Sparring Match: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Crew Trashing The Heights—Or Not?

There’s a dynamic little sparring match taking place over in the Brownstoner forum. Heights’ Henry Street resident Dean Collins posted a comment & pic grumbling about Wednesday’s pervasive “Boardwalk Empire” shoot, insisting “Hey, ‘Empire’ producers, you left your sh*t in front of my apartment.”

His comment reads: “Classless move. Came home to see that the ‘Boardwalk Empire’ production team left their sh*t on the footpath and road in front of my apartment after they left from filming. Next time you want to film in Brooklyn Heights, expect someone to be out there with an air horn. This isn’t Manhattan with crap all over the place; we care what our streets look like.”

But LOC2013, a staffer with the production company, took issue, posting: “This report isn’t exactly true. Catering was held on Henry Street around 4-5 p.m. (Wednesday), and our trash vendor came as he does every day to take away all of our trash. It is true there was a pile of trash left on the side of the street for a few hours until (they picked) it up, but we would never abandon our trash and not take care of it.”

Collins then responded: “Uhm, catering between 4-5 p.m? Then who was serving breakfast to the crew at 9 a.m.? Boxes started piling up in the morning and this photo was taken at 6 p.m. after your crew drove away. Saying it was only there for a few hours is BS. At 9 p.m. when I came home from walking the dog it was still there. As you (and others) choose to use this location for staging on a regular basis, maybe more effort could be made. Or are you saying the way it was stacked with boxes spilling onto the road all day was appropriate?”

And it keeps getting better! LOC2013 then attempted to diffuse the tif, adding: “We wait until the end of our day so our trash vendor can pick up all trash generated by our crew. Not just catering, but also at our film location. Please feel free to call our office at 917-671-5250 if you would like to discuss it further.”

And finally, Collins: “If you think it’s appropriate…. then nothing to further discuss.”

Other choice comments in the thread include:
* “Starting to get tired of this sh*t. Somebody explain to me what this adds to the neighborhood?”
* “Call the phone number on the posted filming notices and demand that they clean up their mess.”

Good times!

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  • Boerum Bill

    My remote-control air horn in a mailbox will drive them insane!

  • Arch Stanton

    GREAT idea!!! I’m gonna start building one too…

  • Knight

    If I watched you do that, I’d be laughing so hard they’d swear it was me!

  • Wiley E.

    Oh, Baby. And how.

  • Real Man

    You’re upset about THAT?! And that it sits there for a few hours? Grow up / get a life.

  • Wiley E.

    $hit adds up. It is the sum total of the parts.

  • MonroeOrange

    its the principal…they use our hood, and trash it, and we, the ones who have to deal with all the inconviences, get nothing in return…i see why he was upset

  • David on Middagh

    Nothing? That’s not true… Buscemi came to the firehouse—twice!

  • MonroeOrange

    okayyyyyyy? He would have come either way, he is a former firefighter and is friendly with many of the men there…but if it makes you happy….We get ‘Almost’ nothing but inconviences :)

  • David on Middagh

    I’m just saying… Despite the trash, we still support the local shoots of the local guy who supports the local firehouses. Or something.