This week’s Heights Lowdown column in the Brooklyn Paper doesn’t help Brooklyn Heights shake its reputation as the “neighborhood that fun forgot” one bit.
Juliana Bunim wastes no time in joining the chorus of negatrons (zombie-like negative thinkers) who are whining over being inconvenienced by the Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading shoot in the neighborhood:
George Clooney and Brad Pitt have invaded the neighborhood to film their latest flick, the Coen Brothers’ “Burn After Reading,” and I, for one, can’t wait for the Hollywood heartthrobs to hit the road.
Hit the road? Scram? As in “you crazy kids get off my lawn”? Even Dennis the Menace’s neighbor Mr. Wilson wasn’t that uptight.
Today’s shoot which will culminate with a crash scene has Bunim reaching for a rolling pin to shake at Clooney and Pitt from her stoop:
It’s going to get even more congested. If you’re walking to the Hillside dog park this Tuesday, there will be flaming pyrotechnics and bloody (well, fake-bloody) bodies on Middagh Street, according to a flyer from the film’s production company, Gramercy Productions.
“An aftermath of a T-bone crash,” will be shot on the street, between Hicks and Willow streets, the flyer said. Of course filming requires an entourage of support vehicles, which means the west side of Hicks between Orange and Poplar Streets will be blocked off as well.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous and over-the-top,” said local Neil Thayler. “They’ve held spots on Hicks Street for two weeks already. It’s really taking advantage of the residents.”
And all this angst is pent up why? Because of parking?
“The whole neighborhood has been calling about parking,” said Irene Janner, the office manager at the BHA… “We already have such an issue with government employees who park with placards in places where regular tax-paying people could park,” said [BHA Executive Director Judy] Stanton. “So much parking is now blocked off, but there is very little I can do to appease residents.”
She adds that homeowners who allow film crews into their homes are oblivious to the havoc they wreak. After all, don’t they understand what that does to the neighborhood? “The homeowners might be getting a nice location fee, but they should think about what it means to everyone else who is not getting paid off,” she tells the paper.
So many Heights residents live in a reality where parking is more important than the excitement of a major motion picture filming in their neighborhood. For others, the thrill of seeing our neighborhood captured for eternity in classics like Moonstruck is well worth the “inconvenience”. Yeah, on second thought, finding a spot for that Escalade is much more important.
In the words of the great poet, Robert Plant, “does anyone remember laughter?”