A treeless stretch of Washington Heights turns back into gritty Times Square for Season 2 of "T


A recreated Playland in Washington Heights for Season 2 of "The Deuce"

As was nicely documented when it first premiered in the fall of 2017, HBO's "The Deuce" used a number of blocks in Washington Heights as stand-ins for New York in the 1970s.

Gritty Times Square recreated in Washington Heights for Season 2 of "The Deuce"

The series' design team did an almost uncanny job recreating a gritty Times Square where the sex industry had its roots.

Gritty Times Square recreated in Washington Heights for Season 2 of "The Deuce"

Now that filming for Season 2 is well under way, the crew has returned to the same stretch of Upper Manhattan, notably Amsterdam Avenue between 164th and 165th Streets.

Gritty Times Square recreated in Washington Heights for Season 2 of "The Deuce"

Last Thursday a Mexican restaurant was morphed into the iconic New York arcade Playland and a nearby driving school into an X-rated movie theater.

Gritty Times Square recreated in Washington Heights for Season 2 of "The Deuce"
Gritty Times Square recreated in Washington Heights for Season 2 of "The Deuce"

The show's production team found the right mix of qualities it needed to recreate a vintage Times Square, according to the New York Post: six-lane streets lined with older stores, plus a lack of trees and scaffolding.

A scene straight out of 1970s New York recreated in Washington Heights for Season 2 of "The Deuce"

Two months earlier, it transformed a block five streets south into another scene from the 1970s, with vintage cars and shop signs dotting the street.

A scene straight out of 1970s New York recreated in Washington Heights for Season 2 of "The Deuce"
A 1970s store sign hangs in Washington Heights for Season 2 of "The Deuce"

Season 2 of "The Deuce," starring Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, is set to premiere on September 2.

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