With ‘Person of Interest’ at 7B, All the East Village Is a Stage

7bDaniel Maurer

Just a few blocks over from East Ninth Street between First Avenue and Avenue A, where crews were prepping the block for its Coen brothers moment this morning (flyers indicate that, due to weather, the date of the shoot has changed to Friday from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.), the CBS show “Person of Interest” is filming at 7B. Chris Haun, a production assistant, said that one of the stars of the Thursday-night crime drama, Jim Caviezel, was scheduled to show later today, and the shoot would last till about 9 p.m.

Of course, 7B, a.k.a. Horseshoe Bar, a.k.a. Vazac’s, is no stranger to the screen. You’ve seen it in one form or another in “The Godfather: Part II,” “Crocodile Dundee,” “Scarface,” “Serpico,” “The Color of Money,” “Rent,” “Sex and the City,” “The Verdict,” “Five Corners,” “Angel Heart,” and on and on. Heck, it was even made over for “Smash,” the new NBC show that filmed in the East Village.

Where else have you seen 7B? and what’s your favorite Vazac’s moment (on screen or off)? Ours has to be Jason Alexander’s shootout scene in “The Paper”: or are we the only ones who relate to an unhappy subject attacking a journalist in an East Village dive bar?