4. Times Square
Recreating Times Square of the pre-Giuliani days is always a challenge since it looks nothing like what it was. A show like The Deuce ended up filming up in Washington Heights and recreating a more gritty streetscape uptown. The movie Joker, though set in the fictional Gotham, opted to shoot in Newark and Jersey City instead.
In tick, tick …Boom! VFX is used to show the vintage storefronts, showing the peep shows, sex shops, and camera shops of the time but also small storefronts in East Harlem on Third Avenue were transformed to look like the Times Square of the past.