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CSI:NY: Sorry About the Wake Up Call

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, August 31, 2007, at 05:38PM
CSI:NY Leaves an Apology Eric Richardson [Flickr]

I arrived home just now to find that an entertaining letter got posted in our lobby during the afternoon. It's from CSI:NY, apologizing for an incident two nights ago where someone thought it would be a great idea to have 40 cars on the street honking at 4:30am. The filming took place on Broadway, so I can't say I heard it over on the Spring street side of the building (though I would have from my old apartment).

At about 4:30am we were set up for a traffic jam scene on the street. Someone on the production team thought it would be much more realistic if the 30 - 40 cars we had on the street honked their horns.

Due to an unfortunate string of events, the cooler heads that would have prevailed in such a situation were unavailable to stop this from happening. Once we realized what was going on we halted the honking, but by then the damage was done.

I'll post the whole letter after the jump. To me this situation illustrates the larger issue very well. CSI:NY is typically a good neighbor. They shoot here a lot, and therefore have a strong interest in maintaining good relations. How can a resident of Downtown be expected to trust any sort of shoot to behave when even the good ones are screwing up and waking people up in the middle of the night?

For every responsible shoot like this one, with a Location Manager who cares about the neighborhood, there are several other productions that would never apologize for a similar situation. Often the worst offenders are commercials, whose only care is to get their shots quick and get out.

I won't even get into how this shoot was one of three over the past few days for which my building hasn't gotten any notice. That horse is long dead.

The whole letter:

Dear Residents, Neighbors and Business Owners,

On Wednesday, August 29, 2007, CSI:NY was filming scenes for an up-coming episode on Broadway between w. 6th St. and W. 7th St. during the night hours (from approximately midnight to 6:00AM). At about 4:30am we were set up for a traffic jam scene on the street. Someone on the production team thought it would be much more realistic if the 30 - 40 cars we had on the street honked their horns.

Due to an unfortunate string of events, the cooler heads that would have prevailed in such a situation were unavailable to stop this from happening. Once we realized what was going on we halted the honking, but by then the damage was done. I'm sure that many of you were rudely awakened by this oversight and for that we apologize.

CSI:NY spends a lot of time filming in the downtown area and we make very conscious efforts to abide by the guidelines of the ever-changing residential/commercial landscape and revitalization of the area. We realize that we are visitors to the area and we wish to show the neighbors the respect they deserve so that we may be welcomed back.

On behalf of CBS Productions, Inc., we also wanted to take the time to thank you for allowing us into your neighborhood during our recent filming. Because of your support we believe we were able to complete our scenes.

We know what an inconvenience having a film company in your area can be, with all the trucks, noise and disruption of traffic. However, it is also important to know that, because we had your assistance, 150 people were directly employed and approximately 75 other businesses received work from us either directly or indirectly, adding to the economy of Southern California and, more specifically, Los Angeles County.

Again, our thanks and we hope to have the honor of being allowed to work in your neighborhood in the future.

Sincerely,

Timothy Hillman -- Location Manager

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