What New Yorker of a certain age can forget the old Times Square where multiple venues offered sex shows for a quarter or the chance to grab a handful of breasts through a squeeze-through window for just a buck? Of course, along with all that good stuff came an equal opportunity to get mugged. Regardless, for better or worse (depending on your own personal perception), that Times Square is long gone and only in evidence on an HBO program called “THE DEUCE.”
Well just this past Saturday, I reported to my habitual volunteer location at Avenue A and 2nd Street to see our lobby transformed into the 14th precinct of 1970’s New York, complete with props like a stack of phone books (a phone book? What the fuck is that?) set along the wall. When I asked the door guy what was going on, he responded that HBO was in the process of filming the second season of The Deuce on our very location – which would account for the props from 40 years ago.
Exactly how HBO found our little piece of heaven (once an elementary school and now owned by Catholic Charities) nobody could explain. Perhaps, someone from HBO volunteered at the kitchen once upon a time and decided ours would be a good spot for an HBO set. Nobody seemed to know.
You’ll note that I take a somewhat possessive tone about a place in which I have zero ownership. That’s because last week after volunteering and then adjourning to the local watering hole, several people – some of them the executives who run the kitchen – went out of their way to socialize and compliment me on what an excellent job I do there, citing how everybody in my charge always tells them what a joy I am to work for (or with).
The truth is that the only times in my whole life that I was in charge of employees would be those occasions when I lead recording sessions, handing written music to people I’d hired to play on tape. Which means I haven’t spent a lot of my working life as a boss.
Regardless, I seem to have a knack for getting people to do what’s needed without offending. Go figure. Who the fuck knew? The one man pushcart of an advertising agency I once ran was designed specifically so I wouldn’t have to fire orders at employees. That and so I could keep all the money. That part shouldn’t surprise anyone.
Anyway…nice to see that The Deuce will be back, though I’m not sure it will have the same appeal now that the show’s female viewers have become aware that the series’ star is a sexual harasser even if he plays a good guy on the show. Oh well. Those of us who understand show biz are all too aware that all this bull shit is fiction anyway. So what’s the difference? Who cares if JAMES FRANCO used his position to try and get his groove one. Wouldn’t be the first – and won’t be the last.