Woody Allen's new project filmed at Caffe Vivaldi

Woody Allen
Woody Allen

Last week, Woody paid a visit to the Republic of Greenwich Village* and Caffe Vivaldi to shoot scenes for his upcoming untitled project. It was the third time that he has filmed scenes for his movies at the Caffe, with Bullets Over Broadway in 1993 and Whatever Works in 2008 – an unprecedented first for us.

When Woody first came to Caffe Vivaldi as a customer in the early 1990s, it perhaps reminded him of how the Village used to be in the old days – a relaxed, casual and friendly ambiance that radiated positive energy. It attracted the likes of Andy Warhol, Bette Midler (who celebrated her birthday by our fireplace in 1986), Joseph Brodsky (after being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987, he gave some of his press interviews at Caffe Vivaldi), Al Pacino (who directed and shot his semi-autobiographical movie Chinese Coffee here).

Joe Alterman presenting his CD to Woody who is a jazz clarinetist himself

Joe Alterman presenting his CD to Woody who is a jazz clarinetist himself

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It was not just the celebrities but the intermingling of hugely talented and upcoming artists, musicians, writers that made Caffe Vivaldi a haven for the New York crowd. The hunger for the authenticity and the history of the Village led the world-famous Eyewitness Travel Guides published by Doring Kindersley to declare it “the best café in New York” in the nineties.

Woody, a world-famous icon of New York history and culture, continues to use Caffe Vivaldi and other venues for his films from time to time and immortalizes the rapidly vanishing rich culture venues of this great city.

*The Republic of Greenwich Village, below 14th St. in New York has no physical but some cultural boundaries where artists, writers, poets, musicians and free thinkers have mostly dwelled for over 200 years. Its streets, buildings, alleys, eateries and cafés have riveting stories about people who have enriched modern day America." - Ishrat Ansari