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Amazon Prime series ‘Modern Love’ turning production to Schenectady’s Jay Street Marketplace

PETER R. BARBER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERSigns posted on the Jay Street Pedestrian Marketplace Tuesday announce filming for Netflix's series "Modern Love."

PETER R. BARBER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Signs posted on the Jay Street Pedestrian Marketplace Tuesday announce filming for Netflix's series "Modern Love."

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SCHENECTADY — Downtown is getting a shot of “Modern Love.”

Production for the Amazon Prime webseries will film Wednesday night on the Jay Street Pedestrian Marketplace.

Businesses have been asked to keep their interior and overhead lights on until midnight Wednesday to create a nighttime ambiance.

“They reached out for us to leave our lights on and they compensated everyone for it,” said Abby Rockmacher, president of the Jay Street Business Association.

The production will shoot internally in at least one location, the former Katz Cafe, Rockmacher said.

The crew previously shot at the downtown mall in mid-September.

Numerous locales in the Capital Region, including Troy and Albany, have played host to the series, which is based on the eponymous New York Times column.

Yet the experience hasn’t been rosy for everyone.

The crew’s presence generated grumbling from residents of the city’s South End neighborhood last week, who cited a perceived lack of communication and the nearly two-dozen cars towed ahead of the shoot.

Rockmacher said the Jay Street Business Association has had nothing but positive experiences with the production, which is based in the Schenectady Armory Center.

“I don’t think anyone on Jay Street has any negative feelings about ‘Modern Love,’” she said.

Filming notices posted on Jay Street Marketplace, State Street, Clinton Street and Franklin Street are asking residents to move their vehicles by Tuesday night at 10 p.m. and provided a list alternative locations to park.

The shoot is based in the Schenectady Armory Center.

Scenes have also been shot at the Steinmetz Education Center, Central Park Middle School, Proctors and in the city’s Mont Pleasant neighborhood.

Mayor Gary McCarthy acknowledged filming can present an inconvenience at times, but said the crew has been an asset to the city.

“They’ve been very professional,” he said. “The residents have also been cooperative in working with them.

“All in all, the film crew seems to be happy with Schenectady and we’re glad they’re here,” McCarthy said.

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