Another day, another story about how Brooklyn residents are flipping biscuits over the amount of filming on their streets. This time, it’s the good people of Brooklyn Heights complaining that 14 productions in one month have led to impossible parking conditions, the inability to leave one’s home during a shoot (lest they ruin the effect of a pristine 19th-century wonderland that is currently being used as a background for Winter’s Tale), and, obviously, Colin Farrell racing a horse up and down the street at all hours. City Councilman Steve Levin recently came out in favor of making Brooklyn Heights a “hot spot,” which would mean a moratorium on film permits for the neighborhood.
But while this may seem like petty pouting, the flocking of filmmakers to Brooklyn has been a major sticking point in the last several years. Almost all areas of the borough have tried to pass some film permit ban, without much success, creating a disgruntled breed of Brooklynite … one that almost could pass for his Manhattan brethren. Here are the five best comments made by neighborhood locals from our favorite borough.
1. “Imagine every single thing that looks like the 21st century being removed from your block,” Stanton said. “Add snow blankets, and a horse with its double, and it’s a lot for our small streets to take.” –Brooklyn Heights/DNAInf0
2. They have no respect for us or our community.
3. They don’t clean up their no parking signsWe pay a damn lot of taxes to live here so we shouldn’t need their money.
I propose one 5 day shoot per year per 10 block area.” –Greenpoint resident Darren/Brooklyn Paper