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Turn off the park: W’burgers say no to Spider-Man plan

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Sony Pictures is spinning a web of contempt by trying to film “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” in South Williamsburg during Passover, claim angry neighbors who say film trailers shouldn’t take up much-needed parking spaces at the height of the Jewish holiday.

Producers of the movie, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, have applied to shoot at the Marcy Avenue Armory from March 22 to March 27 and Flushing Avenue’s former Pfizer factory around the same time — but residents of the largely Orthodox community say Passover, which runs from March 25 to April 2, is no time for theatrics.

After all, locals can’t just swing from building to building on a web to get around.

“It’s congested and there is no school and people are shopping,” said Community Board 1 member Simon Weiser. “It would be a hardship in the community.”

Enter Councilman Steve Levin (D–Williamsburg), who is poised to become Spider-Man’s biggest adversary since the Green Goblin.

In a pun-ridden press release that compared movie production companies to ancient Egyptian slaveholders, Levin urged the city to nix Spider-Man’s film permits and “let my people park.”

“Filming of the ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ would be a plague on the streets of South Williamsburg during the sacred holiday, creating a parking struggle of biblical proportions,” said Levin, who wants the community to enjoy its unleavened bread in peace.

Weiser, a member of Community Board 1, asked Spider-Man to be a Spider-Mensch and move production so it wouldn’t coincide with the holiday, but representatives from Sony Pictures said the filming schedule is firm.

Sony spokeswoman Julie Kuehndorf said that the company is willing to work with the city and the community to minimize impact, but she declined to say what steps it would take.

“We’re doing our best to be good neighbors,” she said.

The city said he has not yet decided whether to grant Spider-Man a movie permit.

“The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment has been and continues to be in close communication with the community and the production to determine the best course of action,” said Marybeth Ihle, a spokeswoman for the department. “Every consideration is taken by our office to accommodate residents observing religious holidays.”

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.

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Rifka Morgenstern says:
This is a true outrage, as we Jews celebrate this holliday by traditionally parking our cars.
March 16, 2013, 10:29 am
JAY from NYC says:
they shot movies all over the city and no hood likes them, but sorry, you don't get to use your religion as a reason to ban something, if these people want to do that, then they should move to another county.
This area has a real problem with religious intolerance, you have a politician dressing in black face, people being harassed on buses, "modesty squads" breaking into peoples places, deliberate and illegal blocking of bike lanes. Why is the city putting up with this crap?
March 16, 2013, 1:47 pm
Rolf from Greenpoint says:
Filming in our area is always a hardship whether on a holiday or not. When the film reps presented their plan to CB1 and the hardship was identified, the reps seemed oblivious to the concerns. When they were instructed to meet with those that were concerned in the back of the room they were quick to announce if the press was interested in a press release to meet them in the back as well. It's clear where the film industry's priorities lie! To claim they want , “... to be good neighbors...” only insults the community further because they are not our neighbors they are more like an invading industrial force.
March 16, 2013, 2:11 pm
Twit says:
pissed at film activity in your hood ? tweet film commish @kolivernyc
March 16, 2013, 2:14 pm
Pat I. from Brooklyn says:
Great. Now Spiderman is the only superhero who doesn't get up before noon.
March 16, 2013, 6:21 pm
JAY from NYC says:
yes they are asking it be banned during a religious observance, and are attempting to impose it on the public, NUTS TO THAT
March 16, 2013, 7:19 pm
manposeur from brokleand says:
These Hassids have to be stopped. They are the Taliban of New York City. Bike lanes, child molestation, and modesty police, people have to wake up and fight Williamsburg Taliban! This a war on freedom!
March 17, 2013, 9:59 am
Not Lincoln from Nebraska says:
Once again Steve Levin--who owes his career to the good fortune of being born with a silver spoon in his mouth and disgraced Assemblyman Vito Lopez-- gets a pass.
March 17, 2013, 10:09 am
scott from park slope says:
nobody likes film crews. the population density and traffic flow are such that even closing one block to through traffic can have broad ripple effects. but why should the people in South Williamsburg get special treatment because of their religion? it seems like they play that card a lot, and it's irritating because their neighborhood does not exist in a vacuum. the rights of other new yorkers who do not share that faith but who need to traverse those streets or have business there, and yes, even the film crews and others, are constrained. if the film company followed the permit process and paid the fee, then they ought to be able to get about their business without the hackneyed religion card being thrown at them.
March 17, 2013, 7:47 pm
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Passover is my least favorite holiday. C'mon celebrating the sparing of your kids while everybody else's kids are murdered? Terrible.
March 18, 2013, 10:40 am
The Goy says:
Just wait a minute! Don't their school buses take up much needed parking space all year long and the police never ticket them? How come they get away with that?
March 30, 2013, 10:50 am

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