Film Shoot With 2 Live Bulls Stops Jackson Heights Traffic

By Paul DeBenedetto on August 30, 2012 6:57pm 

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Hollywood is bullish on Jackson Heights.

A shoot for the new ABC TV show "Zero Hour" slowed traffic in the neighborhood to a crawl Thursday afternoon as cars and onlookers stopped to view two live brahma bulls sitting right alongside 37th Avenue.

The show, which according to reports is a mystery that stars former "ER," "Top Gun" and "Revenge of the Nerds" star Anthony Edwards, was filming a traffic jam scene, according to one man working on the show.

Filmmakers blocked off 74th Street between Roosevelt and 37th avenues, and were going to use the two bulls, named Popcorn and Bandit, as part of the scenery, according to one of the bulls' trainers.

Onlookers were shocked.

"I grew up on a farm, so I'm used to animals," said Kelvin Peña, 34, who lives in the neighborhood and works in retail. "But on a street like this? No."

One student was stunned to walk out of class at Plaza College right into the scene.

"This is amazing, awesome," said Lorraine Herbert, 45, from South Ozone Park, before pulling out her camera phone. "I've got to take this for my son."

"I think it's great," Ursula Caiola, 65, said of the filming. "It brings money into the area."

At one point a woman walked up to the bulls with a large necklace made of flowers, and the trainer draped the necklace over Bandit's neck.

The filming was set to go on until 1 or 2 a.m., according to a spokeswoman for the show.

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