Friday, November 9, 2018

The return of 'The Village,' and the loss of a tree


[Filming "The Village" on 12th Street on Oct. 19]

Crews for the NBC series "The Village" return to the neighborhood today for more filming on parts of Second Avenue, Third Avenue and slide streets, including 11th...



They shot scenes here back on Oct. 18-19 as well. Several EVG readers shared info about a Gingko tree (seen here from November 2017) on 11th Street between Second Avenue and Third Avenue...



... that was, unfortunately, damaged by one of the production trucks on either Oct. 18 or 19... the tree needed to be removed ...







A tipster shared this response from the location manager:

We are devastated that this beautiful tree was damaged. It was obviously an accident and we are looking into the details at the moment. We have called the authorities to file a report and are proactively contacting the NYC Department of Forestry to figure out how to most efficiently rectify the matter. If anyone in the association has experience with replacing trees we are totally will to cover any cost to rectify the damage.

We sincerely apologize for the damage and hope that we can do everything possible to fix the issue.

I promise you we are not going to walk away from any issue, and we want to see this resolved and everyone happy.

Another tipster said that the production company will make a donation to the East 11th St. Block Association, who will use the money to install tree guards (they had already been saving up for them).

This is not the first time a film crew's equipment truck damaged a tree on a side street (here for instance). However, this is the first time some people can recall a production company apologizing and trying to make amends.

As for "The Village," NBC's website has this synopsis:

Welcome to The Village, an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside — but is quite unique inside. The people who reside here have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors. Sarah's a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe's a young law student, who just got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick's a veteran, who's just returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own. These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything, even if it's the one you make with the people around you.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

A couple of treeguards can't replace such a tree. And look at the quite fine iron guard around that stump! Saw it after and it did not need to be cut down the tree was still alive and should have been given time to see if it would make it. And the angled cut you can see the hack job to take it down, sad.

Anonymous said...

Stop being so clueless, you could easily purchase the tree and have it planted asap. Parks would probably welcome the gesture as well. But you should contact them before doing any planting.

Anonymous said...

So sad to hear about the loss of this poor tree. Unfortunately it happens all too often with these big film trucks. Fortunately NBC was was professional enough to try to make amends. Many many more small productions do indiscriminate damage to the trees, don't follow Mayor's Office parking guidelines, and keep coming back. The Parks Department is also good to call if you see this happening. They will send someone to check it out quickly and try to save the tree if possible. Too bad Film Companies come for the beauty of the EV and kill our trees.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:25; Actually you can't plant a new one right away. The stump must be cut properly and allowed to die out a bit before it can be removed. Then Parks Dept can plant according to the the correct season for the new tree that is chosen and allowed to be planted. All the trees need tree guards, not just this one, and it looks like this guard didn't factor into damage from a huge tall truck. Also this tree took years and much care to grow this tall.

Anonymous said...

Anon, 8:30. True. But, as a company, whihc caused the damage, you can expedite the process.

From Parks web site: You can request a Tree Work Permit from Parks and hire a contractor to remove the stump at your own expense.

You may then make a donation to Parks, which would go toward their free tree program. That, too, might expedite getting the tree in sooner, although they are planted only two a year, fall and spring.

Giovanni said...

Great, so now theyre killing our trees? Maybe they should rename this show to “A Tree Died In Brooklyn.”

Anonymous said...

What the heck so they just came here, destroyed our neighborhood and left? Give our trees back.

Anonymous said...

I live around the corner, and am getting very, very fed up with the sheer volume of filming that has gone on here, esp. this year. Since February, it's just been one damned thing after another, filming-wise, and it IS a big intrusion and inconvenience to the block.

Last night, they had floodlights making it bright as day outside at 10pm. Next week, we again get filming BEGINNING AT 10PM. This is not reasonable.

I understand there's some way for a neighborhood that feels oversaturated by movie/TV shoots to tell the city to call a time-out for that area for a while. If anyone knows what the process is or whom to contact, please advise us here.

PS: Does anyone else think it's perverse that they're filming Manhattan to impersonate Brooklyn?

c9000 said...

I agree!!! @1:48PM.... interesting about the cool-down thing, I have to look into that. "New York is a character" is such a fucking cliché at this point. At first it was cool to see a block I recognized, for a whole 30 second scene, but what an inconvenience to every person who lives there, runs a business, or does the ASP shuffle. Fuck these big corporate TV/film productions using our city streets, and fuck the corporate pseudo-events they run near the Astor Place.. I'd take a flea market, any day: Astor place flea market

JQ LLC said...

Despite NBC taking responsibility for the moronic damage they caused, which is just damage control for their show's producers, why the hell isn't this filmed in Park Slope where this is based? What, Mayor de Faustio doesn't want to have a fourth wall of trailers, trucks and cables piling on the curbs by his house because they monopolize the blocks and make life a veritable hell for the residents?

Screw NBC. This gesture shouldn't mean shit. No one knocks down a tree by accident.

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Donnie Moder said...

How many trees were destroyed on Earth (the planet we currently all live on) today? How many television shows and movies are currently in production across the globe? How many of these huge production trucks are parallel parking into defenseless sidewalk trees a day? Furthermore, how many moving trucks and delivery trucks are doing the same every day? How accountable are these truck drivers being?

JQ LLC said...

@Donnie re:Earth

Heard about a guy named Bolsonaro?

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