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January 28, 2021
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Ted Danson, Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis in Carroll Gardens

By Lisa M. Collins
Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson shoot a scene in Carroll Park on Monday.
Photo by Joshua Kristal

update: we’ll be running some nice photos from the filming for Men in Black Saturday night on Court Street. Some high-tech stuff. Stay tuned.


Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill have seen their share of TV and movie filming lately. Friday, Court Street was taken over by old cars parked up and down the street in preparation for a motorcycle chase scene to be filmed for the next Will Smith, Men in Black series. Shop owners are getting paid $300 and more to keep their security gates open over the weekend. Apparently, there will be a crash scene filmed at Court and Degraw, near Sal’s Pizzeria.

Some shop owners were concerned that the loss of parking over Memorial Day weekend could hurt business. “I hope people know we are open every day,” said George Esposito, of G. Esposito & Sons Jersey Pork Store on Court, near President. The butcher and Italian food shop is open till 2 p.m. over the weekend.

Monday, Carroll Park was transformed into a muddle of tall lights and reflectors and buzzing crew for shooting a scene in HBO’s comedy, Bored to Death. Written by Brooklynite Jonathan Ames and set in Brooklyn, the show follows a Brooklyn writer who takes on freelance detective work.

The series stars Jason SchwartzmanTed Danson and Zach Galifianakis. Danson and Galifianakis were the subject of the filming Monday, as they tossed bocce balls in the dirt pit in Carroll Park, near the basketball courts. Everyone stood around watching.

“Spiderman 4” is filming in Windsor Terrace, and Borough Hall has been the locale for recent filmings for the ABC pilot “Georgetown,” the John Legend music video “Wake Up Everybody,” a Kit Kat TV commercial and the movie “You Don’t Know Jack.”



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