Garment District Viewing
Staying home is the new normal, and since most of us aren't seeing the Garment District in person any more, we put together a list of a few TV shows and films that might scratch the itch for our neighborhood a little.
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - The story of an Upper West Side woman who enters the world of stand-up comedy features the Garment District as it was in the 1950s and 60s. The main character's father-in-law, Moishe, even runs a garment factory. It's also in general a great show you should be watching regardless of where it is filmed.
Funny Girl (Free) - This classic movie stars Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. It features music by George and Ira Gershwin. You can watch it for free right now. We really shouldn't have to say more than this.
Bill Cunningham New York (Free) - "We all get dressed for Bill." In his trademark blue jacket, Bill Cunningham spent decades pedaling around the streets of NYC chronicling fashion trends. This 2011 documentary sheds light on his life working for the New York Times and at home. There is also a new documentary about him out this year, The Times of Bill Cunningham that you are not allowed to see until it is streaming at home.
How to make It in America - The story of two men in their twenties who try to make it in new York's fashion scene in 2010. This show's portrayal is accurate in the sense that they are always struggling for money and nothing goes as they planned. It aired for two seasons on HBO.
The Devil Wears Prada - ,The story of one woman's struggle to find a halfway decent assistant in the fashion magazine industry. You've seen this movie. You should see it again.
Unzipped - a documentary that follows designer Isaac Mizrahi as he prepares for his 1994 fall collection runway show. This is a wonderful time capsule of the heyday of 90s fashion and supermodels and a look into how a show is put together.
And for something a little different...
The Bourne Ultimatum - In this sequel to a sequel, super agent Jason Bourne is involved in a car chase that ends on one of the upper decks of the Port Authority Bus terminal. He also runs down one of our streets towards the end of the movie, and between takes took the time to take pictures with some of our public safety officers. We'll look for the pictures when we get back in the office.
John Wick: Chapter 2 - For a good second or two in this movie, super assassin John Wick is involved in a motorcycle chase/gunfight and you can clearly see some of our Broadway pedestrian plaza planters as he zooms by. It definitely counts.