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When Spider-Man Invades Your Neighborhood

What it's like to wake up and discover that there's a Hollywood movie shooting outside your apartment. The Amazing Spider-Man sequel is filming in New York City.

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Over the weekend, I noticed pink flyers plastered to every pole on my street (W 56th) and the next street over. I'm still fairly new to New York City, so I had no idea what was going on.

Upon further investigation, I learned that pink flyers indicate that a film or television crew will be shooting in your area. Sure enough, on Sunday afternoon, throngs of Teamsters, producers and technicians took over my neighborhood.

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It soon became obvious that the film being shot was The Amazing Spider-Man sequel, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx. The Hearst Tower had been transformed into Oscorp Industries.

When film crews are in your neighborhood, you find yourself having to take a lot of detours. For the first part of the afternoon, the sidewalk in front of Hearst Tower on 8th Avenue was blocked off to pedestrians.

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Filming Spider-Man sequel in front of Hearst building. Check out this actor's Oscorp badge. #spiderman http://t.co/T90qpUBQ4c

Filming Spider-Man sequel in front of Hearst building. Check out this actor's Oscorp badge. #spiderman http://t.co/T90qpUBQ4c-- Ruwan Jayatilleke

Trucks and trailers lined both sides of W 57th Street. The "Made in NY" seal was everywhere, as The Amazing Spider-Man sequel will be the first Spider-Man movie to be shot entirely in New York state.

Production assistants, extras and crew members were hurrying in and out of the trailers all afternoon. Among the many people I observed was a harried-looking PA carrying a cardboard box labeled "dance belts."

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Two large water trucks were on the scene to wet down the pavement prior to filming. Wet asphalt and concrete, I learned, is more reflective and looks better on film than dry asphalt and concrete.

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Spider-Man sequel scene being filmed down the street! http://t.co/x15UMQTsAF

Spider-Man sequel scene being filmed down the street! http://t.co/x15UMQTsAF-- Ana Moroianu

The set was wet down in between takes.

They're makin it rain http://t.co/0ZQKHK1mPc

They're makin it rain http://t.co/0ZQKHK1mPc-- Ana Moroianu

The shoot ended earlier than the time posted on the flyers, and the Hollywood team quickly packed up and moved out.

OSCORP truck by Hearst Tower set of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2". @OLV Thank you! #tasm2 #SpideyinNYC #marvel #cbm http://t.co/8ec7wds26J

OSCORP truck by Hearst Tower set of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2". @OLV Thank you! #tasm2 #SpideyinNYC #marvel #cbm http://t.co/8ec7wds26J-- Anthony McNally

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