You just cannot top New York City for its wondrous spontaneous gentle shoulder-rubbing with celebrity culture. Los Angeles might be the kingpin of the entertainment industry, but here on the East Coast, we dabble just enough to keep it real.
Where else are you going to come face to face with Paul Giamatti on a subway elevator in your nabe... or run into Danny Glover having a sandwich by himself at the famed Katz Deli?
Thursday evening, I was riding the 2/3 Subway line from Brooklyn to Hell's Kitchen and glanced over to a woman beside me... After a double take, I recognized the handsome gal as Christine Marinoni, the partner of Sex & The City's Cynthia Nixon... At Times Square, I transferred from the express to the local train... as did she and her friend. And then, standing beside them, I realized, my god, that is Cynthia, who appears tall and strong on the TV series, but in reality, is quite petite.
As I exited at the next stop, I tapped them on the shoulder and said, "Hello, ladies. A pleasure to see you." Cynthia responded, "Thank you." Only in New York, folks...
Following a NYC event tonight, I took Abby & Spencer for a walk around the block, where filming was ensuing for 2012 dramedy The Longest Week, starring Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde and Billy Crudup.
Sadly, no sighting of fave Bateman, but it's always a rush to see so many movies set in my beautiful Brooklyn Heights nabe. The flick's story: "Affluent and aimless, Conrad Valmont (Bateman) lives a life of leisure in his parent's prestigious Manhattan hotel. In one week, he finds himself evicted, disinherited and in love (Wilde)."
The photos above to the right were shot on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade (courtesy of Filmofilia), while the collage at the top is all mine... And below, my Thursday night entry for the Brooklyn Heights Blog...