The boom in television and film production across the city has turned many streets into outdoor studios. That's provided a boost to the economy - and generated complaints from some residents. Michael Scotto has the story in Part Three of our series, "Hollywood on the Hudson."
The movies and TV shows shot around the city bring some glamor to New York neighborhoods -- and lots of frustration.
"We have a real difficult time finding (parking) spots, and it's just a little bit too much, and it's too often," one resident says.
In Boerum Hill, Brooklyn residents and business owners say they are tired of the many productions filming on local streets. Each shoot takes up dozens of parking spots for production equipment and trailers.
"Their storefronts are not visible," complains Josef Szende of the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District. "And most importantly, customers cannot park to shop on this street."
Those hassles are growing: The number of city film and TV permits jumped from nearly 6,800 in 2012 to 8,600 by 2015 — an increase of 27%.
During the first three months of this year 1,448 permits were issued. Manhattan had the most, 594, followed closely by Brooklyn and then Queens.
The city says complaints to 311 are relatively low, and popular blocks for film shoots are put on a hiatus list when they are used too much
"We really try to balance the impacts in the neighborhood and balance the needs of productions with the community," says Julie Menin, commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment.
When a production swoops in, first the "no parking signs" go up, then tow trucks roll through, to make way for all those trailers.
Even a top TV executive admits the productions use too much space.
"We are using trucking and equipment that is not made for cities," said Brooke Kennedy, an executive producer on the CBS drama, 'The Good Wife'. "It would be nice if we could have a smaller footprint."
The city says it's working on that. When the movie "Money Monster" filmed here for 15 days, the crew used hotel rooms instead of trailers and vouchers to buy meals at local restaurants.
On the streets, the reaction isn't all negative.
In Greenwich Village, people recently lined up to watch the filming of a new movie about J.D. Salinger.
"I think it's a nice buzz," one onlooker says. "It goes with New York."
A New York that now stars many movie and TV shoots.