The cast and crew of Law & Order: SVU arrived on the shores of Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) yesterday, turning the school into a Coast Guard base – and the site of a murder investigation.
Michael Goldstein, the school’s director of Enrollment Marketing and Public Outreach, tipped us off to the shoot, which used several interior and exterior locations on the campus.
The episode revolves around a murder on a Coast Guard base. It’s not totally implausible – the school used to be a military base and was the location of the Sheepshead Bay Merchant Marine Naval Base in the 1940s. Many of its “T” buildings were once barracks that have been repurposed as classrooms and administrative buildings.
Building on that, Goldstein said the producers put some extra touches to bring the base to life.
“We had about 50 extras dressed in Coast Guard uniforms, two SUV’s with Coast Guard insignias, and they made up the whole college including the North Gate and T-7 building” to look the part, Goldstein said. He added that they built a brig/jail cell as well, as shown in the accompanying photos.
“It’s history repeating itself, from the Sheepshead Bay Merchant Marine Naval Base of the 40′s to today,” he mused.
Most of the show’s star cast members were on hand, including Ice-T, Mariska Hargitay and Dan Florek, and took photos with students and faculty.
I’m just peeved I missed two opportunities: 1) to fulfill my dream of being an extra on SVU and 2) to pitch a new spin-off series, Law & Order: Munch.
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More than 100 people gathered yesterday to gawk at Hollywood using our neighborhood as the backdrop for a “battle in an urban wasteland.” The big budget film Cymbeline stars Ethan Hawke, Mila Jovovich and Ed Harris in a modern-day retelling of the William Shakespeare play of the same name. Only Hawke and Harris were on-scene yesterday, filming a shootout that climaxed with the explosion of a cop car.
Most of the people stood around for hours as set guys milled about, readying props and preparing shots, for what ultimately turned out to be little more than a few minutes of actual action. A shootout was filmed in the morning. Then they recorded a few blasts ripping into the windshield of the cop car. Ed Harris, rifle in hand, took a few attempts to lob a grenade under the cop car while standing in the doorway of the Burger King (2481 Knapp Street). Finally, the day ended after the car’s doors and hood were rigged with explosives and blasted off just after 5:00 p.m.
Some spectators stood around after the show and got to see Ethan Hawke strut around. He spent most of the day inside the Burger King’s interior, which we’re told was revamped for the movie. They made no changes to the exterior or Knapp Street to make it look like a wasteland. Go figure.
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Sheepshead Bay and other parts of Southern Brooklyn are quickly becoming a fashionable place for Hollywood types to film their movies. The latest movie filming our streets is Cymbeline, a modern-day adaptation of the William Shakespeare classic, not the Pink Floyd song.
The movie, directed by Michael Almereyda, stars the likes of Ethan Hawke, Mila Jovovich and Ed Harris and will be filming scenes this Thursday and Friday on Knapp Street between Avenue X and Avenue Y. Shooting will also take place on Avenue Y between Knapp Street and Bringham Street. One scene will be shot at the Burger King (2481 Knapp Street). Here is the description of the scene from the event notice issued:
I E BURGER KING
2481 KNAPP STREET, Brooklyn (Interior Exterior)
Description: A battle in urban wasteland btwn a biker gang and local police. Various interior-exterior scenes in small empty burger king and surrounding private parking lot 3 Picture Squad Cars, 8 motorcycles. prop guns, handcuffs and ak47. flame bars and smokers. Prop cadaver smolders on gurney. The Interiors and Exteriors are happening simultaneously as the battle engulfs the closed burger king . The entire company will be staging on the private exterior parking lot on premises of the closed burger kingP
Pretty cool, but also kind of sad that the local Burger King on Knapp Street might easily double for a scene set in an “urban wasteland.” Still, it is interesting how much Hollywood activity has come to the area in recent months, drawing in the likes of Bill Murray, Jason Clarke and even the Spider-Man 2 crew in Bensonhurst. If anyone near the site catches some interesting photos or runs into a celebrity, please share them with us!
Who would have guessed that Marv Albert, one of America’s most famous and distinguished sports broadcasters, is a Brighton Beach native?
Albert, who is set to call the action for the Nets’ inaugural game in Brooklyn against the New York Knicks next week, reflects on his childhood growing up in Brighton Beach in a fascinating piece at NBA.com.
Albert, who pined nostalgically about his days attending Brooklyn Dodger games and playing stickball in the Brighton and Manhattan Beach neighborhoods he grew up in, is excited to see professional sports return to Brooklyn after a 50-plus year absence.
“It has a lot of meaning to me as someone that grew up in Brooklyn, and then broadcast the Knicks for 37 years and the Nets for 5 years,” said Albert, in a Monday conference call. “Just to see the reaction and how it’s been received, I just think it’s going to be a smash hit all around – not only the basketball.”
The first game is set to kick off on November 1 at the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, and you can hear Marv call the action at 7 p.m. on TNT.
