Crazy Amazing Skyline View from Set / by Charlene Wang

this is seriously a no filter snapshot from my phone--the view was so incredible

this is seriously a no filter snapshot from my phone--the view was so incredible

I recently had the amazing fortune to work on a shoot from the penthouse of The Standard East Village (so fancy right?).

In between all the packing/unpacking/moving/unloading/loading we had the chance to soak in these incredible views of beloved New York. 

That's one of the things I love about production work: it has brought me to all sorts of cool places throughout New York.   Going to set I often find myself in corners and heights of New York I wouldn't normally find myself in and I totally appreciate the opportunity to explore new areas. 

isn't it crazy how many water towers there are in Manhattan? I feel like the water tower has come to be the symbolic icon of Brooklyn so I was surprised to see so many on Manhattan rooftops too. 

isn't it crazy how many water towers there are in Manhattan? I feel like the water tower has come to be the symbolic icon of Brooklyn so I was surprised to see so many on Manhattan rooftops too. 

Because let's be real, there are not many circumstances under which I would find myself in the penthouse suite of The Standard. (oh yeah, I'm not an eastern european model or Saudi financier in town for business)

(again if my internet game was better I would insert one of those ridiculous fashion editorial/aspirational advertising spreads that would encapsulate the two archetypes I mentioned). 

Anyways, when I have the opportunity to soak in the iconic skyline of NYC like this I sort of hear the soundtrack cue in the back of my head to:

mixed with:

mixed with:

...and then of course after a while the penthouse rooftop becomes just a holding place for the crew and all the crazy amounts of equipment and just another place to wait between takes or when you are needed: