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Teddy’s: Williamsburg’s Historic Bar

The bar at Teddy’s (courtesy of Teddy’s)

Gazing through the luminous 100-year-old stained glass windows at Teddy’s Bar and Grill (96 Berry St.) in the Northside of Williamsburg, it’s possible to imagine that time has stood still. The bar is in fact so old that it predates the windows by about three decades. The 130-year-old mahogany bar and tiled floor are original, adding to Teddy’s 19th-century ambiance. Opened in 1887, the bar makes the claim to be Brooklyn’s oldest continually run bar. The Brooklyn Inn (148 Hoyt St.), which claims to have opened in 1885, might dispute Teddy’s claim, but there’s no disputing that Teddy’s retains a unique 19th-century feel. Continue reading

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14 Films Shot in Greenpoint!

Al Pacino in Serpico @Paramount Pictures
Al Pacino in Serpico (1973) ©Paramount Pictures

I was looking at a list of films made in Brooklyn, which listed 146 films shot in Brooklyn. When I looked at the list I noticed that many of the films, which were shot at least in part in Greenpoint, were not on the list. This is an incomplete list of films with Greenpoint locations. If you know of films not mentioned on this list, let us know by emailing [email protected] or commenting on this post.

First on the list are two of the most iconic films made about Brooklyn: 1) Serpico (1973) with Al Pacino, which was shot on Driggs Avenue and 2) Donnie Brasco (1997), based on the real life Greenpointer Sonny Black Napolitano, was shot on West and Manhattan Avenue.

3) The Siege (1998) with Denzel Washington was shot on Manhattan Avenue.

4) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) and 5) To Kill a Cop (1978) were shot on Milton Street.

6) The Departed (2006) with Jack Nicholson was shot in McCarren Park and at the now shuttered Park Luncheonette restaurant. Continue reading

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