It was 9am when I arrived into JFK. A town car was there to pick me up and I had no idea what was in store for me. All week I was prepping for a big production shoot with Emeril Lagasse and Martha Stewart making a cameo. So my head was somewhere else when the driver asked me if I was there for St. Patrick’s Day. I said no and that I had a meeting at 10am in Times Square. My driver politely said, “Oh, good luck my friend. You are going into the heart of the parade, but I’ll do my best to get you to your meeting”. Apparently it just so happened that my production was starting on the day of the largest St. Patrick’s day celebration in the world. As we drove through the city I was astonished with the amount of people singing, dancing, and dressed in green as they decorated the streets of the Big “Green” Apple. Needless to say, I arrived late to my meeting, but I luckily work with very understanding New Yorkers.
We did a walk through of the shoot for most of the day on the 43rd floor of the Bank of America building. The views were epic. On one side of the floor I could see Central Park, on the other I could see the Hudson River, and my favorite view was right down Times Square. I couldn’t believe how high up we were, but I could still hear the people on the streets celebrating. Although I was very excited and focused on what was going to be a big production, I couldn’t help thinking what I was really missing down in the streets. I couldn’t wait to check into my hotel room, grab the Canon 7D and go do some unscripted filming which is my favorite thing to do. I skipped dinner and hit the streets. I could feel the energy all around me, the atmosphere was contagious, and the lights were vibrant. St. Patrick’s Day in NYC should go on the lifetime to do list in my opinion. Here’s a fun little piece to share the experience of my first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in New York City.