Showing posts with label New York Times. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New York Times. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Article Round-Up

Neal & Mozzie in Wanted
Here are a few articles to check out:

1. An advanced review of Most Wanted: beware of spoilers!

2. TV by the Numbers' report on White Collar's ratings.

3. Matt Bomer as one of NYC's most stlyish dads.

4. Two articles from New York Daily News entertainment columnist David Hinckley, who has consistently showered White Collar with love:

a. The Top 10 Things on TV for the Week of July 15, 2012.

b. Willie Garson: The Pro's and Cons of playing Mozzie on White Collar.

5. And finally a nod to White Collar from the New York Times in A Gallery of Rogues to Root For.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Wanted: First Thoughts (Spoilers Ahead!)

Paradise agrees with Neal,
but he's still in a New York state of mind.
“I gave Neal the signal to run.”

Peter’s confession to Ellen Parker is the reason we start this season so far out of my comfort zone: Neal is indeed on the run, fleeing because Peter realized just how dangerous Kramer’s grudge against the ex-con was becoming. So Neal is living off anklet on a remote tropical island, instead of  working as Peter's CI on the island that's been his home off and on since he was eighteen: Manhattan.

But New York –the “best city in the world,”—is never far from his mind, even while he’s romancing a local girl named Maya. He proves this by sculpting the view from his rooms at June's to give Maya a glimpse of his true self.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn

Peter and Elizabeth's house, DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

If you are a child of the 1970's, your impression of the Borough of Brooklyn was probably formed during the 5 o'clock news, with stories about arson and murder and mugging and crimes of all kinds.  Brooklyn was not a place that anyone wanted to live.  If you were older, particularly if you were the child if immigrants and lived on the East Coast, it's likely that your parents talked about Brooklyn like it was The Old Country.

But by the early 1990's, as the crime rates all over the country, and particularly in New York City, began to drop to their now historic lows, Brooklyn became a different sort of place.  People started talking about Brooklyn using terms like "hip" and "trendy" and "chic" and "cool."  Williamsburg (the setting for the classic novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) became the center for hipster culture, artists and musicians and novelists flocked there like it was the East Village in the 1950s.

Today, many parts of Brooklyn have undergone a renaissance and are now some of the most desirable residential neighborhoods in New York City.  For those of you who may not know, New York City is divided into five separate boroughs (or counties):  Manhattan (New York County), Brooklyn (Kings County), Queens (Queens County), The Bronx (Bronx County) and Staten Island (Richmond County).

As many White Collar fans know, Peter and Elizabeth Burke live in a town house in Brooklyn.  During a behind-the-scenes photo shoot, someone took a picture of a piece of "mail" at the Burke house set (which is on a movie studio lot called Silvercup in Astoria, Queens).  It was addressed to "Peter and Elizabeth Burke, 4232 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY."

Like many addresses in White Collar, 4232 DeKalb Avenue doesn't exist (something the show runners learned when fans started hanging out at 78 Riverside Drive, the original address given for June's mansion  in Pilot).  However, I have been told that the building used for  exterior shot of the Burke house, with a very visible 106 stenciled on the transom, is on DeKalb Avenue, which puts it right smack in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn.

Which is why this article, DeKalb Avenue Arrives, Tourists and All, in the New York Times (registration required), caught my eye.

The Fort Greene section is more than "up and coming" these days - it's everything that all of Brooklyn seems to connote - home to European expatriates, chic restaurants, a world-class park (designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted, the same man who designed Central Park in Manhattan), beautifully preserved homes and quiet neighborhoods.

Based on the information in this article, the Peter and Elizabeth's house - given the neighborhood, and even in these trying economic times - is an excellent investment.  A well-kept five story "just up the block" sold for $2.1 million.  Way to go!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Maybe The Location Of Their Next Grand Heist

Neal (Matt Bomer) and Moz (Willie Garson),
all ready to plan their next heist.
You know you have it bad when you open up your newspaper, read an article and think, “hmmm – this would be a perfect caper for Neal Caffrey.”

The New York Times featured this article about the Day & Meyer, Murray & Young warehouse in Manhattan. Built in 1928 on the Upper East Side of New York City, near the Edward I. Koch/Queensboro Bridge (or the 59th Street Bridge, for the Simon & Garfunkel fans amongst our readers), the windowless Neo-Gothic building once housed the household goods for the Astors and du Ponts, the Guggenheims and Havemeyers, not to mention pieces of art and architecture that William Randolph Hearst brought back from Europe before having it shipped to San Simeon in California.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Regarding Intelligent Television, NYT Article Misses The Mark

In a commentary to the rape allegations against the president of the IMF and the disclosure by the former governor of California that he fathered a child with a woman not his wife, the New York Times ran a "love piece" for the very excellent show, The Good Wife.

I nodded my head through the entire article, until the end.

On “The Good Wife” the city gleams with Eastern-educated power brokers who command their authority out of offices appointed with Oushak rugs and abstract art. The show is one of the very few on television (Fox’s “House” is the only other that comes to mind) committed to the portrayal of elite intelligence at work.

Here characters are permitted to use words like sophistry, and the belief in the viewer’s own sophistication is so intact that cameos by people like the Democratic strategist Joe Trippi barely carry any exposition. For that alone, “The Good Wife” should serve as a calling to network executives everywhere.

I guess Ginia Bellafonte, a highly paid television critic for The Old Gray Lady doesn't watch White Collar or USA Networks. If she did, she certainly would have included a show that has built its entire premise on the intelligent sophisication of the lead character, that the high IQs and Ivy League education of the supporting characters is a gentle and running joke through the show, and how much "smarts" is appreciated (and how often it wins out over slick plot tricks).

I'm not often let down by the New York Times, and it's a very uncomfortable feeling.