Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Person Of Interest Film Crew Transform Roosevelt Island Into Berlin - It's Easy With A Little Bit Of German Signage

Image Of Person Of Interest Filming Today On Roosevelt Island From David Enock

It's been said many times before that:
... Roosevelt Island's drab, dreary and depressing Main Street has often been compared to East Berlin prior to the fall of the Wall or even The Village from the great British Television program The Prisoner....
Apparently, the Person of Interest TV program currently filming

Image Of Person Of Interest Filming Today On Roosevelt Island From David Enock

on Roosevelt Island agrees:
Despite the freezing weather, Main Street next to the Trellis Diner was transformed into an outdoor Berlin coffee bar


and Good Shepherd Plaza became Leipziger Plaza

Image From David Enock

Image From David Enock

Mark Lyon tweets:

David Enock shares more Main Street and Motorgate Garage photos of Roosevelt Island's transformation to Berlin via the magic of TV.


UPDATE 1/23 - Pop Culture Brain adds:
I used to live on Roosevelt Island so I just wanted to chime in here and say 1) it’s sad how easily they were able to make it look like East Berlin but 2) it’s even more sad that it looks better as East Berlin.

43 comments:

YetAnotherRIer said...

This is so bad. There is still a YIELD on the road right next to crossing sign. There are so many grammatical errors everywhere. Plus, RI does not have an East Berlin feeling at all. This must be a very cheap production.

Frank Farance said...

Eastwood, with its display of bleak cement, has much in comment with East Berlin of the 1990s. But now (as of last summer), East Berlin has mellowed. It would be more realistic if we had 24-inch purple-painted water pipes running through the Island as an art project, see photo below.

samuli hirsi said...

thats no art project, overground pipes as underground pipes being renovated, aint it?

Frank Farance said...

According to my colleague who works in Berlin, originally they were for pumping out water (couple years ago?) but have since become an art project. Although the photo itself doesn't show it, there are many disconnects and open ends along the way, so it's not presently (last summer) used for pumping water. I don't know if the "pink" color was part of the idea, it doesn't serve a functional use for pedestrians or motorists.

CheshireKitty said...

The faux posters and graffiti are great! RIOC should permit posters on the unused escalator enclosure - take some hints from the film to "liven up" RI! Sad to say, as Pop Culture Brain wrote above - RI does look better as E. Berlin!

Alexander Dworschak said...

The one with the bikes - it is 'Alter Kirchenplatz' there's an R missing.

YetAnotherRIer said...

"Minuten die dein Leben verändernern". "Berlin Internationale".

CheshireKitty said...

Hahahahah.... I guess that's the equivalent of a sign in English saying "Ol' Church Square"... hysterical!

Michael said...

I am German and I can tell you there a lots of typos in the Pictures: "Alte Kirchenplatz" is total wrong, correct is "Alter Kirchenplatz" or the word "verändernern" is not existing, correct is "verändern". "Kust" is not existing, correct is "Kunst" and so on. Even the setting is not authentic and makes me smile :).

CheshireKitty said...

Pidgin' German? Or a production assistant that couldn't locate someone who knows written German? Either way, it's funny...

Michael said...

We have a Turkish minority in Germany which is communicating with a slang, a stand-alone pidgin German is not existing.

In the film set it is a mixture of missing letters in words and funny grammar.

For example "Verbinden Sie mit mir" is a one to one Translation of "connect you with me". But that is not possible in that word sequence in German. We have several "you" and the "Sie" is double unhelpful. "Sie" is for situations where the audience is not intimate. "Sie" is causing distance. Addressing the young generation needs a "du". In that grammar constellation "dich": "Verbinde dich mit mir".

CheshireKitty said...

So, someone did a word-for-word dictionary translation of German phrases - or just put the phrases into Google translate... reminds me of the comical English-language directions once included with non US-made electronics/gadgets.

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