I used to drink in a bar in the village called Lion’s Head. It was full of newspaper people. The Village Voice was around the corner, and a lot of guys from the papers would come and drink. It was a great bar full of great bullshitters. I knew a fireman that drank there occasionally and he had done a book. I thought, “Wow. That could be a really good story, about firemen.” I was so against that frigging war and I thought, what’s the opposite of a soldier going and killing people they don’t know? A fireman saving people they don’t know. I got permission, and finally ended up with a rescue team that covered all of the Bronx and Harlem.
All the animals come out at night — whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets. I go all over. I take people to the Bronx, Brooklyn, I take ’em to Harlem. I don’t care. Don’t make no difference to me. It does to some. Some won’t even take spooks. Don’t make no difference to me.
(с) «Taxi Driver» — 1976
Back and forth from Brooklyn to Manhattan. New York at night, from its bridges, is a miracle. When I first came to the city, it took all my fantasies and set them on fire, turned them into flickering constellations of light. Then it did the same with my history. As a dark speck of energy hurtling over the water toward that galaxy, I felt myself disappear. Relative to the image of infinity I was nothing, a clump of quantum matter skidding through the ether. It was as good as any drug.
― Whip Smart: A Memoir (с).
More often than Leo DiKaprio and Robert De Niro in movies of Martin Scorsese we can see only New York!
The Big Apple is certainly has a lead part in artistic life of the legendary filmmaker.
There are 14 of 20 Scorsese`s movies were devoted to New York.
American cinematographer Robert Kolodny inspired by relationships of Martin and NYC created a short movie «Scorsese`s New York»
In his video Robert used the parts of earlier films «Taxi Driver»(1976), «Raging Bull» (1980) «New York, New York» (1976) «After Hours» (1985) and the new «The Wolf of Wall Street» (2013)
This newsreel allows to see all changes in street life of the city which Martin Scorsese had described during his long and successful career.
The night of July 13, 1977, will be remembered as one of the worst in New York City history. In this evening the sun went down the horizon and a storm got and more closer to New York. Series of lightning bolts all over town and power relay system, then — overloading, the failure and switching off of all light sources in a city.