PHOTOS: Cast of ‘Gravesend’ celebrates premiere of local crime drama’s second season

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“Gravesend” stars William DeMeo, Michele Frantzeskos, and Cristian DeMeo celebrated the premiere of the local crime drama.
Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

A star is born — again!

Last Friday, the stars of Brooklyn’s own crime drama “Gravesend” gathered together to celebrate the premiere of the show’s second season.

Gravesend has a star-studded cast which includes the likes of Fran Drescher, Chazz Palminteri, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Armand Assante, Martin Kove, William Forsythe, Sofia Milos and Mario Cantone.

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“Gravesend” star and director William DeMeo celebrated with a co-star. Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

“We feel like we have the expendables cast of the mafia movies,” director and star William DeMeo told Brooklyn Paper earlier this year. “It’s a really great cast. We put together something magical. I truly believe that it’s going to be something [and] that we are going to be taking the world by a storm.”

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The mob drama stars Chazz Palminteri (left), who is pictured here with Olga Fiore (right).Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

A Brooklyn native, DeMeo  — who has also appeared in “The Sopranos” and “Gotti” — portrays main character Benny Zerletta. 

The show’s second season debuted almost three years after the series’s debut in April 2020, which was met with widespread  acclaim and viewership at the height of the pandemic. 

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John Gotti Jr. (left) attended the premiere, where he posted with Jersey Jerry. Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

DeMeo and his crew at West Street Productions created the series to depict his native Brooklyn neighborhood as it was in the early 80s, and includes some of the area’s most well known landmarks such as Lenny’s Pizza, L&B Spumoni Gardens, and Our Lady of Grace Church. 

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Women dressed in spectacular fashions greeted guests as they walked in to the celebration. Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

The second season will also feature some new locales, like Cannonball Park and Michael’s Restaurant, as well as some far-flung locations in sunny Florida. 

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The show filmed outside of Michael’s Restaurant in Marine Park last summer. File photo by Arthur de Gaeta

“It’s gonna take everybody right back to the good old days,” DeMeo told Brooklyn Paper as filming wrapped up last year. 

“Gravesend” Season Two is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime.