From The New York Shitty Inbox: Synchronicity

May 3, 2009 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


One of the things I really like about getting reader inquiries (other than getting a better sense of what you find of interest and/or concern in the community as a whole) is it frequently serves to remind to write about something that I had otherwise forgotten about. In the case of today’s post  this is the above lot, which is located on Commercial Street just west of Franklin. Sean writes:


Noticed your latest piece about 65 Commercial St.  Not sure if this is related, but lately I’ve noticed construction materials and tents arriving to the giant vacant lot between this spot and the baseball/basketball park at the very end of the street.  I saw a guy posted in there a couple wknds ago, but he had no idea what the stuff was for, he was just told to guard it.

I thought you could work your magic and find out a little more.  I’m dreaming one day this will be a park, but not optimistic.


All I had to do in the way of “magic”  to answer Sean’s question is locate a very compelling email buried in my inbox. It is written by a woman named Nika and read as follows:

Hi Miss Heather! Just thought you’d be curious to know that apparently that esteemed group is going to be in our hood. Scorsese is working on a series called Boardwalk Empire for HBO that the entire internet is calling the next Sopranos. It’s set in 1920s Atlantic City, and a nice lackey man working pre-production for the show told me they’re building a 300-foot replica of the old Atlantic City boardwalk on Franklin and Commercial. I haven’t seen any evidence of it yet, but I’m keeping my eyes peeled. Can’t even think of what exactly is out there right now. Nothing, right? Scorsese is directing the pilot, Wahlberg is producing, Buscemi is starring (along with Michael Pitt and some other folks). I have a few links to more info on tumblr… Anywhos, thanks! Love yr blog.

So there have you. Not only does it appear that something downright cool is afoot in our own backyard, but we also have a New York Shitty first: a reader question answered by an serendipitously well-timed email from another reader. Sometimes you gotta love the Internet!

Miss Heather


3 Comments on From The New York Shitty Inbox: Synchronicity

  1. AMOJA on Mon, 4th May 2009 6:08 am
  2. Oh this is fantastic for those of us on the Riviera! If one- and two-day shoots aren’t inconvenient enough, how about more permanent programming? Please, please create your own parking lot on site for the trailers, and please no on street filming. Pretty please?

  3. katbird on Mon, 4th May 2009 11:19 am
  4. Sweet! I always wondered the same thing about the area, it seems like such a great location for a real boardwalk! I also can’t believe I’m reading this today when I just saw and ad on Craigslist for a casting call for this project yesterday!

  5. cohen on Mon, 4th May 2009 1:48 pm
  6. I knew you’d get to the bottom of it! I guess if we can’t have a park anytime soon, this is kind of the next best thing. Since that plot is basically one giant parking lot, they better park their trailers there.

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