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An all new WTF moment for Roosevelt Island as TV filming takes over chunks of Main Street, starting tomorrow


Another all new WTF moment plopped down on Roosevelt Island, late Friday. RIOC’s again the carrier, although apparently out of the loop.

By David Stone

Roosevelt Island Daily News

“On Monday, May 17th, Sony Pictures Television will be filming portions of The Blacklist, from approximately 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM in various locations throughout Roosevelt Island,” RIOC said in an “alert.”

But this left residents with even less time to prepare.

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“On Sunday, May 16th, production will be clearing and holding parking in advance of the shoot for equipment trucks and production vehicles in the following areas:

  • In front of and across the street from Foodtown between 10 River Road and 40 River Road
  • The west side of Main Street between 405 and 475, as filming will be taking place in and around Riverwalk Commons, Granny Annies, Duane Reade, and Piccolo Trattoria”

Accompanying this all new WTF moment was a letter from Woodridge Productions. Woodridge seems responsible for location shooting for The Blacklist.

The letter sports an indefinite day in May and is unsigned.

Introducing Roosevelt Island’s all new WTF moment…

Woodridge says they have the “full cooperation” of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting.

They do not mention RIOC, suggesting the state was out of the loop or simply out to lunch during development.

Also not noted: Who authorized taking over such big chunks of Main Street parking? And why so little notice?

Certainly, the production crew knew about this long ago, and the slightest consideration could have lessened the intensity of this all new WTF moment for our community.

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