I'm Too Cool To Care About Film Crews So I Walked Right Past Martha Stewart DJing Near Our Office

by Stephanie Maida · April 19, 2019

    New Yorkers, especially this one, wear their edge-of-cynical nonchalance like a badge of honor. Julianne Moore having lunch next to you at Cafe Cluny? Cool, can I have some extra ketchup for this burger? Lady Gaga stepping out of a Black SUV? Nice shoes, but keep it movin' lady. Leonardo DiCaprio hogging all the booths at 1OAK with his gaggle of 19-year-old models? He's lucky if he even gets an eye-roll of acknowledgement. 

    As such, a film crew taking over any block I regularly walk down is nothing but an annoyance. As tourists gather to sneak a peek at the star on site, I make it a point to keep my gaze forward and hardened. Not even a glance towards the lights and cameras, although I will admit I've often gazed longingly at the craft service table.

    This strategy has never failed, especially when it comes to some production assistant attempting to reroute my stride. I don't even have to open my mouth - the look in my eye says, "Look, I don't care who or what you're filming, but I need to walk down this street and you're going to let me."

    So when I found myself in this familiar situation on Thursday afternoon, I didn't think or look twice at whatever was going down on Jane Street. It wasn't until a few hours later that I realized what a huge mistake I had made. 

    Martha Fucking Stewart. Was DJing. On The Sidewalk. In Sequin Polka Dots!

    And I walked right past her. 

    According to reports, the icon was filming some sort of commercial. One that I will probably watch on YouTube for years to come, reliving my life's greatest regret. Oh, Martha. I'll still never care about film crews, but I'll always, always care about you dropping the bass.

    [Photo via @lenrodino]