TV’s ‘Gotham’ shoots at The Players

A scene was filmed at the historic club from March 9-11. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

A scene was filmed at the historic club from March 9-11. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

“Gotham,” the Fox network crime television drama based on some of DC Comics’ Batman characters, looked to Gramercy Park for one of its recent filming locations this week. The Players club was closed from March 9 to 11 so the show could film inside away from the public’s prying eyes. Brian Jones, director of operations at The Players, said that the show even had a privacy clause in its contract to prevent any outside photography.

While The Players is no stranger to film shoots, Jones said that the club has been more involved with Hollywood lately, although he noted that it’s going to take a breather once “Gotham” wraps up.

“I love my neighbors and don’t want to upset them, so we don’t do back-to-back shoots because (the film crews) take up the entire block,” Jones said.

Trailers for the show lined the streets surrounding the club as well, including on Park Avenue South and Irving Place. Jones noted that the club frequently gets calls about filming for television and movies, and productions that have filmed there in the past include “Boardwalk Empire,” for a scene in Sardi’s restaurant (actually The Players club), and “The Blacklist.”

Jones said that the club has become more involved in photography shoots as well, with O Magazine and Allure having shoots there recently. He noted that this will probably continue while the club’s on hiatus from being a film set because set up for magazines is much less involved and is less disruptive to the community.