]

Posted July 12, 2016 at 5:19 am

What follows is a selection from a “Request for Evaluation” sent to the Landmarks Preservation Commission last week to calendar 239 Elizabeth Street for landmarking. Author of the pitch, building resident Beth Joy Knutsen-Papaleo, even received letters of endorsement from Debbie Harry and Martin Scorsese. “I am dead sick of tasteless developers who never wanted […]

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HBO Scratches Scorsese/Jagger Music Drama ‘Vinyl’ After 1 Season

Last modified June 23, 2016 at 7:27 am

You won’t be seeing the revived Max’s Kansas City or other exotic throwback sets around the Lower East Side anymore. Or casting calls asking for extras. Vinyl was scratched from the HBO roster this week after a mere ten episodes on the network. The highly polarizing period piece (you either loved or loathed it) was produced by Martin […]

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Metrograph Theater on Ludlow Street to Debut with ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’

Posted January 21, 2016 at 5:10 am

The Metrograph Theater – founded by tie purveyor Alexander Olch – is inching ever closer to opening on the Lower East Side. Even though a soft-launch is planned for February 19, it’s for private events only; the public will need to wait another few weeks for the much-anticipated Metrograph Theater. However, when the curtains rise on March […]

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HBO’s Scorsese/Jagger Series ‘Vinyl’ Taking Over the LES Today; Will Shoot at Mission Chinese

Posted October 27, 2015 at 5:19 am

HBO’s love affair with the Lower East Side continues. For the second time this month, the hotly anticipated Martin Scorsese/Mick Jagger series, Vinyl, will occupy an enormous swath of Lower East Side territory. From Rivington to Rutgers Street, in fact. All day today. The usual no parking signs envelop the street furniture east of Hell […]

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HBO Wants to Film Scorsese/Jagger Series ‘Vinyl’ in Your Living Room

Posted October 7, 2015 at 10:33 am

If you live in the vicinity of 253 East Houston (at Suffolk), now is your chance to have your abode on the small screen. HBO sent its scouts to the Lower East Side this week with the goal of finding apartments for its highly-anticipated music series, Vinyl. The crew is specifically looking for an “apartment with […]

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