The Walk, a film by Robert Zemeckis and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt tells the story of tight rope walker Philippe Petit who gave New Yorkers a 45-minute performance atop a wire between the original World Trade Center towers on the morning of August 7th, 1974. The subject of an impressive Academy Award-wining documentary, Man on Wire, Petit will get the big screen treatment in The Walk, which opens on September 30th. While the story is amazingly true, the promotional poster, featuring star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit, gets one major detail wrong: the location of the Twin Towers. The World Trade Center towers are placed in midtown Manhattan, just next to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, over 3.5 miles from where they belong on the west side of Lower Manhattan. Oops…
Dr. Louise Krasniewicz’s miniaturized ‘Rear Window’ set, on display at D. Thomas Fine Miniatures. Photo via Patch.com.
Fans of miniature sets and film locations will be excited to see that Alfred Hitchcock’s four-time Academy Award nominated Rear Window set has been miniaturized by artist and anthropologist Dr. Louise Krasniewicz. This intricate model, is on display at D. Thomas Fine Miniatures in Hastings-on-Hudson through November 25th. Designed at 1/12 the scale, the Rear Window model provides a detailed look at the fictional 1954 Greenwich Village set. The film, staring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly, follows a fictional photographer, L.B. Jeffries (Stewart), recovering from a leg injury during a New York City summer heatwave. Confined to his wheelchair, he passes the time watching his Greenwich Village neighbors.
The show Mozart in the Jungle, a commissioned series by Amazon for Prime Instant Video will return for a second season this fall starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Lola Kirke and Jason Schwartzman. Based in New York City and inspired by the book Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music, a memoir by oboe player Blair Tindall, the show is set in New York City and follows the trials and tribulations of Hailey, an oboe player and her encounters with Rodrigo, the international superstar who is the new music director and conductor of the troubled (and fictional) New York Symphony.
Beyond an entertaining, binge-worthy first season, Mozart in the Jungle features some wonderful film locations, which urban explorers will recognize. It’s clear the film scouts on this show knows their stuff about New York City and its alternative side. Here are some highlights of New York City film locations from the first season:
Rockland Psychiatric Center, Exterior Set of Orange Is The New Black
Our readers have been eating up our roundup of film locations for the hit Netflix show Orange Is the New Black, but we wanted to share more in detail about the semi-abandoned Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center, which serves as the exterior film set of Orange Is The New Black. The locale combines two of our favorite things: urban exploration and film locations. In fact, Untapped Cities reader James Garcia, a filmmaker and paranormal investigator, headed back to Orangeburg, New York this past weekend on our suggestion to capture more shots of both the set area and the creepy abandoned buildings–he’s been filming this complex for quite some time. If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll recognize many spots.
It’s amazing how “A Show About Nothing,” can mean so much to New York City. In celebration of the iconic New York City-based comedy series Seinfeld coming to Hulu, the streaming company has reconstructed Jerry’s Upper West Side apartment for a free exhibition titled “Seinfeld: The Apartment.” Starting June 24th and running until Sunday, visitors can actually go to Milk Studios at 451 W. 14th Street in Chelsea, to see, in person, a recreation of the couches, hanging bicycle, and Superman refrigerator magnet that they’ve always seen on TV. This morning, we got a sneak preview to share with you what the experience is like.
For five days between June 24 and 28th, Hulu is bringing New Yorkers into a recreation of Seinfeld’s apartment. Though the original was supposed to have been on the Upper West Side, the set will be showcased on 451 West 14th Street. The installation “Seinfeld: The Apartment” coincides with Hulu’s exclusive acquisition of streaming video rights to Seinfeld in the United States. This isn’t the first time a television show has gotten a recreation of a central set–Central Perk from Friends created lines around the block last year and the actual set from Mad Men is on display at the Museum of the Moving Image.