‘The Knick’ Bringing Barrels, Wagons, and Dirt Roads But Irks Neighbors

Posted on: November 6th, 2013 at 6:04 am by
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The transformation is complete.

Welcome to the fictional Lower East Side, circa 1900. Yesterday was the final day of set preparations on the model block of Orchard Street for The Knick. And in addition to the plethora of fake storefronts, we now have wagons, barrels, haystacks, and PAs are currently raking dirt onto both Orchard and Broome. What’s next? Well, Clive Owen and Steve Soderbergh will play here today and tomorrow.

In related news, not everyone is happy with the neighborhood takeover. One resident is specifically irked about the production’s temporary removal of bicycles from the street. Apparently it happened a day early and without proper translation into local languages (i.e. Spanish, Chinese). This handwritten response to the announcement of bike retrieval locations is fairly pointed:

What if the bike owner doesn’t read English? You haven’t given him a clue that this is for him. That’s what happens when you come into a neighborhood and take charge. Like checkpoint soldiers in Iraq who killed a whole family because they hadn’t learned the local hand signal for stop.

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Anger at the lack of translations into other languages

The Knick is a drama about doctors and nurses at the Knickerbocker Hospital in Harlem, set around 1900.

If you nab any choice shots of the filming, send them our way.

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