The Netflix Original Series The Get Down, brings the birth of the Hip Hop movement to life. Set in the summer of 1977 in the South Bronx, the series highlights the tense social climate of a decaying New York City, and the emergence of one of the most creative periods in American history.
The show focuses on Bronx high schooler Ezekiel “Zeke” Figuero, played by actor Justice Smith, and his group of neighborhood friends as they navigate their way through a broken city and stumble into the world of Hip Hop. Although most of the characters in the series are fictional and many locations are now gone, executive producer Baz Luhrmann does his best to pay homage to the era by selecting pivotal people of both the Hip Hop and street art movement, as well as using archival footage of New York City during that time. According to a Yahoo! interview with producer Nelson George, about 50% was filmed in the Bronx and the rest in a factory in Queens. Regardless, the show does a great job in telling the surprisingly unknown story of how Hip Hop came into the scene.
Here is a look at some historical film locations and settings so far seen in The Get Down:
Located on Saint Anne’s Avenue in the Bronx, St. Mary’s Park is a 35-acre park is a spot frequented by Zeke and his friends, known for being the hang out for high schoolers in the 1970s. According to producer Nelson George, it was an especially popular spot for those who would skip class.