New York Film Locations



Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

In 1958, in New York City, the upper class Diane Arbus (Nicole Kidman) is a frustrated and lonely woman with a conventional marriage with two daughters. Her husband is a photographer sponsored by the wealthy parents of Diane, and she works as his assistant. When Lionel Sweeney, a mysterious man with hypertrichosis (a.k.a. werewolf syndrome, a disease that causes excessive body hair), comes to live in the apartment in the upper floor, Diane feels a great attraction for him and is introduced to the world of freaks and marginalized people, falling in love with Lionel (Robert Downey Jr.).


otsoNY Comments: 342-348 East 54th Street was one of 13 free indoor public baths that the city built between 1901 and 1914 as part of a public health campaign aimed at residents of tenement buildings without baths or showers. It included 79 showers for men and 59 for women, as well as a gymnasium, a swimming pool, a track and a roof playground. The three-story building stopped operating as a free bathhouse in the 1930s and is now a community and recreation center run by the Parks Department.

342-348 East 54th Street (btw 1st and 2nd Avenues) Manhattan.
   



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