New York poles are demanding limits on blockbuster movie shoots

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City lawmakers are expected to introduce legislation that will impose caps on how often film and television crews can film in certain parts of the Big Apple, The Post has learned.

The proposed rules come amid mounting complaints from New Yorkers that on-location filming is disrupting their neighborhoods.

The legislation, introduced Wednesday by Councilman Lincoln Restler (D-Brooklyn), would require the mayor’s office to limit the number of days crews in certain census tracts — which divide neighborhoods into groups of blocks — could shoot to just 10 per month.

Manufacturers could apply to City Hall for an exemption to exceed the cap.

“It’s time for the City of New York to address the film and television industry that has overwhelmed many of our communities with near-constant filming,” Councilman Lincoln Restler said in a statement.

“Movie and television studios deserve a sane, predictable regulatory framework that allows them to continue to thrive in New York City while respecting our neighborhoods.”

Brooklyn’s Greenpoint and Manhattan’s Upper West Side were particularly hard hit, with production set up on some blocks on an almost daily basis, analysis of city records by Restler’s office shows.

The city legislature is introducing a bill that would limit the number of film crews filming in certain neighborhoods.
The city legislature is introducing a bill that would limit the number of film crews filming in certain neighborhoods.
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Councilwoman Gale Brewer (D-Manhattan), who represents the Upper West Side, said that during her previous tenure on the city council from 2002 to 2013, she would request that City Hall stop issuing permits for certain busy streets to accommodate the to give residents a break.

“It drives people crazy,” she says. “It drives people crazy.”

“If you have a car, there is less parking; There’s a constant buzz, they have these huge lights that can shine in the windows, there’s a generator for the food truck,” she added.

Councilor Lincoln Restler said the film industry has "overwhelmed" some parts of New York City.
Councilman Lincoln Restler said the film industry has “overwhelmed” some parts of New York City.
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The bill would limit filming in census districts to 10 per month.
The bill would limit filming to 10 per month in certain census districts.
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“But parking is the main problem. The scouts are taking up more parking spaces than they need.”

Film and television production is a major industry in the Big Apple, often competing for land shots with cities like Toronto and Los Angeles.

According to the mayor’s most recent situation report, between July 2021 and June 2022, City Hall issued more than 8,600 production permits, down from the 10,000+ granted annually before the pandemic.

Film producers would have to apply to City Hall for a waiver to cross the border.
Film producers would have to apply to City Hall for a waiver to cross the border.
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Even with this citywide down-tick, some neighborhoods are still bearing the brunt of filming.

Production crews shot an average of 23 days per month in a section of Greenpoint between Greenpoint Avenue and Nassau Avenue, according to data analysis requested by Restler’s office.

Nearby, producers set up an average of 15 days a month on a two-block wide stretch between Humboldt and Leonard streets.

In Manhattan, the Upper West Side was one of the most popular neighborhoods to live in for filming, with crews averaging at least 10 days per month stationed between 70th and 78th Streets, which ran from Central Park West to Amsterdam Ave.

Councilwoman Gale Brewer said continuous filming "drives people insane"
Councilwoman Gale Brewer said constant film shoots ‘drive people insane’
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“We appreciate Councilor Restler’s commitment to this issue, and our film office is in constant dialogue to address concerns in his district,” said Melanie Scharler, a spokeswoman for the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, which issues the permits.

“Filming in NYC is always a balancing act where we try to support the needs of both the industry and the communities in which we are filming,” she added.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/07/new-york-pols-call-for-limits-to-block-busting-film-shoots/ New York poles are demanding limits on blockbuster movie shoots

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