Showing posts with label Alphaville. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alphaville. Show all posts

Monday, November 15, 2010

Reading from 'Alphaville'

A few readers had expressed interest in this... Michael Codella, who wrote the LES crime memoir "Alphaville," will be reading excerpts tomorrow night at 7 .... at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren St.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Reflecting on 'Alphaville'

At the Daily News, Denis Hamill has high praise for "Alphaville: 1988, Crime, Punishment, and the Battle for New York City's Lower East Side." St. Martin's Press released the book yesterday. It's a memoir by retired NYPD detective Michael Codella (and written with Bruce Bennett).

"It's one of the best cop books I've ever read, and sits on my bookshelf beside such classics as 'The French Connection,' Serpico' and 'Prince of the City.'"

Hamill accompanies Codella on a stroll down Avenue D ... where Codella and his partner Gio worked to stem the tide of the neighborhood's heroin trade in the 1980s. "When I first came here, everybody told me Alphaville was a lost cause," he says. "Kids kicked syringes instead of cans to school. Today women jog, listening to iPods. Couples eat in outdoor cafes. Kids walk safely to school. I busted one junkie kid named Mario at least 10 times. One day he shows up clean, saying we made it so hard to cop dope that he was forced into rehab. If I helped save one kid, yeah, it was worth it. But I think me and my partner helped save this neighborhood filled with good people from the junkies and the dealers."

Friday, September 18, 2009

First look at "Alphaville"

Yesterday's big news was, of course, that there was some window washing happening at E2E4. Also! It was reported that Robert DeNiro and Spike Lee were teaming up to produce a TV show called "Alphaville" set in the East Village. As Reuters noted:

Set during the 1980s, the drama will re-create the neighborhood's mix of struggling artists and musicians living alongside Puerto Rican and black families. Along with its growing bohemian and celebrity population, which also included graffiti artists, break-dancers, rappers and DJs, the neighborhood was plagued by illegal drug activity and violent crime.

Perhaps it will be a little like 1984's "Alphabet City," but a little more Spike Lee-er-er.

However, based on this reel that DeNiro and Lee created to pitch the network executives — given to me exclusively — the series promises to have more of a German synthpop feel.