Will Smith upsets SoHo neighbors with super-sized trailer
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Will Smith is taking some heat from his new SoHo neighbors. It turns out they don’t want him parking his super-sized trailer on their residential streets while he shoots ‘Men in Black III.’
Smith is reportedly paying $9,000 per week for the 1,150-square-foot luxury trailer, according to the New York Post. Isn’t that bigger than the average New York City rental? Well, he would know -- the actor is also renting a $25,000 per month apartment in the same neighborhood.
The double-decker trailer includes a large bedroom with a granite bathroom, a full-service kitchen with cherry cabinetry, marble flooring, office space for assistants, a meeting room for up to 30, a lounge and a movie room. The 53-foot trailer is actually one of two -- he has a 55-foot mobile gym onsite as well.
‘This thing is like a duplex,’ neighbor Myrna Reisman, 62, told the Post. ‘How would Will Smith feel if I parked that thing out in front of his house? People forget this is a residential neighborhood, not a film lot -- that thing is taking up half our gasoline reserve.’
If Reisman wants the trailer gone, she may well get her wish. The mayor’s office has stepped in and asked the ‘Men in Black III’ production to move it.
‘New York City is currently experiencing record levels of film and television production,’ Julianne Cho with the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting told CNN. ‘To balance the interests of the production and the neighborhood, we have instructed ‘Men in Black III’ to relocate the trailer to a private lot.’
-- Emily Christianson