So I'm at the gym yesterday, and I'm on the elliptical, because goddamnit, the cold weather really makes my whole hamstring issue more irritating, and I'm reasonably content, and on one of the gym's monitors TNT or whoever is screening Catch Me If You Can, which I'm fine with, because, you know, it's a really good and maybe even great movie. So. It's early in the picture and there's that scene where Frank Sr. and Frank Jr. try to pull that scam at the bank, and as their car goes around the corner to pull up at the bank I see that Duane Reade storefront and I wonder if it's actually period-accurate (the scene is set in the early '60s), and then it hits me; that Duane Reade is a real store and still there, because it's at the intersection of Court and Joralemon in Brooklyn, which means that the building I am in at the very moment I am watching that vintage car in a 2002 movie turn the corner of that intersection is just a hair outside of the frame on the left hand side, because my gym is pretty much two doors up from the corner of the south side of that intersection on Joralemon.
The location holds for a subsequent shot of stars Christopher Walken and Leonardo DiCaprio:
So while I am on an elliptical machine in the year 2012, two floor down and less than a football field's length east of where I exercise, DiCaprio and Walken stand in the year 2002 enacting a scene recreating events of 1963. How freaky is that?
I was going to point this out to other denizens of the gym, but I've already got kind of a "that guy" rep over there.