Boonton has mixed reaction to 'Sopranos'

Dec. 8, 2005 at 7:43 PM
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BOONTON, N.J., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Filming "The Sopranos" in Boonton, N.J., was an offer city officials could hardly refuse, but some merchants are saying they wish they had.

The HBO mob drama filmed scenes for the upcoming season in the small New Jersey town Wednesday, but store owners complained to the New York Post the production chased holiday shoppers away.

"I found out last Friday afternoon that they were coming and taking up all the parking on Main Street and I was beside myself," a coffee shop owner told the New York Post. "This is our busy season and, like any small town, parking is always an issue, so when you take that away, it's deadly for us."

Alderman Michael Eoga said playing host to "The Sopranos" is great for the town's image. But he conceded jamming up the streets during the busiest time of year is simply bad for business.

"In the end it was all worked out -- but it caused an impact," he said.

Eoga said the city would probably ban big productions in the future from filming during the holiday season.

"The Sopranos" is scheduled to start its sixth season on HBO in March.

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