Columbia Pictures, Williamsburg Leaders, Reach ‘Spider-Man’ Compromise
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The “Amazing Spider-Man” is now more welcome in Brooklyn.
A compromise has been reached between community leaders and Columbia Pictures regarding filming during Passover.
Though the sequel to the blockbuster Hollywood movie has already started filming around the area, upcoming plans to swing through Williamsburg recently came under fire.
The makers of the new film wanted to shoot at a local armory during Passover and that’s did not going over well, CBS 2′s Dick Brennan reported.
Columbia Pictures alerted local leaders they wanted to shoot from March 22 through March 27, which include the first few days of Passover.
In response, Community Board 1 fired off a letter to the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, saying “We ask that you not issue a permit for any of the High Holy Days.”
“The issue is you’ll be driving trucks and trailers during the most heaviest week of the year, which is preparation from the Passover holiday,” Rabbi David Niederman, of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, said last week.
On Tuesday, Council Member Stephen Levin commended Columbia Pictures and the “Spidey” production crew for accommodating the needs of the Jewish community to celebrate Passover.
“We expressed the importance for Spider-Man to pass-over filming during Passover and they have answered our call. Reducing the amount of parking the production uses will avoid the parking struggle that had been anticipated and will allow everyone celebrating the opportunity to safely enjoy the holiday with friends and family,” Levin said.
“I want to thank Columbia Pictures, Spider-Man, and the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting for working together with my office, Community Board 1, and local leaders and considering the needs of my constituents. Thank you for letting my people park.”
The Spider-Man sequel is not the first film to be made at the armory.
The movie makers also want to come back to Williamsburg in May and June to do more shooting.
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