It’s hard to feel manly watching West Side Story

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Somehow this scene seems out of context, since most of the buildings in the movie are 5-story walk-up tenements. But modern architecture shows up throughout the movie in the background, and as this arrow (below) shows, this was part of the urban renewal of the area, and soon this neighborhood would be covered with high-rise residential towers like this.

The film version of 'West Side Story' seems like it has always been part of our collective memories

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The movie (1961) is an updated version of as told through the lives of two Upper West Side street gangs in New York City: The Sharks (mostly recent Puerto Rican immigrants) and the Jets (mostly second generation European immigrants) circa 1960.

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Peter Longo, a PopSpots reader and fan of West Side Story sent me some interesting information about Barry Kelly, whose likeness was used for Al Wood, the politician whose posters are seen in the introduction. Thanks, Peter. (note: If you like golf, like I do, Peter is a trick shot artist and has some very interesting videos up on Youtube. Search for "Peter Longo Golf Show.")

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