Hunters Point 'Inundated' With Film and TV Shoots, CB2 Says

By Jeanmarie Evelly on March 10, 2014 7:10am 

 A "No Parking" sign at the site of a television shoot in Brooklyn last year.
A "No Parking" sign at the site of a television shoot in Brooklyn last year.
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LONG ISLAND CITY — Hunters Point is getting a little too Hollywood, local leaders say.

Queens Community Board 2 wants the city to cut the number of film and television shoots approved for the neighborhood, which they say has become a too-popular backdrop for production crews in recent years — to the inconvenience of residents.

"We are inundated," CB2 chairman Joe Conley said.

Neighbors and local businesses have complained about the proliferation of film crews blocking stores and taking up precious parking spaces.

"We suffered through the hurricane, businesses are coming back from that. We've had a terrible winter with snow and now we have weekends without the No. 7 train," Conley said at CB2's monthly board meeting Thursday night.

"How much more is that community supposed to endure?"

Shows including "The Blacklist," "Blue Bloods," "The Good Wife," "Person of Interest" and "Black Box," have all filmed in the area, according to Conley, who said there was even a day last year when five separate shoots were taking place in the neighborhood at once.

Popular locations include Vernon Boulevard, Borden Avenue, 11th Street and 48th Avenue, he said, adding that production crews are drawn to Long Island City for its unique look: shiny glass condos rise next to old warehouses, providing a variety of potential sets.

"It has old and new," he said. "It has great streetscapes."

CB2 is asking the city to add Hunters Point to its "hot list," and limit the number of shoots that can take place in the area, Conley said.

A spokeswoman for the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment said the city "routinely evaluates the frequency and size of production activity throughout the five boroughs," and temporarily restricts filming in areas greatly impacted by productions, roadwork or other factors.

She pointed out that the local film and TV industry generates $7.1 billion into the economy each year and employs some 130,000 people.

Conley said he would like to see better coordination.

"We certainly want them, but we want a rhyme and reason to it," he said.

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