Aug. 25, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge
A swath of parking spaces around Astoria Park will be closed this week while two TV shows are filmed.
CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” a police drama starring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, will shoot on Thursday around the park and stretching along Hoyt Avenue.
No-parking signs were placed on the waterfront side of Shore Boulevard roughly between the Hell Gate Bridge and Charybdis Playground, on Ditmars Boulevard along the park between Shore Boulevard and 19th Street, and both sides of the street on Hoyt Avenue North between 19th Street and 23rd Street.
A short portion of Astoria Park South at Shore Boulevard will also close.
Cars must be removed from these areas by 10 p.m. Wednesday.
According to Community Board 1, parking at a patchwork of streets near Bowery Bay will also be restricted for “Blue Bloods” work.
NBC’s “The Blacklist,” a crime drama staring James Spader, will film on Friday along the waterfront and around the edge of the park.
No-parking signs run the bulk of Shore Boulevard’s waterfront edge, from 21st Avenue to across from the south end of the Astoria Park pool, and are also posted at the intersection of Shore Boulevard and 20th Avenue.
No-parking signs were also placed on both sides of the street where Shore Boulevard meets Ditmars Boulevard, and along the park’s edge on Ditmars between Shore and 19th Street.
Cars must be moved from these areas by 10 p.m. Thursday.
Marybeth Ihle, a spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, said she could not disclose any other shooting locations in the neighborhood as a matter of policy.
“The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment strives to keep film and television productions running smoothly in the City both for the productions and the local community,” Ihle said. “Locations can become a safety hazard if too many people show up on a set, impeding regular traffic and pedestrian flow as well as interrupting the production’s schedule.”
Ihle did not respond to questions regarding how long each filming will last.
According to the posted signs, cars not removed from restricted spots by the deadline will be towed to the nearest legal spot.
its incredible the size of the area they are closing to traffic and parking. shore blvd from 21st ave to south of astoria pool and hoyt between 19 st and 23 st are many blocks. what a pain this is for local residents and park visitors. maybe you should get out there and protest. its getting worse and worse.
If you read the signs they contain a begin and end date
Is money being paid by CBS, NBC or else to interrupt our lives like this??? If so where is the money going. Astoria Park sure needs more garbage cans and else. This is becoming a pain in the neck for Astoria and LIC residents.
Good point. When A Bronx Tale was shot in our area, they paid to have PS 10 park redone. It’s not in the best shape anymore but they did make a contribution for disturbing the neighborhood
As long as I can ride and park my skateboard all is cool.
This is bs. Thank god I wasn’t on vacation this week. They don’t give us ample notice and it’s becoming a nuisance to the people living on ditmars between shore and 19th. We are sick and tired of it and next time we are going to protest.