May 15th, 2012
According to Gothamist and Brooklyn Paper articles, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment limited film shoots in Dumbo, restricting movies being filmed for a 6 week period in March/April due to complaints from neighbors that they are too frequent and because of infrastructure work.
The Brooklyn Paper wrote:
“It is part of our office’s continuing efforts to weigh the needs and concerns of the community while supporting the jobs that come from film and television production in the city,” said city film spokeswoman Marybeth Ihle.
The city is only allowing a limited number of movies to shoot in a wide swath of the borough bounded by Gold, Front, Plymouth, and Main streets.
Production companies did not film any movies, television shows, or commercials in large parts of the historic neighborhood before April 1 because of infrastructure work, according to the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.
Some neighbors cheered the intermission for easing parking and congestion, but others claim any moratorium — even a limited one — will hurt the city’s film industry and neighborhood businesses.
“Most residents do not understand that filming in NYC has a strong positive economic impact on the community,” said DUMBO resident Mark Winkel, who stages events and runs a production studio. “The shops, cafes, and galleries all gain substantially from any type of extra foot traffic — it’s hard times right now, and businesses need any push they can get.”
The temporary moratorium on productions has been lifted, according to Chris Coffey, the Assistant Commissioner at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment. He told Gothamist, “Brooklyn is open for business, including Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo… while we balance the needs of residents, it is also our primary mission to get people to make their production in this City. Film and TV employs 130,000 New Yorkers. Those are real jobs for real New Yorkers. It generated $7.1 Billion for the City’s economy in 2011 and we are going for even more this year.”
Looks like we should expect to see more filming in Brooklyn and NYC.
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