Ditmas Park

Move Your Cars By Friday Morning For Film Shoot

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We spotted this sign for a film shoot that will be happening from 6am to 10pm Saturday on East 17th Street between Ditmas Avenue and Dorchester Road. The project name is “DD” – which, if you know what that means, let us know!

And, if you’re parked in the area, be sure to move your car by Friday at 6am. If your car is moved, call Jose at (914) 774-3499.

As always, if you spot other signs for this filming, or any other, send us an email at editor@ditmasparkcorner.com.

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  1. Im so tired of this. Is there any benefit to the neighborhood at all or is it just the wonderful parking nightmare it often creates in our otherwise easy breezy parking hood?

  2. There is great benefit to the ONE neighbor who rents out their house for the day… The “collateral damage” for the two block radius of this house only benefits indirectly due to the ‘increased economic activity in New York City.’

    I own a car, but I’m not that bothered by the parking thing (other than the prospect of your car mysteriously being relocated 3 blocks away because you happened to go out of town for 3 days). It’s the general kerfuffle these things create. Lot’s of people. Weird lights. Lots of idling generators. PA’s telling you to cross your own street or walk around. etc. etc.

    The parking thing is annoying though. Trucks and trailers. OK. That makes sense. But you’re displacing our parked cars so YOU can park you car? Why don’t YOU walk. Once the trucks and trailers are in place, I think *all* other parking should be “released.” Why does a production crew member have priority to park. They don’t need access to their vehicles. They just don’t want to walk. (This is not dissimilar to my opinion about the firefighters double-parking on Cortelyou. They create a dangerous bottle-neck because they don’t want to walk from a block away. They don’t need access to their personal vehicles during their multi-day shifts… in fact they are forbidden from using them while on duty. Park somewhere else!! Your “hero” status doesn’t mean you should be a d*ck.)

  3. A number of the people on those film crews don’t live here so it’s not a matter of their commute from a borough neighborhood. They also are required on set for lengthy periods of time beginning very early in the morning and late into the night.

  4. I think you’ve seen many of the “benefits” already. How many people are moving into this area driving up rents and hoping to live the hip Brooklyn/NYC lifestyle? Imagine how many thousands of young men and women moved here because of SATC. I agree it’s of no real benefit to the people who currently live here unless you count the restaurants/shops/businesses they might draw here. Clearly the new restaurants on Church are appealing to this influx.

  5. Right. Didn’t think otherwise. But, like I said, they can park other place too. If you and I can park elsewhere because the film crew forces is to, then obviously the film crew can park in those same places.

  6. The crew are caught in the middle of the city and the studios. They are required to be on the set on time with no delays which can cost thousands of dollars and the loss of current/future work. Having parking is one of the perks in a job that doesn’t have many the further you go down the production list.

    I know a guy who is construction manager on one of these film crews and it’s crazy long hours, months from home, with fairly good compensation. Still, it has big trade-offs and isn’t very glamorous.

    None of the big-name folk are taking our parking. 🙂 They have limo/taxi services shuttling them back and forth.

  7. Yeah… Sex and the City really was the driving force behind the extra million people that have moved here over the last 20 years. Definitely not Friends (Burbank, CA) or Seinfeld (Los Angeles, CA). And everyone is flocking to Ditmas Park because they saw an old timey car on an unidentified street on Boardwalk Empire.

  8. When was the last Friends tour you saw in the city? Not sure if you noticed but it was filmed on a California backlot. Seinfeld still draws tourism but was not nearly as big a love letter to the city as SATC. Of course, it wasn’t ONLY SATC, hundreds of productions film here. Everyone is flocking to Ditmas Park because they can’t afford to live in Manhattan, Park Slope, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Fort Greene, etc. In five years, they will say the same of Ditmas Park. It’s called saturation.

