Council Member Levin: "No More Movies"

One local councilman is seeking to put a moratorium on film shoots in Brooklyn Heights. Could our neighborhood benefit from a similar respite?

After being bombarded with a steady stream of overlapping shoots throughout October and November, a local official is seeking to put a moratorium on film productions in Brooklyn Heights. Could our neighborhood be next?

“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 in a statement.

“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, known for its historic brownstones, tree-lined streets, and views of Manhattan, was the site of 14 different productions, including at least three major motion pictures, over the last two months.

The resulting street closures, loss of parking and other grievances have left many residents up in arms. It inspired Levin to 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 until a reasonable balance can be found between residents' needs and those of the film industry.

But Brooklyn Heights isn't the only popular Brooklyn neighborhood among Hollywood location scouts. Ditmas Park has been the site of myriad productions as well over the last year, including many a movie and a Kevin Bacon show to premiere on Fox in early 2013.

Do our streets not deserve the same consideration as Brooklyn Heights? What do you think, readers: Are the film shoots a boon or a burden?

Eustace Greaves Jr December 05, 2012 at 11:22 PM
As a Prospect Heights businessowner, I only wish these film productions would patronize the local restaurants for their food service, instead of bringing their own catering services. Local restaurants suffer a loss in business caused by the lack of parking created when film shoots are in the neighborhood. Use the local restaurants. Their fare is just as good, if not better.


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