“Rise” shoots scenes at Sparky’s Diner in Garnerville, Union Restaurant

PHOTOS BY AARON MOELLER
STORY BY DYLAN SKRILOFF

As you have likely noticed, Rockland County has become a major hub for TV and movie production. Film shoots are around the county almost every week of the year.

The latest project to call Rockland home is “Rise,” a TV show airing on WNBC channel 4. The famous Sparky’s Diner in Garnerville was closed last Friday, September 29 for filming.

The show will use Union Restaurant in the Village of Haverstraw this Friday for further filming.

Last week in Suffern, parts of Lafayette Ave. were blocked off for filming of Martin Scorcese’s “The Irishman,” featuring actor Robert De Niro. Both A-list celebs were spotted in downtown Suffern.

Asked if police overtime costs are covered by the moviemakers, Chief Clarke Osborbe of Suffern PD noted, “The [film] producers pick up any and all costs associated with the filming.”

The movie industry is considered an overall boost to the local economy, with shop owners receiving an influx of business from cast and crew members. Properties that are rented by the moviemakers are well-compensated.

The films can hinder road traffic, however, and occasionally areas of a downtown are closed off for long periods, impacting the flow of business to shops in the affected area.