“Crime” Spree Hits The Heights

Brace yourselves, neighbors: for the next week, nowhere will be safe. The intruders will be everywhere, from Montague to Cranberry, Cadman Plaza to Hicks Street.

Some of us (this writer included) view the encroachment of TV crews as nothing short of an invading army. Others may welcome the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Mariska Hargitay as she strolls along Clark Street.

Regardless of your point of view, whether you walk or drive, it’s going to be a nightmare.







Be careful out there.

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    Yes, it literally is a crime, the way our streets are usurped for the benefit of a commercial venture.

  • Jorale-man

    The problem for me is, I usually don’t recognize 95% of the actors who I see at these shoots. For every A-list celeb who is flown for a scene, there are hundreds of others who I couldn’t pick out of a police lineup. But, as long as I get to my front door I’m not too bothered personally by any of it.

  • Squiggy

    And this is supposed to go on until 4:00 a.m.!

  • Nomcebo Manzini

    On the one hand … NYC *SHOULD* stay as a major player in TV, Movies, etc., … because heaven knows tens of thousands of “immigrants” to our city have come here to pursue performance careers of one kind or another. I think they enrich our city by their presence, and the movie-making DOES generate all kinds of direct & indirect revenue for the City as a whole.

    OTOH, is this a “race to the bottom” in the sense that each state or locale is pitted against each other to see who’ll give the most and take the least??

    I’m told that the BHA gets some “contributions” from these crews. It would be nice to know more about that, but the BHA is far from the most transparent operation.

    And while it may sound whine-y, while other nabes have THEIR problems and concerns, BH certainly gets way more than its “fair share” of filming. Maybe our electeds should noodj the relevant city agency to ENSURE that those affected – obviously, it’s residents who park on-street more than any other, but being kept awake and being asked to NOT walk down a street are among the other issues – our very own BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, to be clear – are at least minimally compensated.

    Requiring a $1000 “contribution” (sure, let it be deductible) for every hour parking is “disrupted” would be ideal. Let it go to the NY Parks Dept., say, because they seem to be bottom man on the city’s funding totem pole, and the entire neighborhood certainly benefits from the CADMAN park and the other one … and some other amenities the Parks Dept. is responsible for.

    MAYBE – I”m not sure – “neighborhood associations,” block associations, etc. could be written in as acceptable recipients, but it would seem that the “Cranberry St. Block Ass’n” would be hard pressed to spend $10,000, so I’m not sure about that.

  • Andrew Porter
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    Fortunately, I’ve been at my upstate home for the past couple of weeks. Hope you enjoyed the invasion.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    Fees based on the amount fo space and time are a good idea. But more importantly, there needs to be limits on the number and frequency of film shoots in a given area. What we have to put up with now is insanity.

  • Teresa

    I’ve no data to back this up, but I’d have to think it’s hard on local merchants, especially when commercial streets like Montague are blocked off and people can’t find anywhere to park. Seems logical that they’d lose business.

  • SongBirdNYC

    FYI-This was for Netfix, they were shooting The Punisher.

  • redlola


  • Teresa

    Hicks St. was for SVU, according to the sign.