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 for the much-anticipated Netflix feature film, The Irishman. Shooting is set to commence next week.
The Irishman is billed as a “classic” mob movie focusing on the disappearance of union boss Jimmy Hoffa. Martin Scorsese is at the helm of the project, directing Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, and Joe Pesci. Filming began back in August and will continue through December. Expect its release on Netflix sometime in 2018.
This is not the first time that the junction of Orchard and Broome Streets – what we call the museum block – was retrofitted for film. The grand cosplay is reminiscent of the turn-of-the-century scene created here four years ago for the Showtime series, The Knick.