Does ‘Hollywood’ Take Your Parking Spot too Often?

Park Slope being a big film set destination, film crews and trucks take up much needed parking spots, but is it too much?

The yellow tow away signs stating that “,” “Louie,” or Mike Birbiglia’s new movie “” is filming in Park Slope and will be taking your parking spot, are not uncommon to see posted on our street signs and streetlight posts.

Although it is a form of flattery that movies and TV shows are filmed in Park Slope, it can also be a headache for drivers and even pedestrians. “You need to cross! The cameras are rolling!” film crews have yelled out recently, during a filming of Louis CK’s TV show “Louie” at the on Seventh Avenue.

But is it too much? Is “Hollywood” taking our precious—and limited—street parking?

On one of those tow away signs on Carroll Street, stating that “Boardwalk Empire” will be filming on April 6 from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. (there will be no parking on both sides of Carroll Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues, both sides of Garfield Place between Seventh Avenue and Fiske Place, both sides of Polhemus Place between Carroll Street and Garfield Place, the west side of Seventh Avenue between Carroll Street and Garfield Place and the east side of Seventh Avenue between First and President streets) some one voiced their opinion about the eminent trucks:

Across the sign in black marker someone scribbled, “Go to Hoboken!”

How do you feel? Is this just par for the course while living in a picturesque brownstone Brooklyn neighborhood? Or has it become too much for Slopers who have to drive around and around to try to find a good parking spot?

Make sure to vote in the poll below and let us know if are unwelcome guests who hog our parking spots or if you don’t mind and it’s “cool” because you get to brag about how you saw Steve Buscemi playing Nucky Thompson or used to see Jason Schwartzman as Jonathan Ames in “Bored to Death” (may that beloved show rest in peace.). 

Eric McClure April 04, 2012 at 10:18 PM
It would be nice if these productions were committed to spending money in the community, rather than just taking up curb space. Even better, every time they shoot in Park Slope, they should make a significant financial contribution to one of the neighborhoods needier public schools, like PS 282, PS 39, PS 133, and Park Slope Collegiate and the other schools in the former John Jay High School building.
Kate April 04, 2012 at 10:53 PM
And these are the types of things that make Park Slope way cooler than Hoboken.
tomginocchio April 04, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Hoboken has wonderful 19th century buildings that would suit B'Walk Empire just fine. When movie trucks take so much parking, I for one, resist going to home depot or where I need to drive, because I KNOW there will be NO spots left when I get back and I'll wind up garaging the car. ($$). As far as donations go, I would like to see some movie-cash going to groups like Pk Slope Vol. Ambulance or similar.
Lauren Evans April 04, 2012 at 11:46 PM
I would give up all the parking in the world to see Bored to Death come back.
Chicken Underwear April 05, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Exactly. I would not mind do much if they at least had their craft services buy their food in the neighborhood
Robert April 05, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Whine whine whine... send all business to NJ.. we dont need the millions they spend in the city, we will just tax the rich and live happily ever after
lxfan April 05, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Why does everyone have a need to have a car to begin with? Let them be inconvenienced. How about letting me cross the street without worrying about getting hit by some SUV driving idiot. And if more people had cars of a size that was more suitable for urban living, perhaps there would be more parking spaces.
Jim April 05, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Seriously the whining over lost parking spaces is so over the top. Its ok to give up a few parking spaces to accommodate an industry that adds millions in tax revenue and provides thousands of jobs for New York City. The film/television production industry pays taxes just like any industry and it pays for the permits necessary to use public space. We don't need to drive the industry away by making it pay excessively.
George April 05, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Yet another reason why owning a car in Park Slope or anywhere really is more of a pain than it's worth. Plus, having to move your car every once in a while is a small price to pay for getting to park your car for free the rest of the time. At least these movie productions are paying the city for permits to use the street. Drivers are paying almost nothing compared to the real cost of the real estate they take up 99% of the time.
Patti April 05, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I think it's a good idea for the local community to receive money from the fees the movie industry pays to shoot in. That decision is Mayor Bloomberg's.
Hambone April 05, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I always wonder when I hear this argument why is it half the trucks have Penn plates. The crew who parks all over have out of state plates or obvious non-NYC bumper stickers, etc. Obviously there is a lot of money raised but why doesn't the City Agency which oversees this make them use city businesses which pay city residents living wages? (I just looked it up, that company Haddad which supplies so many of the trucks... they are from Pittsburgh.)
Alec April 06, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Car owners are the most entitled minority group in NYC.
tomginocchio April 06, 2012 at 04:12 PM
It's getting ugly...They are now towing cars from Carroll street between 6th and 7th Aves...an area NOT covered by their film permit. One car was towed with it's horn blasting away. It's owner will have a dead battery for sure. i asked a tow driver if he read the permit..he did not. He indicated the cone-person said to tow the cars. Nitwits who can't read are in charge.
Parksloper April 07, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Nah, that's reserved for liberals.
JB April 09, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I wouldn't be so annoyed if they actually used the space they claim to need and put money into the community. I live on a street that is 1/2 school zone and a bunch of meter parking so parking is a royal pain to begin with. I am glad BE has finally after 2 seasons picked some other streets to have the privilege of loosing their parking


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