Orange is the New Black (second season coming soon!), based on the memoirs of Park Slope resident Piper Kerman, films mostly at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, just one floor above the Sesame Street set. The creation of the prison set as explained in this video are meant to shape the world of Litchfield, but the show also focuses on life outside of the prison, both in real time and in flashbacks. These are a few of the interesting locations they have put to use.
Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury
This prison also makes an appearance in the film Blow, with Johnny Depp. Image Source: News Times.
As reported by The Atlantic Cities, Keir Clarke has been building a Yahoo! Autocomplete Map, showing search suggestions when you type in a city, state or country. The results range from funny to random, often a pretty choice insult: “New Jersey is a dump,” “Delaware is the worst state,” “Louisiana is a third world country,” “Philadelphia is ugly,” “Detroit is crap,” “Washington is Hollywood for Ugly People,” “Chicago is so two years ago.”
With the advent of Netflix (and the interim stage, Redbox), the neighborhood video store has been rapidly disappearing. But right at the beginning of Bedford Avenue in Greenpoint is the Film Noir Video Store, a small one-room shop that’s been in business for nine years. Owner Will Malitek says that Film Noir is “dedicated to classic and obscure music and movies” and on our recent visit, it was abundantly clear he is equally versed in both. The narrator of this short video on Film Noir describes the shop as a “Definite destination. You can come in and have a conversation about good film and music,” which is exactly what we experienced.
Our favorite quirky library dedicated to the arcane, the bizarre and the morbid is outgrowing its space in Gowanus and hoping to expand. The Morbid Anatomy Library may be known for its collection of antique medical models and pickled baby animals in jars, but it has the potential to be much more.
The library’s organizers want to expand it into a full-fledged museum, complete with a café, gift shop, rotating exhibition space and residencies for artists and scholars from all over the world who will come here to study obscure topics. The library’s blog explains, “The Morbid Anatomy Museum will be full-fledged non-profit institutions dedicated to the arcane, the uncanny, and that which falls between the cracks of discussion and display. It will take as its inspiration 19th century anatomical museums, eccentric private collections, dime museums and the studies of gentleman collectors.” (more…)
The football team practiced in Yankee Stadium. Here is the stadium in the 1930s, via Wikimedia Commons
The New York Yankees Football team lived a short life from 1946 to 1948. They played their home games at Yankee Stadium, but their last game, on December 4th 1948, was against the Chicago Rockets at Soldier Field in Chicago. Despite their short life span, the New York Yankees actually won most of their games. For a full list of all their games, see here.
Recently, we took you inside the music shop Retrofret in Gowanus which specializes in rare and bizarre instruments. What we didn’t share with you yet is that one floor below, connected to Retrofret is an organ workshop! The shop not only repairs organs for such venerable churches as Trinity Wall Street and St. Thomas on 5th Avenue and 53rd Street, but used to build them from scratch too.