In Season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Lillian the landlord becomes obsessed with gentrification– even if she only recently added it to her vocabulary. “I miss the old days,” she tells Titus, “When the longest word I knew was friggin’Giuliani.”
Lillian is determined to keep East Dogmouth “weird and dangerous,” but there are endless signs of gentrification in the neighborhood, from the parade of joggers pushing strollers to the opening of East Dogmouth Art Space. Not only does the performance space have the audacity to offer an “open tables DJ night,” but its owners painted over a long-standing mural of Biggie Smalls. “Now how are we supposed to remember he’s dead?” whines Lillian as she marvels at the disconcertingly unblemished roll-down gate. “Twenty-four hours and not one graffito. What a disgrace.”
Vinyl, the Scorsese-Jagger production we’ve been looking forward to with bated coke-breath ever since it filmed in the East Village, finally hit HBO last night with an epic two-hour episode, and the critical reaction has been pretty much love it or hate it. Even if you’re with the East Village’s own Richard Hell in the latter camp, you’re probably going to watch at least another episode or two, just to bask/wallow in the ambience of the early-’70s New York City music scene. So here are some fun facts about the show that we’ve culled from around the net, and from our own archives. More →
We don’t always go to midtown, but when we do, we come back with photos from the set of David Simon’s new HBO pilot about the ’70s porn industry. The Deuce has lined West 30th Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, with vintage cars, and has transformed 242 West 30th into an old-school Korean restaurant. We didn’t spot the pilot’s stars, James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, but we did get an eyeful of vintage phone booths and mailboxes. We haven’t seen those since… well, Scorsese’s HBO show. All very authentic except for those ’70s-era trash piles, which upon closer inspection contained copies of this week’s newspapers. Don’t worry, Dave, we won’t tell.
If you were bopping around the East Village in the summer of 2012, there’s a good chance you’ll catch yourself in the background of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, which filmed in the neighborhood that August and just hit Netflix. Ned Benson’s trilogy about a married couple’s separation following the death of their child isn’t just a unique cinematic experiment — it’s also worth watching if you’ve ever had a relationship play out between East Houston and 14th Street.
We didn’t spot Lena Dunham when Girls filmed at Café Mogador in Williamsburg this morning — though, as you can (barely) see above, we did spot Zosia Mamet wearing a cute blue-and-white printed dress and Ugg boots, her hair newly shorn into a bob. More →
At Beauty & Essex, filming took place today for the new ABC series Irreversible (Photos: Jenna Marotta)
Before production on the new Richard Gere film rolls into the East Village, a pair of TV comedy pilots shot interior scenes nearby today.
Over at Beauty & Essex on the Lower East Side, filming is underway for the David Schwimmer vehicle Irreversible. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Friends actor and Sixth Street resident will produce and star in the semi-improvised series on ABC, a reworking of BiltiHafich, the most-watched original comedy on Israeli TV. Here is the trade magazine’s breakdown of Schwimmer’s character. More →
I never noticed the fine print that appears on many of the “No Parking” signs (all?) posted by film studios, but the brightly colored laminated posters themselves had been decorating my neighborhood with an increasing frequency as shows like Girls and Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick found homes on the north side of Greenpoint. More →
Where there’s a cone car, there is Louis CK. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)
Now that Breaking Bad is dunzo and Girls won’t be back till who knows when, you’re probably wondering whether you should just sell your couch. DO NOT. After a little break, Louie is back next spring, and here’s proof: signs up on David Schwimmer’s East Sixth Street block and around the corner on First Avenue indicate that Pig Newton is filming in the area tomorrow. Pretty sneaky of Louis CKto use the name of his production company instead of the name of the show (he clearly learned some stealth filming techniques from Woody), but no way was this going to get by us (the name of his production company, after all, is also one of his best bits). More →