“Rumors of Studio 54’s link with organized-crime figures began when it became known that Ian Schrager’s father was the late Louis Schrager, also known as 'Max the Jew,' the legendary chief of Williamsburg loan-shark and racketeer operations.”
“Here at last was art with access to a contemporary, white, English-speaking proletarian culture. It posited kids whose very determination to survive took guts and whose unwillingness to give up the idea of victory was positively heroic”
"It marks the first time a citizens' protest has been mounted against a film before it's in the can. And it has brought the gay community its most potent organizing tool since the murder of Harvey Milk"
“William Friedkin, his crew, and his star, Al Pacino, invaded Jones Street August 10. Residents on the block hadn’t received prior notification. Nor had they been asked how they felt about ‘Cruising’ being shot on their block.”