In HBO’s latest prestige drama, The Deuce, New York City is—as cliche as this is to say—a character unto itself. The series, created by The Wire mastermind David Simon and author George Pelecanos, is a compelling look at the city in the gritty, sordid 1970s. And as the name suggests, it focuses on one area in particular: Times Square, namely the two-block area of 42nd Street that was dubbed “The Deuce” and was, by the 1970s, filled with seedy peep shows and X-rated theaters.
The series is about the characters who inhabited that world, including sex workers (Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Candy, who eventually moves on to porn production), pimps, and the behind-the-scenes players who existed on the fringes of the industry. (James Franco, for example, plays double-duty as a bartender and his gambling, debt-ridden twin brother.)
But for amateur historians, part of the thrill of the series will be in picking out the locations used to re-create that period in time. Producers for the show have said that they used more than 100 locations throughout the city for the series, and while we can’t promise this will be a comprehensive list of every single one, we’re planning to hit the highlights as the series evolves over the next few months. Check back as we add more locations in the weeks to come. (Beware: Spoilers ahead.)Read More