By Terry Trucco
Yes, it was, and what a plum, if fleeting, cameo Tribeca’s chic brick, pie-slice-shaped hotel landed in Woody Allen’s latest movie.
Without giving too much away, a lead character – Alec Baldwin as a huckster bazillionaire named Hal – is spotted canoodling a glamorous brunette by his wife’s sister as the pair exit the hotel. After registering the look of shock on the sister’s face, the camera lingers for a few seconds on the hotel and its iconic clock with Roman numerals atop a sculpted wrought iron stand, a Tribeca landmark since the hotel opened in 2000.
And what do we learn from the sweet-talking tycoon’s choice of the Tribeca Grand, albeit with the help of the movie’s locations director? He wasn’t there for the food. Though the Church Bar and Lounge is looking good following a redo a few years back by William Sofield, designer of sister property the SoHo Grand, it’s doubtful that All-American offerings like mac and cheese croquettes and fried chicken lured Slick Hal and his sylph-like companion to the hotel. (more…)