Spider-Man crew to film & eat Downtown

Image courtesy of Columbia Pictures
Image courtesy of Columbia Pictures

BY KAITLYN MEADE  |  “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will be shooting in the Financial District’s 20 Exchange Place in April, but promises to stay under the radar.

Location manager Jason Farrar updated Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee on Wednesday night about filming on April 22, 23, 24 and 29. The 59-floor building at Exchange Place, constructed in 1931 as the City Bank Farmers Trust Building, is being converted into a luxury apartment building but its grand Art Deco interior is its main draw.

“Filming is disruptive,” Farrar said, when it is not done right, adding, “We’re going to do everything we can to make this as easy as possible.”

Farrar said that the crew will keep large production trucks off narrow streets and be mindful of where they set up generators so the sound does not bounce into residential buildings.

He wasn’t sure yet of the exact filming times of the interior shoot, but thought it would start early in the morning and end by about midnight.

Farrar promoted the economic benefit to the area as well, saying that “Spider-Man” will be bringing in about 250 crew members who will be fed breakfast, but will be asked to patronize local businesses like those in the nearby Stone Street Historic District on their lunch break.

They are also paying to take down the scaffolding on William St. (though it will go right back up when filming wraps) and will set up cable crossings on that street so that they do not impede pedestrian traffic. Farrar assured the committee that there should be no street closures or bright lights shining into residential windows, since there will be no outside filming.

The Spidey sequel will be the largest movie production to be shot in New York, according to a statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office. The production will have the biggest stage footprint ever seen in New York State, with major production in Long Island and Brooklyn as well as Rochester. It will also generate up to 3,500 new jobs and cast 11,000 extras.

“This production will also help generate new jobs and economic activity both upstate and downstate which is great news for our local communities and fans of the franchise,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo’s office reported that many films, including “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” have chosen to shoot in New York State because of its film tax credit program. The program has brought in an estimated $12.1 billion since it began in 2004.

As a good will offering, Farrar said Columbia Pictures will donate money to Pace University, Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center and the National Minority Business Council.

Committee chairperson Ro Sheffe praised Farrar and his team on making overtures toward the community board. “You’ve established a precedent that I hope a lot of other production companies follow,” he said.

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