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By Salvatore Scamardo | Agent in New York, NY
  • So, You Come Crawling Back To Broadway

    Posted Under: General Area in New York, Entertainment & Nightlife in New York, In My Neighborhood in New York  |  June 9, 2013 5:24 AM  |  915 views  |  No comments

    Tonight, The Tony Awards will be held at Radio City Music Hall here in  New York City.  The City will be awash in stars and glamour as the best in theater competes for the industry's top honor - A Tony.  Broadway is big business for New York City.  The 2012-13 season generated some $1.139 billion dollars in ticket sales by some 11.57 million attendees, slightly down from last season. (Note to Broadway producers:  Ticket prices have gotten too high.)  The economic impact is enourmous for the City generating close to $12 billion and supportting tens of thousands of jobs.  Tonight, millions of people in countries around the world will be watching New York's theater elite strut the red carpet and witness incredible performances on stage live from The Great White Way.  

    No doubt we'll see many faces we recognize and for many, be introduced to some new ones. Broadway afterall is a star maker and sometimes, a star fixer.   
    Word of caution to all those Hollywood stars in need of some fixing and theater cred - it ain't easy doin' 8 shows a week, kid. Audiences and critics can be pretty tough and the results can be, well kinda lousey (see case study Katie Holmes).  This season, quite a few Hollywood stars got the heave ho from Tony voters.. and plenty of A-list Hollywood stars showed up. Tonight's Tony Awards will be celebrating the actors few know outside Times Square.   The heave ho list is a whopper and includes no nominations for Bette Midler, Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Jessica Chastain, Paul Rudd, Alec Baldwin, Alicia Silverstone, Sigourney Weavor, Cuba Gooding, Jr. or Scarlett Johansson.  Only Tom Hanks picked up a nod (his first time on Broadway, too).   Message to movie stars, think twice before you come crawlin' back to Broadway.   All this dissing reminded me of a couple of Hollywood attempts at dramatizing "the theater" with Broadway themed flicks chalk full of drama and memorable lines. I'm talking about Valley of the Dolls and my personal favorite All About Eve, of course!  I couldn't resist so I included a couple of vidoes here for your enjoyment including a great trailer with Bette Davis.  Think of these as Tony Award pre-show entertainment. A warm up of sorts.  

    So, be sure to tune into CBS tonight at 8PM ET/7CT for The Tony Awards hosted by the fabulous Neil Patrick Harris (my favorite award show host of all time).   I'm not making any predictions but I'll be rooting for "Kinky Boots" which has 13 nominations including best musical.  New Yorker's love an original, and I'm excited to see The Tony's reward and celebrate originality and home grown talent, cause I'm all about New York.

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  • Gatsby's New York

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife in New York  |  May 16, 2013 4:49 PM  |  778 views  |  No comments

    I recently went to see the motion picture Gatsby which got me thinking about life in New York City during Prohibition - imagine, a national ban on the sale, production, and transportation of alcohol from 1920 to 1933. Basically, we're talking about a painfully long nationally mandated body cleanse and not the spa treatment kind.  Rather, a period of time in our nation's history of clashing values that sparked a great deal of illegal activity, violence and, some debouchery. A bit like today actually.  I enjoyed this feature film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's great American novel. Director Baz Luhrmann who directed Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet provides the audience with some delicious movement and eye candy in my opinion.  In spite of what critics are saying, folks are buying loads of tickets to see the pic. Perhaps there's a real need for a bit of 1920s escapism? DiCaprio does a fantastic job portraying the mysterious bootlegger.  The party scenes were amazing and I especially enjoyed JayZ's soundtrack work.  Of course, I love the way Luhrmann portrays New York City with such great style mixed with some 20s grit and, of course, Gatsby behind some fancy wheels with his posse as they some of the town's iconic spots including a retro Plaza Hotel.   Check out the film, see it in 3D, visit some Gatsby inspired spots in New York City and throw yourself back into the 1920s for a spell.  

    “Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!” 
    ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, 
    The Great Gatsby

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  • Burlesque and The Bowery - Uniquely NYC

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife in New York  |  March 16, 2013 9:12 AM  |  832 views  |  No comments

    Friday night, I went to check out a fantastic restaurant and night club some very good friends of mine own and operate called Duane Park which had just relocated from the trendy and pricey neighborhood of TriBeCa on Duane Street to the legendary Bowery Poetry Club space in the once again fashionable Bowery area. For close to century the Bowery was anything but fashionable or trendy but rather a dangerous run down district of brothels and bars.  But in fact, during the early part of the 19th century it was quite elegant with its large mansions and a very vibrant and respectable theater scene.  It was the installation of the elevated trains which covered the streets in darkness that changed the neighborhood and trasnsformed it to a place for low rents and cheap drinks. That's why it's been so amazing to witness what's transpired in the Bowery of late which now features trendy hotels like The Bowery Hotel where celebrities can often be spotted, new developments such as The Avalon Bowery Place and elegant spots like Duane Park with its incredibe food, music and Burlesque dance and jazz shows.

    As a filmmaker and fan of documentaries, when the Bowery is mentioned, I must bring attention to a film considered by many to be among the most important films from the post-war American independent scene which I'd like to share with you - Lionel Rogosin’s
    On the Bowery which documents a bygone era that still resonates today. His style as an independent filmmaker was straightforward and compassionate. His films, made “from the inside” showed the subjects he chose in their normal surroundings and allowed them to speak in their own words. By choosing ordinary people caught up in universal problems — homelessness, racial discrimination, war and peace, labor relations, and poverty — Rogosin made his point poignantly. The Oscar®-nominated On the Bowery is a masterpiece of the American blend of documentary/fiction.  

    Each neighborhood in New York City has so many stories, steeped in history, full of life and the Bowery's history is most dramatic.  It's exciting to see the rennassaince occuring there now.  It's accessible, it's fun, and uniqely New York.

    Take a look at some of the clips and photos here.  When you're looking for a uniquely New York night out on the town, check out Duane Park, located at 308 Bowery at East 1st St just above Houston.  When you make your reservation, be sure tell them Sal from Fenwick Keats Real Estate sent you! 

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  • Family Guy House Floor Plan

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife in New York, Celebrity Homes in New York  |  March 5, 2013 10:46 AM  |  4,067 views  |  4 comments

    A colleauge of mine fowarded a link to this fascinating site which showcases the cleverly imagined floorplans of popular TV and film homes.  An additinal floor plan I'd like to see includes "Family Guy" which would reveal Stewie Griffin's many hidden (and diabolical) rooms designed for world domination. Enjoy and explore and remember, if you need your property listed and sold, please give me a call.

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