I was pretty much raised on film in the '60s and '70s, and one of my favorite genres was the gritty urban NY films of the '70s. "Taxi Driver". "Dog Day Afternoon". "Night of the Juggler". Seedy, grungy, sweaty, rain-soaked and neon-lit. Always a slightly dangerous undercurrent in the air, but if you belong there, people know it. On the other hand, if you DON'T belong there, people know it too.
Some days and nights, this neighborhood reminds me of that. There is a certain electricity in the air, and a little bit of swagger. I can't get enough of it.