Posted by: David Giacalone | May 20, 2012

MAGF memories

Other duties kept me from having a real photo shoot of the filming of the HBO movie “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” here in the Schenectady Stockade, on Friday May 11, 2012.  A scene substituting for Georgetown in D.C. was shot in the Stockade, focused on 17 Front St., which served as the home of Supreme Court Justice John Harlan.  The movie has many known actors and tells the story of Ali’s fight for conscientious objector status, with resulting conviction for draft dodging, and loss of his heavyweight title.  [Read about the movie at its HBO webpage, and see a video from News 10 here, and from Channel 13 WNYT here ; HBO says it will be premiered the Fall of 2013.]

However, when I saw a gorgeous red Chevy Impala right under my bay “office” window, I got out for a few minutes of taking pictures.  This collage was the result (click on it for a larger version):

– corner of Washington Avenue and Front St. (Cucumber Alley, too) –

  -filming centered on 17 Front St., former home of Governor Yates, the door of which was painted green for the movie (it had been black).

Then, around 7 AM the morning after, I strolled around to see if I could find any remnants of the filming.   This collage resulted:

– click on a collage or photo for a larger version –

 . . .

Just another day in our special little neighborhood.

– see our follow up posting on the movie and dvd (April 11, 2014) –


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