Renowned chef, author, and Travel Channel superstar Anthony Bourdain is wrapping up his 50th tour of Planet Earth by landing in Sheepshead Bay.
The Travel Channel just released a preview of the hotly anticipated No Reservations series finale by showing Anthony ordering extra “cheez” for his roast beef sandwich at Roll-N-Roaster (2901 Emmons Avenue).
The clip captures the running gag of New Jersey-born and Manhattan-based Bourdain’s complete ignorance of Brooklyn cuisine, a theme visited many times in the series’ run.
As we reported this June, Bourdain filmed the last scene of the soon to be last episode of the show at Jay and Lloyds at 2718 Avenue U.
Bourdain is famous for visiting every obscure culinary hotspot, from Paris to Mozambique, so as a fan, I admit it’s always exciting to see Bourdain land at a restaurant you’ve actually been too. In fact, its a thrill I’ve personally only gotten to experience once before, during this last season, when Anthony hit Harry’s Cafe de Wheels Famous in Sydney, Australia, an excellent little hot dog and meat pie stand I frequented often in a recent trip.
Rod Roddenberry (Source: Google+ Profile)
Clean, dive, and rock out where no one has cleaned, dived, or rocked out before at Kaiser Park on Saturday, October 20.
The “Beneath the Sea Waterfront Celebration and Coastal Clean-Up” event brings together partners from the Avenue P Project, Beneath the Sea, Inc., Brooklyn Community Board 13, City Parks Foundation Coastal Classroom, Cultural Research Divers, John Dewey High School, The New York City Aquarium, Partnerships for Parks Catalyst Program and the Roddenberry Dive Team for a massive day long extravaganza of fun, education, sports, music, and entertainment.
The day’s events listed on the Kaiser Park Facebook event page include the beach cleanup, scuba diving and hard-hat diving, marine education exhibits and demonstrations, art exhibits, arts and craft activities like pumpkin painting, robots that go underwater, waterfront walking tour, football clinic, and music.
Best of all, you get to meet WABC Weatherman Bill Evans and the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, Rod! We’re not sure how many Star Trek questions Rod Roddenberry can answer, but he is the leader of the famed Roddenberry Dive Team, which figures to be a key focus of the events activities.
Hey, look, it's all three Olsen sisters! (P.S. - We're horrible people.)
A few weeks ago we reported on the filming of the 2013 movie “Very Good Girls,” which will be shot in Brighton Beach over the next few weeks.
Producers for the film recently announced that stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen will not be going naked for the movies’ beach scene and will be holding a casting call for body doubles on Monday, July 16 in Brooklyn. The body doubles will be given clothing to cover their fronts, but will be seen “bare back all the way down, top and bottom” while on Brighton Beach.
According to producers, “submits must have great bodies and not be too sun tanned.”
So if you’ve got a stick-figure body and the skin tone of a vampire, this may be your ticket to the big time!
Elizabeth Olsen (Source: ElizabethOlsen.com)
Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning will be walking around the streets of Brighton Beach as Hollywood comes to Brooklyn with the filming of “Very Good Girls,” a movie all about two high school graduates, their summer, and the loss of their virginity.
Grab your binoculars and seek out those blonde heads! You may just see them if they don’t turn sideways!
The film, which started filming last week, is directed and written by Naomi Foner, according to IMDb.
The title “Very Good Girls,” seems to speak for itself. The movie involves two 18-year-old girls, played by Fanning and Olsen, who make a pact to lose their virginity during the summer after they graduate from high school. Yet both girls begin to fall in love with the same man, a street artist, and for the first time, their friendship is in jeopardy.
“This is a very real story of two best friends, about a real and very raw relationship, and the healthy way that young women interact with each other,” Olsen told the L.A. Times. Olsen said that this movie is more realistic than others involving teenage girls.
The film will be released in 2013. The precise date is still unknown.
The movie will be filmed in Brighton Beach over the next few weeks, so look out and see if you spot them filming!
Travel Channel foodie Anthony Bourdain announced over the weekend that he had finished filming the final episode of his highly successful “No Reservations” TV show, and he chose local staple Jay & Lloyds at 2718 Avenue U to wrap up the show’s run.
Bourdain will be moving from from the Travel Channel to host a weekly show on CNN next year, according to the New York Post.
“I’m really looking forward to coming over to CNN. I think the world is going to get a whole lot bigger for me,” said Bourdain in a CNN release. “I hope that old fans and new ones will be excited about what’s coming down the road.”
He later tweeted that he’s excited to travel to “Congo? Libya? Finally?”
Looks like pastrami on rye in Sheepshead Bay is no match for the fare available in war-torn Africa. Or, heck, maybe he was trying to get a bite of some of the city’s best pastrami before chowing down on tarantulas and dung-beetles.
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Of all the famous people who grew up in Sheepshead Bay, the one I’d like to interview most is Larry David.
Actor, writer, director and producer, the dour David is, alas, a hard man to pin down. He is notoriously averse to interviews.
Keep reading to find out what Larry David had to say about Sheepshead Bay.