  9. Yeah, that “perk” is provided by an over-generous street-clearing permit provided by the city and imposed on its residents. Parking is one of the “perks” of being a resident and I don’t particularly want to provide this “perk” to someone on a film crew — regardless of how terribly demanding their career choice is. I am also required to show up to work on time or risk “the loss of current/future work.” I’m sure the smart people that run a production company can provide information about municipal lots and other parking in the area (after all, they had a location scout catalog all of the pros and cons of the location) and they could probably even provide these lowly suffering crew members $10 for a car service to get them from a few blocks away.

  10. That “perk” is provided by the studio. You aren’t entitled to any perks at all because you don’t own public streets; you finding on the parking on these streets is a privilege and you generate negligible city revenue compared to film production.

    When you contribute 7.1 billion dollars to the NYC economy and create 13,000 jobs, I’m sure the city will entertain your concerns about the film permits disrupting your parking schedule. Until then, you could enjoy when public parking is available instead of complaining when it isn’t.

    Or you could make enough noise and productions could leave the city en masse and maybe Dayton or Poughkeepsie could enjoy the revenue and jobs.

  11. You’re breathy indignation is amusing. My original comment actually stated that I’m not particularly bothered by the parking — I actually don’t have a sense of entitlement about the storage of my private property on public streets.

    HOWEVER, the notion that lowly film crew folks having to park somewhere *not immediately in front of* the filming location would have any meaningful impact on the film industry in New York… well, that’s just silly. But, no, maybe you’re right. That $10 car ride or 10-minute walk would definitely make NYC a hostile environment. So hostile that it would, without a doubt, outweigh the massive tax incentives and other ‘perks’ of filming in New York.

    I mean, it would be unreasonable to soften the blow of a production company swooping down on a neighborhood (one after another), cuz, ya know, there’s the abstract idea of $7.1 billion added to the city’s $1.4 TRILLION economy. I mean, it’s not these residents and their “squeaky wheel gets the oil” representatives on the City Council that approve the filming permits in the first place… oh, wait… is it?

  12. A number of people working as shopkeepers, lawyers, accountants, and any other profession you can think of also commute from far away and often work long hours and can’t afford to be late. Other than their self-importance, what distinguishes the film and TV industry in this regard?

  13. Honestly, I apologize if I seemed to have any sense of indignation. I can’t even afford a car with the rent I pay in this neighborhood. So I’m just admiring those who do. 🙂

    – Finding adequate crew parking is one of the demands of the studios seeking permits. Good luck ever getting them to agree to randomly finding spots in municipal parking with the fees they already pay.

    – NYC’s yearly operating expenses are $70 billion so $7.1 billion pays quite a few bills including sanitation, police, public transit, road repair. We’d notice the impact if the industry fled.

  14. The fact that the film industry contributes 10% of NYC’s annual revenue. And your example of shopkeepers, lawyers, accountants, etc. live in the boroughs where they can easily use public transit or take advantage of public parking spaces when they are available. Many of these film crews do not live here.

  15. Fair enough… But just some clarification, according to the city’s “Made in NY” website “$400 million in tax revenue generated by the hundreds of films and television shows produced throughout the five borough.” This is definitely not chump change. But it’s not the $7 billion figure. That figure is the economic activity figure.

    I don’t see the industry fleeing any time soon, even if they removed some parking allowances for location shoots. The film and TV production figures also include the growing studio production (e.g., Steiner Studios in the Navy Yard).

  16. I agree about Steiner. I think the city is concerned about Toronto and other cities for stealing the big films away which is why they wanted the recent (and terrible) Spider-Man movie and the last Batman film. Detroit, Cleveland (surprisingly big player), and other places are also angling to steal the NYC film revenue.

  17. Well, I guess anything is possible when major studios are willing to do ridiculous things like they did at the end of Mission Impossible 4… Saying *on the screen no less* that they were meeting up in Seattle, but the backdrop was some of the most iconic landmarks of VANCOUVER. They at least got the continent right.

  18. Toronto, Detroit, Cleveland….good luck to you! Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help!!!

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