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'Show Me A Hero' Wraps Up Filming In Yonkers

"Show Me A Hero" production trucks have been all over Yonkers during filming. Photo Credit: Pamela Stern
Production trucks have been seen all over Yonkers for the filming of "Show Me A Hero." Photo Credit: Pamela Stern

YONKERS, N.Y. — 'Show Me A Hero,' a six part miniseries about the tension that the City of Yonkers faced during a federal lawsuit on housing and school desegregation, completed filming on location Sunday.

According to William F. Zorzi, the writer/executive producer of the miniseries, HBO has not yet set a date for 'Show Me A Hero,' which is based on the book of the same name by Lisa Belkin.

"Everyone has been extremely accommodating -- and patient," said Zorzi. "When we’re shooting on location, I find that a lot of folks are curious about the project and will walk up to talk about it. Other folks who lived through that turbulent time – on all sides of the housing issue -- have generously offered their thoughts on that chapter of Yonkers’ history."

Filming started in Yonkers on Oct. 1, 2014.

The filming may be finished in Yonkers, but that doesn't mean that the production is complete. "Some of us were involved in preproduction, as well, for several months before that – as we will be involved in postproduction work for several months afterwards," said Zorzi.

Yonkers has moved on since this challenging time and changes were noted by Zorzi. "The waterfront probably has seen the most dramatic change. I know when we were shooting aerial footage from a helicopter, trying to capture the iconic recreation pier was very difficult given the new high-rises on either side of it, and School No. 4, at Gaffney Place and Trenchard Street, no longer exists, it was demolished to make way for the townhouses at that location."

"Mulford Gardens was demolished so we ended up using Cottage Place Gardens as a double for Mulford – not too much of a stretch," said Zorzi. "The colored lights on City Hall dome are new since the time of the story; so, we had to have City Hall maintenance folks shut them off to film night exterior shots of the building."

"Both the mayor’s office and City Council president’s office bent over backwards to allow us to film in those offices and make that happen," said Zorzi.

"I would not hesitate to film again in Yonkers, provided that the city and its landscape lent itself to the story itself," said Zorzi.

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