One of the best summer activities is returning to New York City: outdoor movies. While New Yorkers have long enjoyed the seasonal events, the pandemic has made outdoor cinemas (and drive-ins!) even more popular. 6sqft has put together a preliminary list of places to watch outdoor movies across the city, including the Queens Botanical Garden for family-friendly flicks and “Pix on the Plaza,” at The Standard High Line for cult-classic films. As more movie lineups get released this summer, the list will be updated accordingly.
In response to the state’s film production tax break, a record number of TV and movie crews have scouted NYC locations for shoots. The mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment issued 149 location permits for 72 projects to film between March 9 and March 15 alone. And as reported by Crain’s, studios will pay residents hefty sums to rent their apartments or homes for shoots. While this can be quite profitable for those occupying the property, with location managers doling out anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000 per day, some neighbors are tired of the inconveniences these projects create on their block.
Did you know that parts of “The Wolf of Wall Street” were shot in Fort Greene? Or that several stretches of Williamsburg appear in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”? Filmed in NYC culls three years of NYC movie filming permits and funnels them into an interactive—and quite entertaining—map that’s sure to get even the most jaded New Yorker “oh huh, that’s cool” at least once. Created by Metrocosm, the map highlights an impressive 17,241 filming locations and 517 movies, a mix of blockbusters and B-movies among them.
Film crews on your block: Yet another thing New Yorkers love to hate, whether it’s a case of grumble-brag or a genuine inconvenience. Some people love the opportunity to watch their favorite shows being made (and maybe get a peek at their favorite stars) and argue that it boosts the local economy. Others give the whole gig a big two thumbs down.