Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Treme Grows in Brooklyn

Posted By on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Those of us who have become used to the local comings and goings of the crews for Tremé might be surprised to know that even New Orleans can't play New Orleans on film all the time. Courtesy of the blog NewYorkShitty comes this image of a flyer posted in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, advising residents that their neighborhood will be doubling as the Crescent City for some night shooting this Saturday evening.

This from the flyer, however, is cause for pause:

It is the heartwarming story of the residents of New Orleans Ninth Ward attempting to rebuild their lives after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Heartwarming? That's Touched by an Angel stuff. We can hope that's shorthand for "gritty drama, leavened with the weary, knowing sophistication and bawdy humor that so characterizes the Jewel of the South."

But what of Greenpoint? Looking it up on a map, it's scarily adjacent to Williamsburg, that district of Brooklyn where Hasidim and hipsters have been on a collision course lately. The Web site Not for Tourists characterizes Greenpoint as a Polish enclave being inevitably hipsterized, and adds:

One exciting aspect of Greenpoint (though not for locals with cars) is the frequent number of movie and television productions being filmed here at any given time. Again, because of its proximity to Manhattan and Long Island City (where a number of studios are based), Greenpoint serves as an ideal location for a production that is looking for a green, industrial, or cozy neighborhood setting.

Green? Industrial? Cozy? Our L9W???

We'll see -- obviously we have a lot of trust in David Simon, but some of us remember the disastrous results the last time a foreign location was used to represent the Big Easy.

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