Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist makes me miss New York


We just watched Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist. It was good, but I expected more. It’s definitely the weakest of the Michael Cera films I’ve seen. The redeeming qualities in the movie were New York City, and the soundtrack. All indie films these days have a good soundtrack, but this one focussed on the music.

The entire movie was shot within a 10 minute walk of my apartment in New York. I’m not even joking. I’m surprised I never saw them filming. Every landmark they hit, every music venue (except 1) was right next to my old apartment. All the scenes where they are driving were the streets I walked through everyday. I recognized many random stores and restaurants. Seen in the movie (and I’ve been to every single one of these places):

Arlene’s Grocery

Union Pool (Brooklyn, not near me)
Bowery Ballroom

Mercury Lounge (I saw Bishop Allen play here, as did they in the movie)
Astor Place
St Marks Place
Crash Mansion (horrible place)
Astor Place cube

The movie really made me miss New York a lot. I love that city so much. The way I fit in in New York City, how I knew my way around, the places I went to, all the things I did…It was a perfect fit, and I did it all. I love San Francisco as well, but I don’t think any city will ever match New York for me.

One of the bands featured in the movie was The Submarines, which is a group I’ve recently been listening to a ton.

Xavia by The Submarines


  1. I just moved to NYC last May, but I had a similar experience when a European friend mentioned he was going to LA (where I just moved from) for vacation. He asked for general advice on cool places in Los Angeles and before I knew it I had written him a volume of suggestions. I was happy to move from LA after 14 years, but nothing made me miss it before then. NYC is a great city, but I’m still getting used to it. šŸ™‚

  2. I always miss New York, even though I’ve never lived there. I’ve traveled there almost every year since I was 18. I loved this movie, though. It would be really cool to have a night like that in NYC.

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