LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Quintessential New York filmmakers Spike Lee and Robert De Niro have teamed with Showtime to develop a drama series about Lower Manhattan’s Alphabet City.

The ensemble drama, “Alphaville,” will chronicle the neighborhood’s gritty and tumultuous past before it became the gentrified East Village.

Set during the 1980s, the drama will re-create the neighborhood’s mix of struggling artists and musicians living alongside Puerto Rican and Black families. Along with its growing bohemian and celebrity population, which also included graffiti artists, break-dancers, rappers and DJs, the neighborhood was plagued by illegal drug activity and violent crime.

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