Manhattan Avenue Photos Du Jour: Happy 4th of July!

June 10, 2009 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


This morning when I headed out for my daily constitutional I quickly sensed something was amiss.


Namely that Manhattan Avenue north of Freeman Street is celebrating— or preparing to celebrate— the 4th of July. In June.






Those of you who are wondering what is going on (and have not noticed the multitude of notices), a forthcoming film by Columbia pictures entitled The Bounty* will be filming a parade scene (replete with stunts, oh joy!) here on Monday, June 15th through Wednesday June 17th from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


How the hell this got approved without a public outcry is beyond me. But in any case those of you who have the misfortune of relying upon the B61 or B43 for your daily commute (and I imagine there are quite a few) might want to start planning accordingly.


In the plus column it would appear this endeavor has netted some business for the community. Like this float in the works I stumbled upon at Kings Studios on Moultrie Street.

Miss Heather

*Which will star Jennifer Aniston, among others. Including Gerard Butler. Not to be confused with this Jerry Butler or this one. Apparently this Butler is some seriously HOT SHIT. Who knew? I wouldn’t; I’m married and don’t give a damn. But rest assured I’ll charge these broads serious cash money to camp on my roof.


3 Comments on Manhattan Avenue Photos Du Jour: Happy 4th of July!

  1. bleibtreu on Thu, 11th Jun 2009 1:13 pm
  2. I know someone who is working on this film, so I can say that it won’t interfere, at least too much, with the B61, since they can only block Manhattan north of Freeman. They wanted access further south, but were denied for exactly that reason: the B61. The B43, though, will be rerouted. That far up, of course, it’s pretty much empty anyway.

    The foot chase should be pretty crazy. Jumping from rooftop to rooftop, then off a roof by swinging off the fire escape. Construction cranes will be used to hold the stunt guys’ safety harnesses.

    There will be a few hundred extras as the parade-viewing crowd, floats, a roaring blaze… should be fun to watch happen for anyone who can make it, in spite of the inconvenience it will cause for some. And a bunch of shop owners, landlords, and tenants will be handed some easy money.

  3. rowan on Thu, 11th Jun 2009 3:51 pm
  4. the B61 is turning onto India Street instead. the driver politely honked this morning so we could all run over and get the bus. i was wondering why the detour but now i have the answer šŸ˜€

    and of course i got to see the lovely L Haus and giant rat in all it’s glory.

  5. bleibtreu on Thu, 11th Jun 2009 4:33 pm
  6. That’s odd. Haven’t been up there yet today, are they actually doing anything as far south as Green?

    A few days ago because of construction down there, the B61 wasn’t making that turn, but was going all the way up to Commercial, making a left, then a left on Box (completing a triangle), back to Manhattan and turning right… then down to Green to make a left instead of a right, and completing the route. Of course they couldn’t do that now with this stuff farther up Manhattan.

    But while that was in place, they had a service alert about it on the website. There’s nothing there now, when it seems more important because the India St. turn means missing a stop.

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