On Sunday, January 28th, Alex, Danny, Jessica, Jarrod and I stood in the rain in the heart of Times Square trying to plot our next move for location scouting.
While it may seem like a subway grate is an easy thing to find in New York City, we were not looking for just ANY subway grate. We were looking for THE subway grate. The one just unassuming yet aesthetically pleasing enough to film the meet cute for our two leads in episode one.
We spotted our first potential grate across the street and walked over. I took my place on it. “This one is too small,” exclaimed Danny and Alex simultaneously. Everyone nodded in agreement and looked around helplessly, unsure of where to go next.
I chimed in, “I could show you guys a second subway grate, the one that inspired me, but it is definitely too big.” We moved in the direction of our next spot hopeful that this grate would energize and focus our search.
Danny suggested we walk along 7th avenue instead of Broadway in hopes of it being less congested. We turned the corner onto 7th when we spotted a third grate and were stopped in our tracks. A choir of angels sang out and it seemed that the clouds had cleared so the sun could beam down on this grimy hunk of steaming metal in the ground. It was potentially the most perfect subway grate in all of New York City.
We looked at each other with equal excitement and joy. No words spoken until we began to yell a slew of positive affirmations, knowing we had found the subway grate worthy of introducing Charly and Greg. This one felt just right.
(see photo on Media page)