Film Permits and Hurricane Sandy

Effective since November 5, 2012, the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting has been issuing permits for exterior locations on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the City and the continuing recovery efforts.

Due to renovations resulting from Hurricane Sandy, Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach are currently unavailable for filming. The Parks Department estimates that filming requests for Coney Island Beach, including the boardwalk, and Brighton Beach, including the boardwalk, can begin to be fielded in June. Filming requests for Manhattan Beach will be fielded later this summer.

At this time, permits will be issued in Zone A only on a case-by-case basis, including in areas such as Staten Island, City Island, Coney Island, Red Hook, the Rockaways, Breezy Point and other affected areas. (Check here to determine if a location is in Zone A.) Any filming requests below Canal Street in Manhattan will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. All other locations in Manhattan can be permitted.

Requests for filming locations should be submitted as soon as possible. Alternate Side Parking is now in effect Citywide. Productions are encouraged to utilize private parking whenever possible. The NYPD Movie/TV Unit and traffic agents are available for productions. The vehicle towing unit (VTU) is available as well.

Productions should check for future updates as well as

To help those affected by Hurricane Sunday, donations can be made online at or by mail to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City; 253 Broadway, 8th Floor; New York, NY 10007. You can also volunteer your time by contacting or visiting
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