Some fans spotted prop New York taxi cabs and other NYC set dressing last December in Gastown and hoped it would be for one final downtown shoot of their show Fringe. Surprisingly, it turned out to be for Once Upon a Time instead. The modern fairy tale series shot scenes of famous fairy tale character Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) out of Storybrooke and in Manhattan, where a coerced Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Henry (Jared Gilmore) help him search for his long-lost son Bae. Is Bae found? Well, that’s a spoiler for another post.
Once Upon a Time crew put up SoHo banners on Carrall and Powell Streets, brought out street stalls hawking books and hats on Carrall Street and piled up garbage bags next to a prop hot dog stand outside a fake Hotel Manhattan on Powell Street, as prop taxi cabs circled the block with ads for Tour New York, New York Citizen and Dunkin’ Donuts on top and dozens of background performers strolled the streets.
Once Upon a Time returns with a new episodes, including 2×14 Manhattan, in February.