Paul Feig's all-female Ghostbusters film (a.k.a. Ghostbusters: Ladies Division: High Heels & Hella Ghosts: Slimer Protocol) finally left Boston to shoot around the actual city where the film takes place this week, which has turned into a fun game of spot that Ecto cruiser. But for some New Yorkers, the sight of those pernicious yellow filming signs caused more grief than joy. For one should not be forced to move their car on a holy day, even if there is something strange in the neighborhood.
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Upper West Side Jewish residents were verklempt because of the "NO PARKING, FILM SHOOT" placards for the movie which were placed around the UWS/Manhattan Valley area over the weekend, coinciding with Rosh Hashanah. "I thought it was very disrespectful,"; 60-year-old local Lisa Berger told the Post, referring to signs near her car parked at West 103rd Street and West End Avenue. Vehicles had to be moved by Monday, which she said was very un-kosher: "That's right in the middle of the holiday," she said. "I was like, you’ve got to be kidding me. You're asking me to move my car? They would never do this on Christmas Day."
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It's the oldest story in the world: you don't want to mess with Upper West Siders' cars. Berger was so mad, she also reached out to West Side Rag, saying, "This would require residents in a heavily Jewish area to move their cars on Monday night when we are prohibited from driving. This is not cool and totally disrespectful."
Not everyone was as mad as her though: "It's ridiculous, they had the signs up way before Rosh Hashanah," one longtime UWS resident, who says he spotted the signs on Friday morning, told us. "I think people were just grumpy they had to use two vacation days for the holiday [Monday and Tuesday]."
"If they're upset about this, wait until they get Citi Bikes up there," he added.
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It turns out all that kvetching was for naught: the city either revoked the film crew’s ability to ticket or tow the cars (this is what Berger told West Side Rag), or the city never actually gave them permission to do so in the first place, as a mayoral spokesperson told the Post. That spokesperson noted that the signs were placed there Friday “in order to give residents ample time to move their cars," but in the end, the "production never requested the NYPD to tow cars."
Ghostbusters filming right now in the Upper West Side. pic.twitter.com/kQimT7FokU
— Jess (@oxfordist) September 15, 2015
Despite this controversy never really taking off, at least it gave one local rabbi the chance to unload some classic biblical humor on the Post: "I'm very grateful that we didn't come out after Rosh Hashanah to discover that all our cars were missing," said Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky. "It would be like, 'Who by water, who by fire, and who by missing car?'"