Diamond (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Brighton Beach native and international superstar Neil Diamond is returning to home turf this weekend, where he’ll be filming scenes for an upcoming documentary about his life.
Diamond, 73, will film scenes on the beach on Saturday between 3:30pm and 5:00pm.
The crew of the documentary “Neil Diamond – One Night Only” is putting a small wooden bench on the sand, and the singer will sit with Welsh actor and TV presentor Rob Brydon. It’ll all be very romantic, we’re sure.
Diamond is one of Brighton Beach’s most famous residents, having attended Abraham Lincoln High School and lived over a Brighton Beach Avenue butcher shop. His years in the neighborhood gave him an appreciation for owning nice homes, apparently.
As well as his studio, he owns a place in LA, a cabin in Colorado and an apartment in New York.
‘Even though I can’t afford any of them, what money I have goes into those things. I grew up over a butcher’s store, so having them is very important to me. I need that security, but I also like having a nice home that I can bring people to. Growing up, I could never bring my school friends home because I was too embarrassed.’
… ‘Our place was beneath modest,’ says Diamond. ‘I took my son back there recently to show him where I spent my formative years and he couldn’t believe the bedroom. I shared it with my brother (Harvey) and it was about the size of a closet – there was only room for the bed, so you had to crawl in and out from the front of it.
‘Because we lived above a butcher’s store, there were a lot of mice and the traps were going off all the time. But it was fine. In Brooklyn, you didn’t live in your home – you lived on the streets, playing stick ball with your friends. Although now I find I love having my homes and my studio. I feel comfortable there.’
Back in those days, the Oceana condos just didn’t exist.
If anyone spots Neil on the beach this weekend, make sure to snag us a photo. Extra points if you catch him and Brydon canoodling on the sands.