No Direction Home

Shot Of The Day: February 7, 2017





QOTD: I never gonna break, never gonna fall
I’m never gonna crack, never gonna crawl
Know that I can, I’ll take my time
Everything I am it’s all in my mind
— Cheap Trick
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Backstory: We have an increasing number of RVs parked on the waterfront and elsewhere in Staten Island. Housing is scarce and overpriced. But those who can hang on, by any means available… — TAG

Locale: Clifton, Staten Island

Equipment: Nikon D5500 / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3 DC

 

Cheap Trick – No Direction Home: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAoZcmXddIw


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Strange Days

Shot Of The Day: February 6, 2017





QOTD: Strange days have found us. Strange days have tracked us down.
— Jim Morrison
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Backstory: I thought all of my lysergic visions were buried in the tomb of my youth. But today I awoke to find some crazy woman dressed like a nutcracker, a notorious anti-semite and the reincarnation of P.T. Barnum were (mis)leading my country. America where are you now? — TAG

Locale: The Magic Theatre (of Clifton, SINY)

Equipment: Nikon D5500 / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3 DC

 

The Doors – Strange Days: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NSz-9qqgKE


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Artificial Snow In February?

Artificial Snow On A Movie Set (2)
Photo: Thomas Altfather Good / UnionWriter.com
 
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — February 3, 2017. Members of Local 52 International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) deployed fake snow on Union Place outside the Paramount Theatre today – the last day of shooting for Marvel’s The Defenders (aka Group Therapy).

 
“Did we fool you?” one of the technicians asked.
 
Artificial Snow On A Movie Set (1)
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Winter In America

Shot Of The Day: February 4, 2017





QOTD: We are miscellaneous, we did not mean to be miscellaneous, somehow it happened.
— Gil Scott-Heron
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Backstory: It’s Winter in Staten Island. It’s Winter In America. We have a lunatic at the helm, driving this Ship Of Fools on to the rocks. God help us. Regarding the quote, which is the introduction to a song called Is That Jazz (from Gil’s live album Tour de Force): I run a group for other photogs on DeviantArt.com. I had to define categories for people to put their photos in. Okay so I did that. But my photos rarely fit into any of the standard categories and so I created a category called ‘How do you spell Miscellaneous’ – I’ll see you there.

Locale: Front Street – New York Harbour, Clifton, Staten Island
Equipment: Nikon D5500 / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3 DC

for Jeffrey Seward

 

Gil Scott-Heron – Winter In America: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGlRsjHTkbs


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Chasing The Promise

Shot Of The Day: February 3, 2017





QOTD:
Once the religious, the hunted and weary
Chasing the promise of freedom and hope
Came to this country to build a new vision
Far from the reaches of Kingdom and pope

— John Kay
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Backstory: This old Vic sits atop a hill – a monument to those who came to the U.S. for a better life. The lyric? My fave band as a wayward youth was Steppenwolf. Monster was my fave song from the band. The lyric is excellent – as is the song. ‘America, where are you now, we can’t fight alone against the Monster.’ — TAG

Locale: St. Paul’s Avenue, nee Mud Lane, Stapleton Heights

Equipment: Nikon D5500 / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3 DC

 

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Home Is Where The Art Is

Made In NY
 
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — February 1, 2017. Home is where the Art is and a number of films and television episodes that are stamped ‘Made In NY’ were actually filmed in New York’s Forgotten Borough – Staten Island.
 
The Show Must Go On
Pictured: Brendan, a member of Theatrical Teamsters Local 817
 
This is Brendan a member of Theatrical Teamsters Local 817. I met him in January when he was directing traffic – helping truck drivers park their trailers – on Union Place near the Paramount Theatre. The historic venue was used as a set for a Gotham episode that aired on January 16. On the day I shot this portrait it was being used as a set for Marvel’s ‘The Defenders’ aka ‘Group Therapy’, the working title. Brendan told me that Sigourney Weaver was one of the actors on set that day.
 
Marvel's The Defenders
Pictured: NYPD fliers used for film shoots
 
These fliers are becoming increasingly common in Staten Island. This flier notified the residents that to avoid being towed they should not park on Beach Street during filming of The Defenders / Group Therapy. Over the last several years I have added many of these fliers to my photo gallery. The majority of these fliers and shoots were discovered by pure chance: I stumbled on a number of film shoots including ‘Hair Brain’ and ‘The Girl Who Invented Kissing’ and many, many television shoots including: Gotham (Bayley Seton Hospital, Tappen Park and the Paramount Theatre); The Blacklist (Edgewater Street and Tappen Park), and; Boardwalk Empire (Dr. Ted Brown’s home on St. Paul’s Avenue, Silver Lake Park).
 
