Remnants of ‘Across the Universe’ on Rivington Street [PHOTOS]

Posted on: October 11th, 2013 at 10:14 am by
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With Alias Restaurant now dead and gone from the corner of Clinton and Rivington Street, it’s fitting that we jump back in time eight years. Back to the Lower East Side of autumn 2005.

In most instances, when neighborhood filming wraps, crews do a halfway-decent job of picking up after themselves. A few exceptions do come to mind – most notably the Sorcerer’s Apprentice debacle on Eldridge – but production usually tries adhering to a leave-no-trace policy. However, one particular flamboyant film released in 2007 still maintains its grip on the corner of Clinton and Rivington Streets. Despite the recent paint jobs there…

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Remember Across the Universe, that over-the-top flick piecing Beatles songs into a feature-length story? To jog your collective noggin, the Julie Taymor production occupied this corner during the end of 2005 to film the Joe Cocker musical interpretation of “Come Together.” Tenement buildings in the immediate vicinity were completely transformed to reflect a hyper-psychedlic setting from the 1960s. ABC No Rio became the Cafe Huh (homage to Cafe Wha?); Alias Restaurant was the recipient of dragon tails; Cibao Restaurant received polka dots; even Streit’s Matzo factory had some touch-up work at the time.

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And the scene in question (2:39):

Let’s just hope the forthcoming Black Crescent venture that replaces Alias doesn’t dispense with the artwork (nay, neighborhood character).

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