From Port Authority to the Shoeshine Scene (Times Square Episode 1)

On this episode, Melissa and Cheyenne tour Times Square social scenes in the 70s, through the pilot episode of "The Deuce." Our special guest is the author of The End of Policing, Alex Vitale. 

Times Square, 1971 / Getty

On this episode

"Nixon is pimp" / What year is it? 1971 / Darlene's tour of the SRO / Candy does some bookkeeping / Franco's Death Wish / Critics agree: "sex work is work" / Ellsberg, paranoia, and the plumbers / the Watergate years of porn / KLUTE, and Bree Daniels as everywoman / One of the two schools of police reform thought: "The Mod Squad" / the other isn't "Barney Miller" but you should watch it / call us! / so long

Franco's Patty Duke moment ("The Deuce")

Franco's Patty Duke moment ("The Deuce")

Further reading and viewing

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Paul DeMaria /  New York Daily News

Paul DeMaria / New York Daily News

  • "The Mod Squad"
    • “The Teeth of the Barracuda” (pilot); 1968
    • closing scene
  • "Barney Miller"
    • "Christmas Story” (season 3, episode 10); 1976
    • "Barney Miller: 40 Years Later, The Most Intelligent, Literate US Sitcom Ever,"; 2014 (online)
  • "Night Court"
A conversation   (Klute)

A conversation (Klute)

  • Richard M. Nixon
    • Nixonland, Rick Perlstein; 2008
  • Daniel Ellsberg
  •  "When Leer Was King," New York Times; September 8, 2017 ("Review: HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ Works a Vibrant Hustle in the Naked City," online version )
  • "David Simon: ‘If you’re not consuming porn, you’re still consuming its logic’,", September 10, 2017 (originally published in The Observeronline version)
  • The End of Policing, Alex Vitale; 2017
  • City of Disorder: How the Quality of Life Campaign Transformed New York Politics, Alex Vitale; 2008
  • Times Square Red, Times Square Blue, Samuel R. Delany; 1999

Featured Music

  • "Shannon," Henry Gross; 1976
  • “Tomorrow’s Memory Lane,” Henry Gross; 1975
  • "American City Suite," Cashman & West; 1972


TERRIFIC CITY is hosted by Melissa Gira Grant and Cheyenne Picardo. The show was recorded and edited by Cheyenne Picardo, and it was produced by Melissa Gira Grant.