The filming schedule of “The Amazing Spider Man 2” was changed in response to a request made by a chasidic Orthodox community in Brooklyn.
Producers of the Hollywood franchise being shot at the Marcy Avenue Armory, a building located in the mostly Yiddish-speaking part of Williamsburg, agreed to reduce the presence of their vehicles in the neighborhood for the duration of Passover.
Plans to close a local intersection were canceled and most vehicles related to the production will be directed to private parking lots instead of taking up space on the street.
Marybeth Ihle, the spokeswoman for the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment said there was never a plan to shoot outside the armory building and the "footprint of the production" would be reduced.
" The production will utilize only a few car lengths of parking outside the building while the rest of its vehicles will be contained in private lots," she told The Jewish Week. "The filming that is scheduled to take place there will happen in the interior of the Armory only.
“Additionally the films and TV shows you see filming in the City are made up of 130,000 hardworking New Yorkers who support themselves and their families by working behind the scenes as camera operators, production assistants, costume designers, electricians, and carpenters.”
Rabbi David Niederman, president of the United Jewish Organization of Williamsburg, added, “I’m happy that an agreement was reached and they’re not going to disrupt the preparation of the holiday, and the holiday itself.”
The proposed location shooting schedule for "The Amazing Spiderman 2" in Williamsburg was taken as an affront to the chasidic community there, its leaders said, because it would force the closing of streets and disrupt observance of Passover.
"It's not only the disruption and the disrespect to the community," says Rabbi David Niederman, director of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg. "It's also dangerous."
Columbia Pictures advised local Community Board 1 that it wanted to film on some major thoroughfares in the heavily chasidic community March 22, the Friday before Passover, through the 27, the second day of the eight day festival. That would have forced the temporary closing of Marcy Avenue, Rutledge Street, Harris Avenue and Heyward Street during filming.
"Schools are off, families are getting together, children of all ages are crossing the streets. It's simply not safe to have trucks and trailers roaming the busy streets during a very hectic time."
A spokesman for the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Jake Goldman, said discussions between the community and studio were ongoing.
The rabbi said his community did not object to the location, only the timing.
"We understand we have to share the burden," he said. "The city needs money. But this is not the time. We gave the city a schedule of the holidays."
The sequel to last year's reboot of the superhero franchise, starring British Jewish actor Andrew Garfield, is set for a 2014 release.