Levin Introduces Bill to Track Filming in the City

By Sarah Matheson
Sarah Matheson
Sarah Matheson
Sarah Matheson covers the business of luxury for Epoch Times. Sarah has worked for media organizations in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, and graduated with merit from the Aoraki Polytechnic School of Journalism in 2005. Sarah is almost fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Originally from New Zealand, she now lives next to the Highline in Manhattan's most up-and-coming neighborhood, West Chelsea.
August 22, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Council Member Stephen Levin introduced a bill at today’s City Council stated meeting that would require the city release monthly reports about film shoots in the five boroughs.

Under the legislation, the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater, and Broadcasting would have to provide the details of all film shoot permits in New York City, broken down by borough, community board, council district, and street.

The office would also be required to produce a detailed annual report, which would include data from the monthly reports, employment figures related to the film industry, and the costs and benefits associated with filming in the city.

All the reports would be made available to the public online.

Levin said film shoots in places like Brooklyn Heights and Greenpoint have been happening frequently.

“While our communities are very supportive of the many benefits that filming brings to our city, these shoots can sometimes cause headaches for residents of the community,” he said in a press release.

He said the reports would encourage transparency, and provide communities with needed information.

Sarah Matheson
Sarah Matheson
Sarah Matheson covers the business of luxury for Epoch Times. Sarah has worked for media organizations in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, and graduated with merit from the Aoraki Polytechnic School of Journalism in 2005. Sarah is almost fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Originally from New Zealand, she now lives next to the Highline in Manhattan's most up-and-coming neighborhood, West Chelsea.