April 22 saw the filming of the NBC drama "The Blacklist" at the Broadway Stages lot in Glendale. The shoot called for a "controlled explosion" which requires a special permit. The actual explosion was of such magnitude that it rattled nearby homes, with several residents of Doran Avenue complaining about having suffered cracked foundations and walls. Thick black smoke wafted over the neighborhood creating air pollution, and the incident was for some reason timed to happen during school dismissal. Residents on the block adjacent to the studio called Channel 2 news to report the mayhem. The excitement generated by filming in the area is usually not only well tolerated but welcome. Questions about the judgment of the production company, the studio owner and the person at City Hall that thought this was a good idea must be asked and answered. As The Blacklist is a Kaufman -Astoria production, and the studio was given permission by the city to close and take over one whole block of a city street in order to create a private outdoor set, we have to wonder why they didn't just film it on their own property. Due to this incident, the public safety committee of Community Board 5 will be contacting Broadway Stages and asking for more detailed information about their plans for future filmed explosions and how they plan to notify their neighbors and prevent damage to their homes.
Originally published in the June 2015 Juniper Berry Magazine
City authorizes film crew to stage explosion near homes
by Christina Wilkinson
Photo by Frank Storm
June 2015 Table of Contents
- BERRY HEALTH: ASTHMA AND ALLERGY AT THE MOVIES
- Killy's Korner
- FDNY HOLDS FIRST EVER CITYWIDE OPEN HOUSE TO CELEBRATE 150th ANNIVERSARY
- Tony Vaccaro not slowing down
- Neighborhood Hall of Shame COMMUNITY Eyesores
- Living With Coyotes in New York City
- What proposed zoning changes mean for Maspeth & Middle Village...
- Ladybird, Ladybeetle, Ladybug
- Now That's Italian!
- Forest Park's lost WWI Memorial
- New Business Spotlight: DiLusso Deli
- OP-ED: Addiction and Deceit are Destroying Minorities... and the Country
- P.S. 128's build-ups and teardowns
- Middle Village: My Utopia
- Garrit Furman: Maspeth's poet
- BERRY BITS: Coyote captured in Middle Village
- Captain Mark Wachter, Commander of the 104th Pct.
- KAMPERMANN'S KORNER: Corruption is the Cancer of Democracy
- Letters to the Editor
- 20th century plans that were not to be
- DID YOU KNOW?
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