CRANFORD - The Cranford Downtown Management Corp (DMC) is advising residents and commuters that due to the scheduled HBO filming, North Avenue from Lincoln Ave to Centennial Ave will be closed Thursday and Friday from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

A Nixle alert also went out Wednesday evening alerting subscribers that North Avenue will be closed from Miln Street to Springfield Avenue on Thursday and Friday from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Cranford Mayor Patrick Giblin announced on his Facebook page this past Sunday that HBO had chosen Downtown Cranford for a filming location for their upcoming miniseries: The Plot Against America. 

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According to the New Yorker magazine, Philip Roth’s novel “The Plot Against America” is a masterwork of counterfactual history, a what-if story in which Charles Lindbergh, the aviation hero and Nazi sympathizer, is elected President in 1940, leading to the widespread persecution of Jews in the United States. The novel is also a counterfactual masterwork of personal history. 

Traffic will be diverted to South Avenue. HBO has received a permit approval from NJ DOT for this street closure. Please provide extra time for travel. Parking lot 1 (along N. Union Ave) and parking lot 7 (Miln Street) will be open.

The businesses within the filming area, except Garlic Rose, will be closing at 7 p.m. Any business outside the filming area will be able to remain open past 7 p.m.

Residents and business owners who live, work, and have parking permits within the film area will be able to access north avenue. Please inform the police at the detour point.