As noted yesterday, David Simon’s new series The Deuce, starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, is shooting in the East Village and Lower East Side today. If you parked your car on East 7th Street, between Second and First Avenues, it’s long gone and has been replaced by these throwback rides, including the vintage paddy wagon above. Yes, the show is about the porn industry in 1971, but don’t even think about asking J-Franks to give you the John Holmes treatment or you’ll be eating billy club in the back of this glorified ice cream truck.
It looks like this portion of the shoot will take place inside of Blue & Gold Tavern, whose signage has been replaced with a generic “BAR” sign. Good thing for Hollywood, not all of the East Village’s dives have been priced out of existence.