As New York City struggles to recoup from the damage of Hurricane Sandy, the city will begin issuing some film permits next week.
New York's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting said Monday that it will start handing out permits for exterior locations on a case-by-case basis, but will not issue them in areas severely affected by the storm. The city has been issuing permits only for parking at certain sound stages.
"The City's first priority right now is helping all New Yorkers recover in the aftermath of the storm. As the City continues to get back on its feet, we are encouraging productions to film in those areas throughout the five boroughs that were not as badly affected by the storm,'' the city's film office said in a statement.
"New York crews are known for their 'can do' attitudes, and the city offers a wealth of location options for productions,'' the film office added. "We're confident that the TV shows and feature films that call New York City home will take this temporary adjustment in stride."
New York City officials on Monday revoked all film permits in the city because of Hurricane Sandy. At least nine TV shows were affected by the shutdown, including "Blue Bloods" (CBS), "Elementary" (CBS), "Gossip Girl" (CW), "Person of Interest" (CBS), "666 Park Avenue" (ABC) and "The Following" (Fox).