Stream On: Gone too soon—‘East New York’

By on July 13, 2023

The creative team and reps of this new Warner Brothers Television Studios police procedural series had been shopping the show around, after its premature cancellation by CBS, when the Writers Guild of America went on strike. Its time-slot competition, S.W.A.T., was renewed, along with poorer-performing freshman shows So Help Me Todd and CSI: Vegas, both from CBS Studios.

The East New York twitterverse was not happy at all; a move to Paramount+ was the only polite suggestion, and that’s where the existing 21 episodes have landed. But it looks as if there will be no more, which is a shame.

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“I think each of our characters has a little bit of Sipowicz (the breakout character of 1993’s NYPD Blue) in them that we’re going to slowly reveal over the course of the season.” (East New York co-creator Mike Flynn)

The spirit of NYPD Blue, David Milch and Steven Bochco’s game-changing 1993 cop show, hovers palpably over East New York. Created by Mike Flynn and NYPD Blue executive producer William Finkelstein, ENY is another character-driven series—that also employs Jimmy Smits (Dexter, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), who played Det. Bobby Simone on the earlier series. Here, he is Assistant Chief John Suarez of New York Police Department Precinct 74 in the titular Brooklyn neighborhood.

Suarez’ protegé, Regina Haywood (a brilliant and charismatic Amanda Warren, Black Mirror), the newly promoted Deputy Inspector of the 74, is starting her first day when a man shoots a “dollar van” driver and kills two others. Regina is single and ambitious, and as an African American woman, feels more pressure from the department and city officials than from the criminal element and skels (the term is another hand-me-down from NYPD Blue) with whom she and her detectives contend. Although the neighborhood, for decades called the borough’s “murder capital,” hasn’t experienced the same level of gentrification as other Brooklyn neighborhoods, real estate companies are buying up properties and raising property values. Luxury housing developments have been introduced into the area, a stone’s throw from public housing, and with more money also comes more political corruption.

Regina’s executive officer, Captain Stan Yenko (Richard Kind, Curb Your Enthusiasm, A Serious Man) is a learned nebbish who’s not shy about highjacking conversations with arcane facts, often proving himself a valuable problem solver.

Detective First Grade Tommy Killian (Kevin Rankin, Friday Night Lights, Justified) is a cranky old-school sport-jacket-and-tie detective; he and his girlfriend are trying to open a cop bar. Officer Brandy Quinlan (Olivia Luccardi) is an enthusiastic white girl who grew up in Section 8 housing with a drug-addicted mother; she’s the first volunteer for Haywood’s neighborhood policing initiative of having uniforms live in the projects. Officer Andre Bentley is a young and wholesome African American who commutes in from his parents’ mansion in Westchester, and Officer Marvin Sandeford (Ruben Santiago-Hudson, NYPD Blue) is Andre’s savvy veteran training officer.

The cases they chase range from the “dollar van” street attack (dollar vans are privately-owned vans that carry passengers; some are licensed, some aren’t) to the murder of a Wall Street hedge fund manager, and Regina Haywood has to fight for resources from an unsympathetic bureaucracy.

East New York is one of those polished shows, like Blue Bloods, in which everyone is good-looking and the locations are bright and photogenic. (The exteriors are filmed on location in Brooklyn.) But we’re not here for gritty realism; we’re here for realistic drama. And East New York delivers that in spades.

Bottom line, East New York is a very good cop series that deserves another chance, barring writers’ strikes and network machinations. Brian Lowry wrote, at CNN.com, “East New York has the potential to depict the police as people—noble and heroic at times, but not immune to insecurities and excesses—and do the same for the people with whom they interact, instead of reducing them to perps or chalk outlines … [if it can] attract enough viewers to provide East New York the chance to play the long game.” Well, it did—but it wasn’t enough.

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Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


Sussex Development is soliciting bids to turnkey supply and install FF&E for the new Tulls Creek Elementary School, 125 Campus Drive, Moyock, NC27929. This project is a new ground-up 2-story, Pre-K thru 5th grade school, approximately 118,000 square feet. Bid documents may be obtained through Christopher West Interiors LLC. Request bid documents via email to interiors@cwiusa.com. Pre-Bid RFIs will be accepted via email until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 5:00PM EST. Pricing proposals are due Wednesday, August 14, 2024 by 5:00PM EST. All bids and inquires to be sent to interiors@cwiusa.com. Certified NC Hub, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE are highly encouraged to participate. Sussex Development is an EOE and maintains a drug-free workplace.


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