Nosy Neighbor: What Happened to the Lilac?

Any idea what happened to the SS Lilac that was tied up at Pier 25? Thought it was there yesterday—now it’s gone? —M.

“We’re up at Pier 40 for the day for a movie shoot,” explains the Lilac Preservation Project‘s president and museum director, Mary Habstritt. “It’s an untitled movie by director James Gray, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard. The Lilac is standing in for an Ellis Island Ferry and everyone is dressed in 1920s attire.” According to IMDB, it also stars Jeremy Renner. The synopsis: “An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.” Gray directed Little Odessa, We Own the Night, and Two Lovers.

Beautiful day for it, that’s for sure. Go outside!

Related: Below is an image from Tony Larsen’s photo essay on the Lilac. For more, click here.

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