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ABC’s ‘Forever’ Continues Its Months-Long Filming Residency Today on the Lower East Side

Posted November 21, 2014 at 10:25 am

The season-long residency of Forever continues today on the Lower East Side. This ABC production has been headquartered east of Essex Street (between Houston and Delancey) since July. It was around that time that the production transformed 154 Stanton Street – Smart Clothes Gallery – into a faux shop called “Abe’s Antiques.” Four months out, […]

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‘Uncle Howard’ Remembers NYC Filmmaker Howard Brookner

Posted November 19, 2014 at 9:22 am

Howard Brookner’s heart and pulse was rooted in the chaotic, vibrant grid that is New York City. The filmmaker/director was a fixture on the Bowery. He called the Chelsea Hotel home. He’s regarded for his 1983 documentary on beat generation icon William S. Burrroughs, Burroughs: The Movie. The native New Yorker’s rich look at avant-garde […]

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Help Fund This New Documentary About Lower East Side Squatters Who Battled Giuliani [VIDEO]

Posted November 18, 2014 at 6:09 am

Lower East Side squatter history remains a fascinating, if not controversial chapter in the book of New York’s life. So much so that there is even a museum dedicated, at least partially, to preserving the cultural significance of the bygone movement – the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space. One upstart filmmaker hopes to capture the […]

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‘Salad Days’ Rock Doc Embraces DC Hardcore; Premieres Friday [Video]

Posted November 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

The Washington, D.C. hardcore scene of the eighties finally gets its due and proper. Sick of second fiddle, the new rock documentary – Salad Days: The Birth of Hardcore Punk in the Nation’s Capital – makes the case for the massive significance of the capital in shaping the genre and its DIY aesthetic. Filmmaker Scott […]

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Here’s Your First Look at Drug-Infused Drama ‘Straight Outta Tompkins’ [VIDEO]

Posted November 7, 2014 at 6:07 am

Zephyr Benson, a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Filmmaking, is gearing up for the release of his first film, Straight Outta Tompkins. The indie crime drama is inspired by Benson’s own upbringing, of teenage years under the influence of Heroin. And he’s only twenty-one. Much of the movie was shot in […]

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The Iron Sheik Roast Recap You Didn’t Know You Wanted

Last modified November 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Few hobbies or interests bring as much interrogating as professional wrestling. “It’s fake,” say the naysayers. Well, yes, the results are predetermined, but aren’t most of the movies and television shows you watch fictional? “The acting is awful.” Sometimes, but it can’t be much worse than some of what you watch as a “guilty pleasure.” […]

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Simon J. Heath’s ‘Ten Talk New York’ Doc Series Screening Tonight at Tribeca Grand Hotel

Posted October 27, 2014 at 6:10 am

Looks like someone threw a fucking ATM at filmmaker Simon J. Heath and let the creativity roll on; he’s back with a second helping of his “Ten Talk” documentary. In conjunction with L.E.S. Film Club, Made in NY, and The Australian Community, his latest iteration focuses on “sex, death, love, and race, old, new, Bloomberg, uptown, downtown” through […]

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CBGB Film Festival Recap: ‘Riot on the Dance Floor’ and ‘Who the Fuck Is that Guy?’

Last modified October 17, 2014 at 10:49 am

We decided to skip the CBGB concert in Times Square this past weekend, where rumor has it, the bands took a two hour break mid-day, out of respect for people attending matinees that day – not very rock n’ roll of them, but then again, you don’t want to mess with those senior blue-haired matinee-goers, […]

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‘Blue Bloods’ Season 5 Filming on Essex Street Today

Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

For some five years, CBS, among others, has routinely employed the Lower East Side as backdrop in its production of Blue Bloods. This current fifth season is certainly no exception. Having already premiered a couple weeks ago, the show is again in the neighborhood today. You may wanna steer clear of lower Essex Street for most […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Fighting for a Dying Astor Place [VIDEO]

Posted October 3, 2014 at 9:25 am

“[The Astor Place redesign] is a moral issue … this is a fight … we have to win this.” -Jim Power The Astor Place redesign will eliminate the cultural fabric of the neighborhood, and further contribute to the death of downtown. This is the overall theme of a new mini-documentary that Clayton Patterson sends our […]

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