All That Shooting? It’s Not Your Imagination

Over the last few weeks, those little multi-colored notices on trees and street signs have flourished almost as efflorescently as the white blossoms that are harbingers of spring in our neighborhood. Locals, though, don’t welcome the signs with quite as much enthusiasm as they do the blossoms.

The Brooklyn Eagle reports what we always know to be true: that film crews are taking over the streets, and merchants are none too happy about it.

“First of all, they bring their own foods. The guys working here, they’re not eating on Montague Street, that’s number one,” said George Chamoun, owner of Monty Q’s pizza at 158 Montague St. “Plus, the customers pull up, there’s no place to park.”

Chamoun added that deliveries take far longer because his drivers “have to park down by Smith Street.”

The Eagle’s Mary Frost reports that so far this year 157 daily shooting permits have been issued for our zip code–more than were issued when their ubiquity caused a moratorium a couple of years ago.

Add the increase in foot and vehicle traffic resulting from exploding development in the area, and you’ve got a recipe for short tempers, frustration, and a lot time circling the block looking for parking…not to mention a financial hit for local businesses.

Janet Allon, the spokeswoman for the city’s media office, noted that a tiny percentage of complaints to 311 involve film shoots, which she attributes to her office’s responsiveness to communities’ wanting a break from filming.

Your humble correspondent proffers an alternative view: that we’ve stopped making those calls to the city’s permit office and 311 precisely because so little is ever done and few calls are returned.

The glimmer of hope here is the implication that if we do start making the calls, perhaps those shoots will be diverted to other neighborhoods, spreading the misery more equally in the borough.

Read the Eagle for the full story



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  • aarrrrrimapirate

    If we’re allowed to grab food from their catering tents whenever we want, then by golly I’m for all for it. You wouldn’t believe how many timed I’ve mulled over grabbing a muffin on the way to the subway.

  • TeddyNYC

    Yeah, I was tempted a few times myself. However, I didn’t feel a pastry/donut/whatever was worth the backseat of a police car. If they really wanted to smooth things over with local residents, they would at least make an extra table or two with muffins and other baked goods available to the people who live here.

  • Roberto Gautier

    When I had a cafe on Court Street, we did not welcome film shoots because the neighborhood did not benefit. In fact, it was bad for business. It felt like an invading and often arrogant force.
    The situation in Brooklyn Heights of late has been disruptive and indicative of a deaf ear by government to the real impact on our economics and quality of life. Elected officials should be required to stick up for their constituents and not hand over the neighborhood to business interests that thumb their noses to the locals. We need a concrete, local quid pro quo.

  • Andrew Porter