In the News: Film-Shoot Legislation

shoot grid••• Finally! “A bill aiming to get a clearer picture on the film and TV shoots that regularly shut down streets in the Financial District has been stalled in the Council because of industry opposition—but now the legislator who proposed it is cutting the script in the hope that the measure might pass after all. Intro. 84, proposed and then tabled by Brooklyn Councilmember Stephen Levin, would require the city to disclose more frequently when and where productions take place, as well as the companies behind them. […] The bill would require the timely disclosure of film locations, shooting durations, the impact on on-street parking and the identity of the company producing the shoot.” My two cents: The city also needs to have someone to contact when crews overstep their bounds; currently, our option are the crew itself or 311. (Above: Nine of the shoots I posted about over the last 30 days.) —Downtown Express

••• “State Assembly member Deborah Glick announced that she had introduced a bill that will (if enacted) impose a tax on new residential development in New York City, and create a new, dedicated funding stream to build public schools.” I’m sure it’ll pass. It’s not as if the real estate industry holds much sway in Albany. —Broadsheet

••• More 9/11 memorabilia: “The damaged aluminum panels at Liberty Street are about to be replaced. Brookfield Property Partners, the owner of Brookfield Place, is rebuilding the bridge as a link to Liberty Park, now under construction south of the trade center site. Brookfield executives are talking with the National September 11 Memorial Museum and the New York Fire Department about salvaging at least some of the five-by-five-foot panels.” —New York Times

••• “Woman in Craft Beer Bar Fends Off Knife-Wielding Mugger.” It was at the Growler Bar on S. William. —DNAinfo

••• Local thefts, two involving motorcycles parked on the street. —Tribeca Trib