After a morning filled with conference calls, we headed into the Village yesterday at lunchtime to grab some food and check out the filming of “Admission” at and on Pondfield Road.
Bringing along a telephoto lens, just in case, we stopped into for bagels, two-year-old in tow, before settling onto the bench outside , before heading across the street to join the handful of paparazzi waiting to pounce on Fey when she exited the shoot.
These guys are hardcore. While local kids waited outside for a glimpse of the popular 30 Rock creator and actress, one photographer monitored the on-set radio communications through a portable scanner, and kept the rest of us apprised of Fey’s movements. Now you know how they manage to always be in the right place at the right time.
Having a little kid along was definitely a competitive disadvantage. We placed him on the sidewalk outside of with an iPhone running Thomas the Tank Engine via Netflix’s godsend-to-parents-app, and kept one eye on him while scanning Value Drug for movement.
The kid soon bonded with Nancy from the chocolatier, who offered to take him into the store and watch him while we waited for Fey to make her appearance. What seemed like an eternity went by before Fey finally emerged, waved to the crowd, and was whisked into an awaiting SUV for the long drive to her trailer on Kraft Avenue.
We managed to get off one or two shots before returning to Elite Sweets to gather up what we expect to be a chocolate-covered kid. What would the damages be? We shuddered.
Instead, Nancy was playing with him in the backroom of the store. He emerged, holding a beach ball and smiling at his new friend.
Nancy, thanks being the type of superstar that makes Bronxville a great place for kids, and the kind of town that location scouts love to find. Let’s hope Tina enjoyed her brief time here as much as we have.