My friend sent me an insistent late-night text: Get thee to Brooklyn Heights, where the streets of the neighborhood had returned to the 1950s, before the neighborhood gentrified, launching the borough’s decades-long transformation from the home of Da Bums to host of The Brand that is now Brooklyn.
It was yet the latest sighting in New York of filming for Steven Spielberg’s Cold War-era thriller “St. James Place,” starring Tom Hanks and Alan Alda.
I spent a little while poking around Monroe Place and Pineapple Street to take in the scenery, but missed catching any Hollywood royalty. My only thrill, aside from eyeing the vintage cars and a retro storefront, was getting scolded by a irascible stage hand for walking onto the film set, outside the courthouse on Monroe. (Sorry, Mr. Spielberg.)
Anyway, The Retrologist presents selections from filming of “St. James Place” on the evening of Sept. 29, 2014.