2018-01-24 / Features

De Niro Shoots Scenes From 'The Irishman' At First Central Savings Bank


Robert De Niro on the set shooting Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” at the First Central Savings Bank branch in Astoria. 
Photos Adam Lombardi Robert De Niro on the set shooting Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” at the First Central Savings Bank branch in Astoria. Photos Adam Lombardi Robert De Niro, who needs no introduction, was seen shooting scenes for the upcoming silver-screen release of Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” at First Central Savings Bank’s Astoria branch.

Walking into the bank on 30th Ave. on Thursday was like stepping into 1960s and 1970s New York.

FCSB’s Astoria Branch has become a hotspot for Hollywood in the past few years, due to its unique structure and architecture, including vaulted ceilings and chandeliers, giving production the perfect set for a classically styled bank. “The Irishman” was no exception.

Leadership at FCSB was not surprised the Astoria Branch was chosen for the major scene. “The distinct architecture, the ornate feel with an old-world touch is the epitome of banking like it used to be, only better,” said Michael Serao, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking.

“We were glad to have Mr. De Niro at the branch and we look forward to seeing the branch complement his acting on the big screen,” said Joseph Pistilli, Chairman of the Board at FCSB.

Roughly 20 to 50 onlookers were out on the sidewalks and streets taking in the sights of 1960s-era cars, cast members and extras who were dressed to recreate the time.

The true crime drama is based on Charles Brandt’s book, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” which centers around the disappearance of teamsters union leader, Jimmy Hoffa. In the film, De Niro portrays Frank Sheeran, a union official and hit man who claimed to have killed Hoffa.


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