TV/Film

Finding the Lower East Side in TNT’s ‘The Alienist’

Posted January 26, 2018 at 5:14 am

An Alienist. That person you see once every two weeks to regulate your NYC-driven anxiety medication, aka the 19th century nickname for doctors who studied mental health. (Mental health patients felt alienated from those with tangible illnesses and generally were alienated, forced to live in institutions and asylums.) TNT took one of my all time […]

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Flight of the Conchords Working on a ‘Little Something’ for HBO

Posted January 9, 2018 at 5:03 am

It’s business time. After years of teasers and rumors dancing around a Flight of the Conchords return, fans may be in for a treat. No, not of the sugar lumps variety, but any FOTC revival is a highly anticipated one. On Friday, Jemaine Clement, revealed at FX’s Television Critics Association press day that he and […]

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Early ’00s LES Rock History ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ will be Adapted into Docu-series

Posted December 15, 2017 at 5:17 am

You may have seen this… New York’s beloved gritty indie musc scene circa 2000s is getting a second life, through a four-hour docu-series. That’s right, the resurgence is a visual retelling based on Lizzy Goodman’s 600-page oral history called Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock & Roll in NYC 2001-2011. The documentary will […]

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Woody Allen’s Ode to Coney Island Comes Out Today

Posted December 1, 2017 at 5:05 am

Here’s a chance to glimpse Coney Island in its halcyon days, courtesy of Woody Allen. If you missed Wonder Wheel at the closing of this year’s New York Film Festival, you don’t have to wait any longer to dive into the kaleidoscopic sights and sounds of the beloved amusement park. It’s out today. Allen has […]

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Martin Scorsese Spent His 75th Birthday Filming ‘The Irishman’ in the Cold Night

Posted November 20, 2017 at 5:12 am

On the occasion of his 75th birthday, Martin Scorsese spent Friday evening on the not-so-mean streets of the Lower East Side. Filming the much-hyped film for Netflix, The Irishman. (The crew all sported big buttons reading “I’m a friend of Marty Scorsese” to celebrate his age milestone.) For twelve hours, the corner Orchard and Broome […]

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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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‘Stranger Things’ Lights up Delancey Street

Posted October 17, 2017 at 5:09 am

It’s T-minus ten days until Stranger Things returns for a second season. Last week, an intricate billboard of same appeared at the mouth of the Williamsburg Bridge on Delancey Street. Above the low-rise retail strip that houses Coco bubble tea and the endangered Happy Wok Chinese restaurant, among others. The advert includes profile cutouts of the […]

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The Metrograph Exhumes Stephen King Films for New October Scarefest

Posted October 12, 2017 at 5:08 am

Stephen King fans are in for a real treat this month. If floating through the recent rendition of It: Chapter One wasn’t enough to satiate the fear palate, well, fear not. The bard of horror who has kept us up walking the floors at night is returning to the silver screen once again. Locally. The Metrograph […]

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