If you haven't had the chance to binge-watch the extraordinary 8 part series on Netflix yet (with each episode being a very watchable 28 minutes), you're in for a treat.
Emmy-nominated actress Natasha Lyonne stars in this comedy-drama series as Nadia, a young woman at her birthday party. But she gets caught in a mysterious loop as she repeatedly attends the same event and dies at the end of the night each time -- only to awaken the next day unharmed as if nothing had happened.
The writing is whip-smart and nuanced (with an all-female writer and director lineup), but one of my favorite things about the show was that it's set in my personal favorite neighborhood in NYC, the East Village, which plays a prominent role in the plot.
**SPOILERS MAY FOLLOW**
While there are a variety of theories as to the show's meaning, the NYTimes Jason Zinoman feels that the ultimate meaning of the show is a reflection on history, guilt and gentrification, centering on Tompkins Square Park, the nexxus for the show's action.
Buildings that figure prominently in the show's storyline include the 7B Horseshoe Bar (aka Luke Cage's bar in JESSICA JONES, another Netflix series) around which our protagonist Nadia nearly gets hit by a cab or falls in a street grate multiple times...
The Sunny & Annie's Deli, which hosts crucial interactions in the past, present and future...
And St Nicholas Carpatho Church, which provides the exterior for Maxine's birthday party for Nadia (as far as I know, it's still a practicing church and not an apartment building or converted dwelling).
Interestingly, the one location I recognized in the show that isn't a short walk from Tompkins Square Park is the Salvation Army headquarters on 14th Street, where Alan goes to meet someone from his past (*I'm counting walking all the way to the periphery of the Island to stare at the water, bridges, etc as being a 15 minute walk - so not quite as far).
You'll notice how close the 3 primary locations - Nadia's party, the deli, and the bar - are together (marked in teal on the below map).
What do you think?