Out of the Sewer and Onto Wall Street: Ninja Turtles Coming Downtown

A scene from "Ninja Turtles III," released in 1993.

Jun. 07, 2013

It’s almost Ninja time on Wall Street.

Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and April take over The House of Morgan this month for the filming of  “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” All the Downtown action, with Megan Fox, Will Arnett and Whoopi Goldberg among others, happens inside the five-story landmark at 23 Wall Street, across from the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall.

Filming will take place from June 17 to 28, except on the weekend.

The former home of J.P. Morgan & Co. (and later Morgan Guaranty & Trust) has been used for other movies, including the 2012 Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Malaika Johnson, a location scout for Paramount, came to Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee on Wednesday to notify the board members of the crew’s plans for the “self-contained” shoot. Paramount has developed a “tentative” parking plan for its trailers, she said, along Pine, Wall, William and Water Streets, in addition to Exchange Place. They will only be parked on those streets, she said, during the day, and the film crew will be encouraged to patronize Financial District eateries.

Ro Sheffe said he and his Financial District Committee co-chair, Susan Cole, met with Johnson last month about plans for the shoot.

“We had quite a long session and asked a lot of very penetrating questions,” he reported to the committee, “and we walked away smiling.”

According to IMBD’s description of the action film, the plot entails a fight between the turtles and aliens over (what else?) world domination. Johnson wouldn’t comment on the nature of the Ninja Turtle scenes to be filmed at the site, but she did say that “nothing [would be] exploding.”