Directors have flocked to the Upper West Side this summer to film TV shows and films set in bygone eras. The most recent filming was for “Boys in the Band”, a remake of a 1970 film and recent Broadway play that will appear on Netflix. Stars include Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, and Matt Bomer, who were also the stars of the Broadway production, according to Playbill.
“The play, considered a seminal piece of queer storytelling in the 20th century, follows a group of gay men who convene in a New York City apartment for a friend’s birthday party. As the evening continues, the cracks beneath their friendships begin to show, bringing to light self-inflicted heartache and identity crises.”
They were shooting in front of Barney Greengrass on Amsterdam near 87th Street, as seen in the photo above taken by Christine Avampato in late August. It’s an appropriate spot for almost any show set in the 20th century, given that Barney Greengrass has been around since 1908.
And it wasn’t the only time vintage cars and outfits have been paraded through the neighborhood in recent weeks.
“The Plot Against America” (below) brought the 1940’s back to West 83rd Street. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” brought its 1950’s style to various sections of the neighborhood. And Steven Spielberg took West 107th Street back to the 50’s too for “West Side Story”.
View this post on Instagram
Vintage New York vibes for your Monday morning. This shot was taken on the UWS by @ellenjoy26 during the filming of a scene of Phillip Roth’s “The Plot Against America” which will be turned into an HBO series. . . . . . . . . . . . . #uws #upperwestside #upperwestsidenyc #upperwest #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #centralpark #centralparkmoments #centralparkwest #summer #summer2019 #nycphotographer #nycphotography