This dispatch just in from our man in the NYC Council, Steve Levin in response to the crazy amount of filming recently in Brooklyn Heights (we’re looking at you, Delivery Man):
Council Member Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn Heights) called on the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting to place the entirety of Brooklyn Heights on the City’s “hot spot” list, which would result in a moratorium on filming in the neighborhood and provide much-needed respite for a community that has seen more than its fair share of on-street filming.
Brooklyn Heights has been overrun with movies, television shows and commercials in recent months. In October and November alone, the community played host to at least fourteen different productions, including at least three major motion pictures. Last Wednesday, two films, Delivery Man and Winter’s Tale, were granted filming permits on the same day and were allowed to hold up to eight blocks of parking and shut down arteries such as Henry Street to traffic in the small, residential neighborhood. Winter’s Tale is scheduled to film more scenes in Brooklyn Heights next week.
“I understand and respect the fact that the movie and television industry provides revenue for the city and employs a number of New Yorkers, but residents of a single neighborhood, especially one that is primarily residential, like Brooklyn Heights, should not have to bear the burden of on-street filming on an almost daily basis,” said Council Member Levin. “The people who live in this community should be able to freely walk down the sidewalk, park on the street, and bring their children to the local playground without constantly dodging film crews.”
Brooklyn Heights, which is known for its historic brownstones, tree-lined streets, and views of Manhattan, is a top choice for location scouts and is even used as a stand-in for Boston and other cities.
“The moment one film shoot wraps, the next production is already out scouting locations in Brooklyn Heights,” Council Member Levin continued. “The situation is so bad that films are literally competing for space—one production recently posted ‘no parking’ signs before they received their permits, only to find out another production was scheduled to film on those blocks on the same day. We need to find a reasonable balance between the needs of residents and the needs of the industry. Until we can come to a resolution, however, the City ought to prohibit filming in Brooklyn Heights.”