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Filming Bklyn: No Autographs Please

Today when we were headed out of our building for a stroll and run a couple 8:00 am errands, our most productive time of the day, a CBS production crew was filming in front of our lobby.  We know the routine.  Lots of filming is done in our ‘hood.  We waited patiently to the side of the lobby, the scene wrapped, then the motion ’all clear’ was given and we headed out of the building.  We were then shuffled to the side to avoid the actors’ “space”.  Who can’t resist being a little bit of a lookie loo.  I glanced over to see who was in the shoot, trying to act like I was looking at something else, and didn’t recognize anyone.  I guess they wanted to feel like big stars, therefore shuffled us to the side.  Oh well, may check out the new series they’re shooting, Golden Boy, to see our building’s debut, however it is not the building’s first debut.  Our building is getting quite use to the lime light!  Not too long ago we were watching a CSI episode and in the background there She was, our building!  Fun to see.  Sorry, but no autographs please.

Our neighborhood has a lot of filming throughout the year.  We have a diner down the street that has been in countless movies, TV shows and commercials.  Every now and then we’ll be watching a move or something on TV, and say “I think that’s the diner!’  The most recent big screen filming was Men in Black 3.  When they were filming we watched, from the sidewalk, while trying to get a peek through the windows of illuminating set lights, a scene with Will Smith and Josh Brolin in the diner, and then, we looked on, as Will Smith zoomed by our building filming some high speed chase.  Very cool!  Sorry, but no autographs please.

I am sure Brooklyn is probably a little less expensive than Manhattan to shoot, a little less traffic, a little more gritty, more room for production crews, and home to a diner hot-spot for filming which our building happens to be a stone’s throw away from!!

Check out some of the photos we took, on our errand stroll, from today’s neighborhood shoot…

Lights, camera, action!  The production crews usually change the area a little – sometimes our street signs are changed to different names, addresses changes, the name of buildings change and sometimes the areas around the buildings change.  Today it looks like the only things changed at La Esquina are the diner sign and name.

Always tons of equipment and always impressed on how organized all that stuff seems.  Maybe they can give me some tips on organizing toys!

No parking!  Ouch.  Cones are put out and the trucks are taking over.  Trees are posted with yellow papers: “No parking! Filming in the works.”  Parking restrictions are all over the city – filming notices on tress and poles, always a New York driver’s nightmare!

Trailers and dressing rooms moving in! Natasha who? I’m sure it’s code for Angelina? Natalie? Scarlett? or Julia? Ok, maybe not this time, but with our building’s fame, I’m sure something has to be in the works!  Please no autographs. ;)

Have you debuted in something - TV show, background extra, newspaper, school paper, recital, play or know someone whose had a little lime light?  Please share!  Who do I know…my building!  Ha!

Until next ride,

Amy

Artsy Brooklyn

 

Williamsburg, Brooklyn is definitely known for its art and artsy inhabitants!  When we first moved to this neighborhood, I wasn’t sure if I would embrace the artwork, in which many, very many buildings around us had, but over the last 3 years I have grown to appreciate and love what makes this neighborhood so special.  This morning Maddie and I took a walk, before the heat wave set in, and here are some of the fun, vibrant and always changing artsy charm that makes up this family friendly neighborhood we call home!

Lets take a walk…

 

 

This is on the side of an elementary school a few blocks from our apartment.  Love the color and child friendly design…We Love Art!

We found this octopus a few more blocks away and its tentacles covered the entire front side of this business.  I couldn’t get the entire shot, but this design was quite impressive!

We kept walking and found this advertisement for a TV show starting soon.  This mural section on Bedford Avenue feels like it changes every couple of weeks.  Mural artists get a lot of work in our neighborhood, that’s for sure!!

Still walking.  Heat and humidity are starting to set in.  This was just painted on the outside of this restaurant to advertise how it looks on the other side of this wall.  Cool idea!  We better start winding our way back home before we melt…

On our way back we found these cute giraffes.  Nice to see child friendly artwork across the street from a kids park.

Just a few feet away we found this one.  I think it was Maddie’s favorite.  She actually stopped and looked at it.

This type of ornate mural is common in our area.  There were two murals side by side, but the other mural was less kid friendly.  I will leave it at that!  So, no snap shot of that one today!  Probably in another week or two it will be something else.  Almost home, but first a quick snack break, from all this walking.

I just love these beach style murals!  Makes me miss California.  We are now three blocks from our apartment.  As you can see there is quite the variety of artwork in our neighborhood.  Don’t let the barbwire in this shot scare you away.  We love visitors!!  This is a very safe place to live with lots of urban charm!  Hope you enjoyed walking with us today.

What is something in your neighborhood you really enjoy and it adds charm?  I would love to hear about it.

Until next ride,

Amy

Stroller vs Subway

How I love the NYC subway!  An underground world that has the oldest and most extensive transportation system in the world, with newspaper stands, quick-bite vendors, small shops, coffee and flower stands, precincts, street performers and the occasional filming.  The underground world has the same hustle and bustle as the world just a few feet above.

During my BC days (lets refer to it as before child and AC as after child) in the underground world I would scurry up and down the long subway stairways, breeze through turnstiles, run to catch the subway, squeeze through the subway doors before they would shut, then slither my way through a crowded subway car saying, ‘sorry, sorry’ (New Yorkers tend to say sorry rather than excuse me) if it was crowded.  And, I loved every bit of it.

Something not so glamorous about the underground world, watching other mothers carry their baby and stroller up and down the long busy subway stairways.  They looked exhausted, hot, tired and it honestly looked like grueling work.  At the time I thought, never me, no way, won’t ever happen!

Now, here I am 7 years later, with a sweet little baby and a stroller, living in Brooklyn, and a strong will to get into Manhattan!  Only one stop from Brooklyn to Manhattan, 5 minutes to Union Square and fifteen minutes to Soho!  Will the stroller stop me from riding the subway?  Or, will I have a whole new respect and understanding for the subway stroller mom?

Today we took the subway and this is what it was like… [Read more...]

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