I became one of the chosen on July 13th, 2011 at around 2AM. I was standing in line to go to the bathroom at The Commodore when a familiar face walked towards me. Like a lot of New Yorkers my first thought wasn’t “that’s someone famous!”, but more “That person looks familiar, maybe he was one of my professors in college?” The realization that I had just made eye contact with Bill Murray sunk in as he passed me, right before he walked out onto Metropolitan where a nice couple helped him hail a cab. My girlfriend wanted to run up to him outside and tell him she loved him in What About Bob?, but I did what I figured was the only nice thing I could ever do for Bill Murray and assure her ‘he knows’ and let him go home in drunken peace while taking a blurry picture of his back:
No doubt he had a long night of having fun at The Commodore after enjoying a delicious meal prepared by his son Homer who is the chef at Roebling Tea Room right across the street.
Bill Murray sightings around Williamsburg are not something new. Back in 2008 I was bummed to find out I missed seeing him at Music Hall of Williamsburg when he also attended the MGMT Halloween show (don’t get all snobby it was a blast and 5 years ago, but yes Andrew VanWyngarden did wear a headdress as part of his ‘Native American Apparel’ costume) and that night even helped clean up beer bottles at an after party.
You see, I wasn’t ready yet. In order to see Bill Murray you must forget your desire to see Bill Murray and he will reveal himself to you when you least expect it. Luckily, as Gothamist points out he’s been around more than ever lately, partly thanks to his forthcoming movie St. Vincent filming in the area. I passed by the filming in Kellogg’s Diner a few weeks ago, but resisted looking in the window and breaking my trust in Bill Murray to appear when the time is right. That and I didn’t feel like getting yelled at by a PA and then debating the sidewalk filming laws of NYC with them.
So if you have not yet been chosen, don’t fear. Bill Murray was spotted as recently as yesterday in the neighborhood. Believe it will happen it your heart and then let it go. If it is meant to be, he will soon come to you.
Here’s a few recent sightings (not even including his Briskettown visit) from the chosen residents of Williamsburg:
Just saw Bill Murray at the south Williamsburg pier. I would have introduced myself but my boner was too intrusive.
— Ron Krasnow (@BrooklynRon) August 4, 2013
Having coffee with @buzz in Williamsburg and Bill Murray is just hanging out behind us.
— Phillip Bowden (@pbowden) July 31, 2013
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