When Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Filmed on Lafayette Street
Those who were raised on the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series remain up in arms about the latest franchise reboot, currently slated for Christmas 2013. Michael Bay (Transformers) is helming the new project, and has no intention of keeping the story intact. You know, how the turtles encountered radioactive ooze, transforming them into humanoid heroes in a half shell named for renaissance painters. Now we learn that in the updated storyline they are neither teenage nor mutant turtles, but reptiles from an alien race.
The rash of internet outcry about the authenticity issues in the new Bay version had us reminiscing about the first live-action Turtles movie, released in 1990. A number of scenes were actually filmed on Lafayette Street.
Above is a rooftop shot of the Puck Building, as captured from atop 270 Lafayette, with Raphael practicing his ninja moves.
Punk kid Danny jumps from his dad’s car on Lafayette Street, where we see Noho Star in the backdrop.
He then runs down to catch the uptown 6 at the Bleecker entrance near the corner of Mulberry.