'Orange is the New Black' to Film in Greenpoint Friday

By Serena Dai on August 7, 2014 1:55pm 

 Members of the "Orange is the New Black" cast, pictured here, may be spotted in Greenpoint Friday.
Members of the "Orange is the New Black" cast, pictured here, may be spotted in Greenpoint Friday.
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GREENPOINT — Popular Netflix original series "Orange is the New Black" is headed to Greenpoint.

The Emmy-nominated show, which focuses on the daily lives of inmates of a fictional upstate New York prison, will be on Green Street Friday, according to a flyer posted in front of luxury apartment building 110 Green St.

A parking ban starts on Thursday at 10 p.m.

A man at the production company said he couldn't comment on details about the shoot.

The show starring actress Taylor Schilling has been filming flashback scenes across New York and also uses the Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens.

Piper and the crew of the show about lawbreakers won't be leaving without breaking some rules of their own, according to a local film crew watchdog.

The series, which is in its third season, taped its "no parking" sign to a tree, which is against the city's recommended practices for filmmakers, according to Rolf Carle, who monitors film crew behavior.

The city suggests that crews use elastic or strings to attach signs to trees, according to an Office of Media and Entertainment spokeswoman, though tree taping does not result in permit revokation.

Carle called the show's production company and he said, while the responding person was "nice" and the sign was eventually taken down, it didn't make up for what is a recurring problem with film crews.

Steve Chestler, a 12-year Greenpoint resident, said he has recently documented other film crews taping signs to plants and considers it "bad for the trees."

More than eight productions have been spotted taping to trees in the past year, with three in the last month. He hopes continued documentation sends a message to stop the practice, he said.

"They've got to show some respect and professionalism," Chestler said.

 A permit sign for "Orange is the New Black" filming was taped to a tree in Greenpoint.
A permit sign for "Orange is the New Black" filming was taped to a tree in Greenpoint.
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Rolf Carle

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