Williamsburg residents ask ‘Spider-Man’ not to film during Passover
Not everyone is excited that “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ will be the biggest movie filmed yet in New York.
Williamsburg residents are asking the filmmakers to skip shooting in the neighborhood during the upcoming Passover holiday.
Councilman Stephen Levin said on Friday that the production “would be a plague on the streets of South Williamsburg during this sacred holiday.”
The filming would create a parking fiasco of “biblical proportions,” he added.
The mayor’s office cautioned that no permits have been issued yet.
“Every consideration is taken by our office to accommodate residents observing religious holidays,” said Marybeth Ihle, spokeswoman for the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.
Julie Kuehndorf, a publicist for the film, added that the studio is working with residents and the mayor’s office to “minimize any impact on the community.”
“We’re doing our best to be good neighbors,” she said.
According to Levin’s office, production would block parking between March 22 and March 27 around the Marcy Avenue Armory, where they are scheduled to film.
Residents will not be able to move their cars ahead of time because of Passover restrictions on driving, Levin said.
“’Spider-Man’ is spinning a web of problems for the community,” Levin said. “With great power there must also come great responsibility — Columbia Pictures should live by the motto that led Spider-Man to use his abilities to fight crime and respect the observance of Passover by moving up their shooting.”