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Ossington Ave. turned into New York strip for TV shoot

Two subway stations and a non-government-owned liquor store popped up along Ossington Ave. overnight and it wasn’t because of any mayoral candidate election promises.

Instead, the additions were the work of the Showcase and CW television seriesBeauty and the Beast, a modern adaptation of the story featuring a romantic sci-fi twist.

Currently in its third season, the series — shot throughout southern Ontario, but set in New York — stars Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) and New Zealand soap opera star Jay Ryan.

Location manager John Musikka said Kreuk, Ryan and guest star Natasha Henstridge were being filmed Monday along the busy street, which crews had transformed into “a little slice of New York City” for the day.

Standing in the drizzling rain on Ossington between the yellow taxicab-lined Argyle and Humbert Sts., he noted that Toronto often serves as a stand-in for New York.

“Ossington is one of the streets in Toronto that lends itself to looking like a village in New York because of the period and height of buildings,” he said.

To bring an American atmosphere to the area, he pointed out that 92 Ossington (formerly Delux, soon to be La Cubana), had been remade into the fictitious Mama Cerzeto’s 24-hour pizzeria. Up the street, he noted that tequila bar Reposado had been fashioned into a taco joint.

He said the spot will be the scene of a crime in one of the show’s season three episodes, planned for broadcast in the new year.
As crews unpacked props from burly, white trucks and production assistants rushed around with camera equipment, passersby snapped photos in front of New York Police Department cruisers and street signs denoting Market and Bleecker Sts., marking the Greenwich Village district.

“They speculate as to what show it is and people point out the vehicles, license plates and subway stops,” said Musikka of those he’s seen wandering around the set with puzzled looks on their faces. “Everyone looks around to see if there is a performer they might recognize.”

He said the biggest draw is the musty green subway station entrances installed along the street.

“People like taking pictures of them, checking them out and seeing that they don’t actually lead anywhere because they are plunked onto the sidewalk,” he said.

Megan Brown, a 24-year-old student who sauntered down the street Monday past a bike repair store disguised as a liquor shop, was surprised to see her neighbourhood turned into a New York strip.

She grabbed a quick snap of the fake subway station entrance denoting Markwell Street Station by Uptown and the Bronx.

“It’s too bad this isn’t a working subway station. I bet it would be a better ride than the TTC,” she said jokingly before rushing off to catch a bus to class. “One day, maybe we will have New York service without the set.”

Source: Toronto Star

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Front Page, Industry News

Ossington Ave. turned into New York strip for TV shoot

Two subway stations and a non-government-owned liquor store popped up along Ossington Ave. overnight and it wasn’t because of any mayoral candidate election promises.

Instead, the additions were the work of the Showcase and CW television seriesBeauty and the Beast, a modern adaptation of the story featuring a romantic sci-fi twist.

Currently in its third season, the series — shot throughout southern Ontario, but set in New York — stars Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) and New Zealand soap opera star Jay Ryan.

Location manager John Musikka said Kreuk, Ryan and guest star Natasha Henstridge were being filmed Monday along the busy street, which crews had transformed into “a little slice of New York City” for the day.

Standing in the drizzling rain on Ossington between the yellow taxicab-lined Argyle and Humbert Sts., he noted that Toronto often serves as a stand-in for New York.

“Ossington is one of the streets in Toronto that lends itself to looking like a village in New York because of the period and height of buildings,” he said.

To bring an American atmosphere to the area, he pointed out that 92 Ossington (formerly Delux, soon to be La Cubana), had been remade into the fictitious Mama Cerzeto’s 24-hour pizzeria. Up the street, he noted that tequila bar Reposado had been fashioned into a taco joint.

He said the spot will be the scene of a crime in one of the show’s season three episodes, planned for broadcast in the new year.
As crews unpacked props from burly, white trucks and production assistants rushed around with camera equipment, passersby snapped photos in front of New York Police Department cruisers and street signs denoting Market and Bleecker Sts., marking the Greenwich Village district.

“They speculate as to what show it is and people point out the vehicles, license plates and subway stops,” said Musikka of those he’s seen wandering around the set with puzzled looks on their faces. “Everyone looks around to see if there is a performer they might recognize.”

He said the biggest draw is the musty green subway station entrances installed along the street.

“People like taking pictures of them, checking them out and seeing that they don’t actually lead anywhere because they are plunked onto the sidewalk,” he said.

Megan Brown, a 24-year-old student who sauntered down the street Monday past a bike repair store disguised as a liquor shop, was surprised to see her neighbourhood turned into a New York strip.

She grabbed a quick snap of the fake subway station entrance denoting Markwell Street Station by Uptown and the Bronx.

“It’s too bad this isn’t a working subway station. I bet it would be a better ride than the TTC,” she said jokingly before rushing off to catch a bus to class. “One day, maybe we will have New York service without the set.”

Source: Toronto Star

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Front Page, Industry News

Ossington Ave. turned into New York strip for TV shoot

Two subway stations and a non-government-owned liquor store popped up along Ossington Ave. overnight and it wasn’t because of any mayoral candidate election promises.

Instead, the additions were the work of the Showcase and CW television seriesBeauty and the Beast, a modern adaptation of the story featuring a romantic sci-fi twist.

Currently in its third season, the series — shot throughout southern Ontario, but set in New York — stars Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) and New Zealand soap opera star Jay Ryan.

Location manager John Musikka said Kreuk, Ryan and guest star Natasha Henstridge were being filmed Monday along the busy street, which crews had transformed into “a little slice of New York City” for the day.

Standing in the drizzling rain on Ossington between the yellow taxicab-lined Argyle and Humbert Sts., he noted that Toronto often serves as a stand-in for New York.

“Ossington is one of the streets in Toronto that lends itself to looking like a village in New York because of the period and height of buildings,” he said.

To bring an American atmosphere to the area, he pointed out that 92 Ossington (formerly Delux, soon to be La Cubana), had been remade into the fictitious Mama Cerzeto’s 24-hour pizzeria. Up the street, he noted that tequila bar Reposado had been fashioned into a taco joint.

He said the spot will be the scene of a crime in one of the show’s season three episodes, planned for broadcast in the new year.
As crews unpacked props from burly, white trucks and production assistants rushed around with camera equipment, passersby snapped photos in front of New York Police Department cruisers and street signs denoting Market and Bleecker Sts., marking the Greenwich Village district.

“They speculate as to what show it is and people point out the vehicles, license plates and subway stops,” said Musikka of those he’s seen wandering around the set with puzzled looks on their faces. “Everyone looks around to see if there is a performer they might recognize.”

He said the biggest draw is the musty green subway station entrances installed along the street.

“People like taking pictures of them, checking them out and seeing that they don’t actually lead anywhere because they are plunked onto the sidewalk,” he said.

Megan Brown, a 24-year-old student who sauntered down the street Monday past a bike repair store disguised as a liquor shop, was surprised to see her neighbourhood turned into a New York strip.

She grabbed a quick snap of the fake subway station entrance denoting Markwell Street Station by Uptown and the Bronx.

“It’s too bad this isn’t a working subway station. I bet it would be a better ride than the TTC,” she said jokingly before rushing off to catch a bus to class. “One day, maybe we will have New York service without the set.”

Source: Toronto Star

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