Boardwalk Empire - Kreischer Mansion (3)
Pictured: The Kreischer Mansion
 
Having met the set decorator and set up crew for Boardwalk I started watching the show and subsequently traveled to Charleston to shoot the Kreischer Mansion which was featured in the pilot episode.
 
Boardwalk Empire - Chalky White Home (3)Pictured: The Boardwalk Empire ‘home’ of villain Chalky White.

 
My daily travels take me through several neighborhoods. In Stapleton Heights I discovered the beautiful Victorian house on St. Paul’s Avenue was a location for Boardwalk Empire – it was the home of Albert “Chalky” White, one of Boardwalk’s gangsters. It must have been disruptive for owner Dr. Ted Brown to rent it out but his home is now a part of history.
 
Boardwalk Empire - 1924 Model T Ford (3)
 
Pictured: a 1924 Model T Ford used in an episode of Boardwalk Empire
 
Later that season I spotted a 1924 Model T Ford parked on Forest Avenue. Boardwalk was filming a scene in Silver Lake Park. After Boardwalk was abruptly ended (cancelled) I thought perhaps my days of photographing film shoots were over. I was wrong – it wasn’t long before I stumbled on a film shoot in Tappen Park (Stapleton proper): the movie “The Girl Who Invented Kissing” used the park as a location, installing a vintage phone booth.
 
Looking For A Kiss
Pictured: A vintage phone booth used as a prop
 
A season or two ago I photographed Gotham’s “Arkham Asylum” aka Bayley Seton Hospital in Clifton – the location used to film Penguin’s release from the “care” of Dr. Hugo Strange. Gotham has filmed several episodes in at least three locations in Stapleton, including Tappen Park.
 
Penguin Leaves Arkham - 1
Pictured: the Arkham Asylum gate – at Bayley Seton Hospital
 
The Blacklist also used Tappen Park as a location – as well as the Rosebank waterfront – where a number of warehouses, etc., were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy and still bear the scars from that encounter. Ideal locations for James Spader and friends.
 
On Location: The Blacklist (2)
Pictured: a camera operator prepares to shoot an episode of The Blacklist (Tappen Park)
 
Every location I’ve seen is surrounded by a large number of tractor trailers – Haddad’s equipment rented out to the film company. There are mobile wardrobes (on one occasion I saw the vintage clothes used in Boardwalk with the characters’ names taped on the plastic bags protecting the clothes) and dressing rooms, catering trucks, electrical generators and trucks full of props and other gear.
 
Mobile Dressing Rooms (1)
Pictured: mobile restrooms, labeled Lucy and Desi
 
It is not uncommon to see the mobile dressing rooms parked along Beach Street. During the Boardwalk Empire run Beach was used by mobile wardrobe trailers and dressing rooms, even when the shoot itself was on St. Paul’s Avenue in Stapleton Heights. That trend continues to the present day – on larger shoots one can find trailers parked along Beach, on Union Place, on Water Street and along Bay Street. ABC’s The Defenders shoots in particular feature many trailers, literally surrounding Tappen Park.
 
Mobile Dressing Rooms (2)
Pictured: mobile dressing rooms
 
Paramount Theatre (1)
Pictured: the Paramount Theatre
 
Recent shoots feature the Paramount Theatre which has been used by both Gotham and The Defenders.
 
Paramount Theatre (2)
Pictured: a front view of the historic Paramount
 
Paramount Theatre Location
Pictured: outside the Paramount Theatre a worker coils electrical cables
 
At press time the Paramount is again hosting film crews and actors – The Defenders has obtained permits to shoot interior and exterior scenes over the course of three days: February first through the third. These shoots do inconvenience anyone who needs to park in the area and have hurt local businesses like the pan Asian restaurant ‘Bay House’ but they bring in revenue for the City and the Island and it is not a terrible thing that Staten Island is becoming known as a film friendly borough. After all, Home is where the Art is…
 
Marvel's 'The Defenders' on Location (1)
Pictured: inside the Paramount carpenters build sets (shoot: The Defenders)

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