Yesterday they were filming something in Carl Shurz Park where Brady and I take our morning walk. I just love coming across sets. It’s one of the nice little perks of living here in NYC. I’m a good New Yorker…I behave. I never gawk or go up to celebrities or shout things out when I see cameras. But when I see those signs up on the parking meters, or the tell-tale cables running everywhere, or those TomCat catering trucks, my heart speeds up just a little.
I can’t help it. It’s sort of exciting to see something that people all over the world will watch being filmed in a place that you think of as mundane and everyday. A place that, to you, is home.
It’s especially cool when a neighborhood you are so familiar with gets transformed into someplace else. I’ll never forget the day that I rounded the corner on my way to work to come face to face with 26th St after the apocalypse. For a second I was really scared. All the cars were covered with dust, litter lay in the street, and for some reason old Christmas decorations were hanging from the street lights. Then I saw the sign telling me that it was a Will Smith film and reveled in the movie magic.
Yesterday they were filming a kid’s show. But I still sat with Brady and watched. It’s just one of those little things that I love about this city.