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The Windsor Terrace Hollywood Tour

Would you believe that Alanis Morissette, Al Pacino, Madonna, Ed Harris, Lily Tomlin, and Michael J. Fox have all spent significant time in Windsor Terrace?

In the spirit of dressing-up, fun, and a good ol' fashioned Brooklyn Halloween, we proudly present - the Windsor Terrace Hollywood Tour.

Sydney Lumet's "Dog Day Afternoon" was shot on Prospect Park West between 17th & 18th Streets. It centers around a bank robbery, based on actual events. The real-life bank was located at 450 Avenue P. However, the now-condo building on Prospect Park West - once a mattress factory - stood in for the Al Pacino film.

CORRECTION - A neighbor tells us - "I love your pix of the neighborhood... one minor correction, the building between 17th and 18th street on PPW, now condos, was an old paint factory, not a mattress factory. Love your blog!"



If you check the movie out, you can catch a few shots looking South on Prospect Park West, with Bishop Ford High School and the Expressway bridge, telltale in the background.



The Jack Nicholson/Helen Hunt film, "As Good as it Gets" was a more recent Windsor Terrace claim to big-screen fame. The pub shots were done at the one-and-only Farrell's, a Windsor Terrace institution since 1933. Farrell's was also featured in the Ed Harris film "Pollock."



The early morning bakery scene was done out on the corner of the Avenue, the mob of kids running down the street to catch the cab was a group of third-graders from Holy Name, and a supporting character was played by a very solid actor that any respectable WT resident knows well, at least on sight ... Helen Hunt's house was played by my favorite house in the neighborhood, pictured here in 1928, and 2007.





Harvey Keitel, Madonna, Michael J. Fox, Lily Tomlin, and a long list of 1990s and perennial stars headlined "Blue in the Face" and "Smoke," both partially filmed at the recently defunct Western Union on Prospect Park West.



In the music department, Alanis Morissette filmed her 1995 video for "One Hand In My Pocket" right on the strip - Prospect Park West between Windsor and 16th. It features the neighborhood pretty well (and tired or not, I like the song.)



Not bad for a sleepy little neighborhood where nothing happens, eh?


1928 photo courtesy of the brooklyn public library, brooklyn collection
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(Anonymous)

thats my favorite house too . . and one of my favorite blocks

Great Block!

Sweet old house - HUGE! And a really nice family. The older lady that (I assume) owns it is really cool.
Was Alanis really here in Windsor Terrace? The video has always looked blue-screened to me (though I was still very proud).
Hmmm. Good point. Looks like she was here and that was indeed Terrace Bagel over her shoulder, but you're right. Could have been technology. I guess I'll have to be in denial. =)

(Anonymous)

Great Nabe -- And Another Film..

Don't forget "Pi" by Darren Aronofsky, creepy scenes filmed on 15th Street - PPW subway station platform...

Pollock, the bio pic of the artist with Ed Harris filmed backroom scenes in Farrell's...

& for the record, the defunct western union seems to be gaining new life as a double store front..

thanks

-Brooklyn Beat

(Anonymous)

Hi Icky!

I love your pix of the neighborhood... one minor correction, the building between 17th and 18th street on PPW, now condos, was an old paint factory, not a mattress factory.

Love your blog!

Re: Hi Icky!

Thanks! I'll post that correction. (I had my doubts about the mattress factory, but that's what a few of the old-timers said.) Thanks again.