|Not just yet, but The Day After Tomorrow. 20th Century Fox.|
|BK/Battery Tunnel this past week. Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty|
|Rise of the Planet of the Apes. 20th Century Fox.|
Storm Sandy was one time when Manhattan actually was not physically connected with the rest of the country, even if culturally it often isn't. Floods took care of the tunnels, and hurricane winds meant the only remaining route—the bridges—were off limits. Long Island, also disconnected; Staten Island too. Not as final as the outcome of Will Smith's I Am Legend, but at least for a few days, the same effect.
|Will Smith is Legend, but not in the BK. Still, his office has a great view. Warner Bros.|
I have no doubt that in the future, filmmakers will be inspired to use Barclays Center as a new NY icon, hopefully involving ETs and mothership landing sites. It will also be ripe with potential for mocking Brooklyn as the epicenter of all that is hip, and the inherent halflife of trends—rising and waning.
After nearly a week, we have power back, but still no subway trains rumble directly under lower Broadway, although they're gradually returning to cross-river service. It's been a harsh warning of things to come, things that filmmakers have long imagined on our behalf. If only we—they—used their resources and brainpower to be proactive about innovations related to our built world, rather than tearing it down, since politicians are ignoring it.
How about it, filmmakers?