Levin Introduces Bill to Suspend Alternate Side Parking Near Film Shoots

City Councilmember Steve Levin wants to minimize the inconvenience occasioned by film shoots, many of which take place in Brooklyn Heights.

OTBKB: Councilmember Stephen Levin (33rd district which includes Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Williamsburg and Greenpoint) is introducing a local law to the New York City Council today that would, if approved by the majority of the Council, suspend alternate side of the street parking around film shoots.

According to Levin’s press release, the bill, if enacted, would:

1. Suspend alternate side of the street parking for up to seven days on the site of a film shoot

2. Suspend alternate side of the street parking in the four blocks adjacent to a film site

3. Production companies will be required to post notice of the temporary suspension of parking rules on the effected streets. Production companies are currently required to post “No Parking” signs on the street they are filming on.

Levin “urges residents and production companies to contact his office with any questions or concerns regarding this bill.”

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  • MartinLBrooklyn

    Councilmember Levin is well-intentioned but terribly misguided. Film shoots occur occasionally, maybe once a month for a day or two, usually.
    However, what truly needs action is the daily abuse by parking permit holders—NYPD, State and Federal — who use Heights streets routinely for their commituing convenience. Monroe Place and Pierrepont St. are parked up regularly to the disadvantage or tradesmen, deliverymen, school pick ups and deliveries, and others with a legitimate need for parking.
    This persisting abuse crowds the narrow streets, and obscures sight lines making crossing extra hazardous. And, in a health or fire or police emergency, it severely constricts access to our homes.
    Mr. Levin would be well-advised to focus on just why the 84th Precinct insists on giving these unnecessary allowances to officers of the court who are sworn to uphold the law.
    Because of the constricted nature of our narrow streets, the Heights was once declared a “no permit zone.” Why the free pass now to the discomfort and danger of taxpaying residents in favor of this special class?

  • lori

    I agree with Martin. It is not feasible to suspend alternate for such a restricted area. Also, if parking restrictions exist for safety, emergency or fire engine access, it doesn’t make sense to allow a car with permit to park there. ALSO – we need an additional No Parking except Tuesday sign on Pierrepont Street between Willow and Columbia Hts. People park there not realizing there is no parking allowed because there is no sign other than the one at the Col Hts corner and there is routinely a dumpster and “permit car” there, so people assume it’s legal to park there.

  • Fritz

    Levin is really taking a risky position on this. I’m sure the alternate side supporters are massing to oppose.

  • Arch Stanton

    I think its a good idea. It is about time the “street parking” crowd got some consideration.

    @ MartinLBrooklyn
    I don’t know where you live or where you park your car, but you are the one who is “terribly misguided” film shoots are frequent in this area, can take up several blocks and can last for a week or more. It is an unreasonable inconvenience to remove dozens of public parking spaces for the profit of some private production company.

    @lori, Why is it “not feasible” to suspend alternate parking for a specific area and time? It was done recently, when the parking regulation signs were changed. The local police and traffic agents could easily be informed of the changes on a daily basis. Also, it is illegal for permit holders to park in fire zones, no standing zones or at hydrants.

  • Arch Stanton