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Movie Set Travel: The Departed's Brooklyn Roots

August 1, 2007 at 11:58 AM | by | Comment (1)

Maybe its that the parts of South Boston that still look like South Boston are hard places to both film and not get shot. Or perhaps Scorsese is physically incapable of making a film without some sort of connection to New York? In any case, The Departed is a Boston flick through and through (better accents than Mystic River, less... suck than Celtic Pride) but its dirty little secret is the large swaths of it that were filmed in deep dark blue Yankees turf.

For a dose of cinematic deja vu, head over to Brooklyn's longtime Polish stronghold and blossoming hipster enclave of Greenpoint. Make your brunch stop the Park Luncheonette at 334 Driggs Avenue, not too far from the Nassau Ave subway stop. The summertime open walls, street seating and great view of McCarren Park are a far cry from the menacing shadow cast by Jack Nicholson's Frank Costello in the diner and grocery scenes filmed at this location. Onscreen, it stood in for a Mom and Pop grocery on the take, but it takes a little squinting and a step inside to see the resemblance. Be sure to show up on the AM side of noon or expect to face a mob of asymmetrical haircuts with ironic t-shirts waiting to pile on breakfast nosh. The mozzarella and prosciutto omelette comes highly recommended and the french fries are exactly how they should be.

Another recognizable Brooklyn stand-in for Beantown turf is the Greenwood Cemetery. With 478 acres and close to 600,000 dearly departed, it might be hard to track down a stone inscribed "William Costigan" but these hallowed grounds are worth a walk for history buffs and those not creeped out by headstones galore. Its got Basquiat, Leonard Bernstein, and The Wizard of Oz's Wizard and is still taking customers looking for a fashionable place to die.

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[Photo: Jack Rawlinson]

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Brunch Junkie

They should really put the green olives back in the mozzarella omelette, and I definitely recommend getting here before 11am. The Park Luncheonette is just as good, if not better, than nearby Enid's, I can never understand why Enid's is always more crowded.  Get the rosemary fries and then walk it off in McCarren Park, enjoy!

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