The original "4 Stories" concept called for shooting host wraparounds out on the street.  I was determined to give the series a classier look--a look that would be truly distinctive.  But how to do it on a miniscule budget?

The answer turned out to be the 7th floor of 420 West 45th Street.  A former Tootsie Roll factory, the 7th floor was a vast, decrepit space, used only for storage.  But one look out the window told the story: