STEP 3: Notify the Neighborhood

Find a Community Board

Being a New Yorker means playing an active role in shaping your local communities, and one way to do this is to get involved with a local community board. Productions should work with these community boards to be aware of the concerns of local residents.
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Find a City Council District

There are 51 Council Districts in New York City. Find out whose district your production will be shooting in by viewing the City Council membership directory.
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Find a Business Improvement District

New York City is home to the nation's largest, most comprehensive network of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in the country. Business Improvement Districts are a key public/ private partnership in New York City and have helped revitalize neighborhoods and catalyze economic development throughout the City. The City's 67 BIDs annually invest over $100 million worth of programs and services in neighborhoods across the five boroughs. Learn which BID your project is shooting in with the City's BID Directory.
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Sample Resident Letter

When filming in a residential neighborhood or business district, proper notification is to be provided to each merchant or neighbor who is directly affected by the company (this includes parking, base camps and meal areas) at least 48 hours prior to filming. As part of our continuing efforts to balance the needs of the production industry with those of the residents of New York City, please use our sample resident notification letter as a template for a letter of your own. Be sure to include all of the specifics pertaining to your production as highlighted on the sample.
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