New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: Girls

July 10, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Kent Avenue.

Attention Greenpointers!

May 17, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Culture War, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

(OR: “Girls” wants girls— and the rest of you to move your cars)

The New York Observer writes:

From an official Girls casting notice posted to Backstage.com, we now know what “hipster” typecasting looks like:

Seeking—Hipster Types: male and female, 18-30s, all ethnicities, all types, specifically seeking people with tattoos, piercings, colored hair, and unique looks. Young Adult (ages 18-29), Thirties (ages 30-39). Caucasian/White, African-American/Black, Latin/Hispanic/South American, Asian, Native American (!!! — Ed. Note), European, Middle Eastern, Indian/South Asian, Other.

Truth be told, I really hate going after low-hanging fruit like such as this— but “Europeans”?!? I just about shot Zywiec out of my nose reading that corker. Perhaps “Girls” will spot a few when they film in “Little Poland” tomorrow? That’s right, Greenpointers. Tomorrow. May 18th, 2012.

The areas impacted are:

  1. Manhattan Avenue between Java and Green Street and
  2. India Street between Manhattan Avenue and Franklin Street.

The tow trucks show up at 2:00 p.m. Why not leave a curricula vitae and a headshot on your dashboard, Garden Spotters?

New York Shitty Day Ender: Know Your Rights

A few more film shoots in the north Brooklyn area have been brought to my attention via a tipster. They are as follows:

1. The “Good Wife” will be filming “exterior scenes” at 50 Bayard Street (between Union and Lorimer Street) on Thursday, August 4, 2001 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

2. The “Good Wife” will be filming interior scenes at 287 North Henry Street (between Meserole Avenue and Norman Avenue) August 4, 2011. The estimated time is 4:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

3. My good friend, “Girls”, will be filming on Harrison Place between Stewart Avenue and Gardiner Avenue AND 220 Ingraham Street August 5, from 6:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.

4. “Girls” will also be occupying my corner of north Brooklyn (that being north ‘Point) August 4th and 5th:

  • “Exterior scenes” at 193 Meserole Avenue, between 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (estimated)
  • “Exterior scenes” at 104 India Street, between 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. On August 4th only.

As some of you might recall I took umbrage at a “legal notice” posted by a “Girls” film crew recently. This:

A thoughtful commenter brought this to my attention: New York State’s “Right of Publicity Law”, Article 5, subsection 50.

Know your rights, folks. Better yet: exercise them!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Photo du Jour, Part II: I Beg Your Pardon

It’s been awhile since yours truly has posted material pertaining to the film industry’s affection for my community. Thankfully today I got a much-needed reminder. As you can deduce from the above missive (which is located on Bedford Avenue at Manhattan Avenue),  shooting “on location”  is not merely about,  well,  location:  it apparently also includes the citizenry contained therein. Note how the “general vicinity”  seems to include a bus stop. This puts people (some of whom I would presume need to ride the bus in order to go to work or otherwise go about their daily lives) in a very interesting predicament:  do they stay and therefore  “consent”  to being filmed/monetized or do they go elsewhere?

Miss Heather

P.S.:  Is this legal? I really want to know.

Spotted On McGuinness Boulevard: Fed Up

May 25, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Can I honestly say I am surprised by this sullen missive? No, I am not. This Greenpointers versus film crew situation has been brewing for some time. Does anyone reading this post have the scoop as to whom is behind this campaign? If so, please share via comments or email at missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com. Your identity will remain anonymous if you so desire. Thanks!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Question Of The Day

March 10, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Have you ever asked yourself what is the difference between Greenpoint and the Ninth Ward of New Orleans other than, say, the latter was pulverized by a cataclysmic force of nature? If so, today I learned the answer.

According to a scouting agent for HBO, apparently nothing.

Miss Heather

P.S.: I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I saw this.

UPDATE, March 11, 2010: It has been brought to my attention by several folks that Treme will be shooting footage in Greenpoint that will actually depict New York City. I know, I know. I’m just as surprised as you are. Especially in light of the fact a substantial part our fair nabe’s  waterfront has been given a make-over so as to imitate Atlantic City and there are in fact parts of Greenpoint that look like they have been on the business end of the wrath of god. You can read more by clicking here and here.

New York Shitty Day Ender: CONFIRMED!

May 6, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

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Remember the post I wrote this weekend about 37 Commercial Street possibly being the site of a film shoot? This afternoon I received another inquiry about it from a reader we’ll call Christo (who took the above photograph). He writes:

Water feed. Building site? Movie set?

Most decidedly the latter! On a lark (and wishing to put the speculation to rest once and for all) I popped over to the Department of Buildings web site. Here’s what I found.

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Yes folks it would appear the rumors are in fact true. HBO will filming what I would presume to be the upcoming miniseries Boardwalk Empire right here in Greenpoint. What’s more they will be building a boardwalk. Perhaps we should entrust these folks with building the manifold number of other “waterfront spaces” we have been promised? I’d wager they’ll get ’em knocked out faster than our city will!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Synchronicity

May 3, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

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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:

Hey,

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.

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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

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