It happened by accident, really.
The weather was gorgeous, again in the mid-60s, and Josh and I strolled around Central Park after brunch in our neighborhood. We exited the park at 72nd Street and Central Park West.
“Do you know where The Dakota is?” Josh K. asked. The Dakota apartment building, where John Lennon once lived, and where he was shot to death, had been in the news again lately because the movie Chapter 27, about Lennon’s killer, is being filmed in NYC and outside the famous building.
Before I could answer, we saw it: a film set, right outside of a beautiful stone apartment building, which we quickly discerned was The Dakota.
There was Lindsay Lohan, taking a smoke break, while a puffy, swollen Jared Leto (he got a bit tubby for the role) stood talking to an assistant, right there on the sidewalk. Packs of production assistants rushed to and fro, directing pedestrian traffic and assisting the crew.
“You can’t just stand here,” one of the PAs said. “You have to keep moving.”
Well, okay, so we kept moving. We did a few laps back and forth around the set and, a couple times, came within feet of Miss Lindsay Lohan and Jared Leto—close enough that I could hear what they were saying, could have easily tossed them something (like a sandwich) or said something to them ("Hey, are you and Jared still having intercourse?") It’s weird hearing Lindsay Lohan’s voice right in front of you, talking to her makeup artist, looking vaguely bored and orange-skinned.
It almost felt weird that the set wasn’t more protected, wasn’t more off limits. There Josh and I were, feet away from all of it, and we could have done anything. For the most part it was a pretty relaxed environment, except for the rabid PAs trying to keep everything together.
After visiting the Chapter 27 set, Josh and I caught the M11 bus. We went to see our blogger friend Oliver's newly opened art gallery, 5BE, on West 27th Street between 11th and 12th Avenue. The space was fantastic. You can see pictures of the site pre- and post-construction on Oliver's blog. Check it out; it's an amazing transformation.
Josh and I were invited to a big party at Le Souk in the East Village, but we decided to sneak back to our apartment and spend the night in, geeking out with drinks, movies, and music.
Sometimes you just gotta rock Saturday night your own way.
All photographs taken by Josh K. on January 21, 2006, between 4:05 p.m. and 4:20 p.m., on the corner of Central Park West and West 72nd Street.