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“I know they call us ‘Hollywood East’ but soon they’ll be calling Hollywood ‘New York City West’,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joked in Kaufman Studio’s Stage K on Tuesday.
The senator, joined by founder George Kaufman, Kaufman Astoria Studios President Hal Rosebluth and city and state representatives, cut the ribbon on Kaufman Studios’ new outdoor lot — the first backlot ever in New York City.
“The Wiz,” “Hair” and “Orange is the New Black” have one thing in common: they were all filmed at a studio in Astoria.
As part of its newest exhibition, the Museum of the Moving Image is paying tribute to the legacy of filmmaking at the nearby studio, known today as Kaufman Astoria Studios.
Queens City Council members allocated $12,500 for the Queens Council on the Arts on Friday to fund services and programming that will help individual artists and arts organizations throughout Queens.
Council Members Leroy Comrie (D- St. Albans), Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) have been consistent supporters of the association for the past three years.
Astoria Performing Arts Center Executive Director Taryn Sacramone will step down from her position to join the Queens Theatre as managing director.
Sacramone, who began at APAC in August 2005, helped the organization increase its budget fourfold and expand programming to include an after school playwriting program at IS 10 and a performance program for senior citizens.
President Obama, Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand, Queens Congress members Meng, Crowley, Israel, Jeffries, Maloney and Meeks, along with other state and municipal elected officials, could have learned a great deal by having read your special section “Saluting the job creators 2013” (June 27).
Virtually all the companies and organizations you profiled, including New York Construction Company, JetBlue, Dress for Success, Kaufman Astoria and Silvercup studios, NYDesigns, Resorts World Casino, the organic food incubator, Claudine & Co., J&J Super Star Deli and Good Temps, along with thousands of others based in Queens, are role models to emulate. They have all already assisted our community which faces an 8 percent unemployment rate, with 7 percent more who have given up looking, along with many working part-time or minimum wage jobs, seeking better-paying full-time jobs. Don’t forget the thousands of vacant storefronts.
Many of these firms provide work for construction contractors and their employees. They also collectively continue providing thousands of jobs and more for suppliers. All pay taxes and are our neighbors.
The free enterprise system made our nation great. Economic growth and the creation of wealth comes from millions of small businesses such as the ones featured in your issue, without the assistance of “stimulus” taxpayer dollars.
Kaufman Astoria Studios revitalized 35th Avenue by turning empty buildings into filming stages and bringing dozens of tenants to a once desolate neighborhood.
Hal Rosenbluth is the president of Kaufman Astoria Studios, home to beloved Sesame Street characters such as Oscar the Grouch.
Both Kaufman Astoria and Silvercup studios are part of real estate development businesses.
The Suna brothers, Stuart and Allen, both trained architects, of Silvercup have developed several residential properties around Queens and continue to shop around for more sites.
Block parties in New York City turn traffic-clogged streets into a pedestrian paradise made for lazy weekends, elephant ear consumption and sunburns. The Queens Council on the Arts will continue the tradition on June 22 with a celebratory feel and a quirky touch.
The arts nonprofit recently moved into the Kaufman Astoria Studios complex from its former home in Forest Park. At the Saturday event it will officially cut the ribbon on the new space.
Although Miss Piggy made a convincing pitch for the planned Muppets gallery at the Museum of the Moving Image to be devoted to her solely, to her reluctant acceptance the honor will go to her creator.
“I guess that’s OK,” Miss Piggy said to Mayor Bloomberg at Tuesday’s announcement of the expansion. “He certainly does deserve it.”
Long Island City film studio Troma has always prided itself on being an independent movie studio — free to make any movies the way it wants without answering to suits with their final cut.
But as is the case with many independent artists, finding a resource for funds is a big issue.
Past the scrub-clad actors smoking cigarettes outside Kaufman Astoria Studios, down the elevator and through the building’s several dark hallways lit by the occasional illuminated display of costumes, is the KAS Music & Sound studio, where Queens College students are recording an album.
Twenty musicians from the Aaron Copland School of Music at QC came to Kaufman Astoria Studios’ music branch last Wednesday and Thursday to play background for stars of the German music scene.
The Astoria-based Kaufman Studios electrician said he expected a delivery of marijuana, but wasn’t prepared for an amount suitable for the characters from “Dazed and Confused,” according to police.
An anti-crime team intercepted two large cardboard boxes at34-37 36 Ave. containing nine sealed plastic pouches of marijuana weighing about 10 pounds of pot last Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The return address is a UPS rental facility in California.
The day before the NBA Draft, the league invites most the players it believes will be selected in the first round to meet with the media at the Westin Hotel in Times Square. The following day, the players, looking resplendent in their sharp suits, shake hands with NBA Commissioner David Stern on ESPN.
Mo Harkless, the former Forest Hills High School and St. John’s Red Storm star, as well as the 2012 Big East Rookie of the Year, was not invited to last week’s NBA party. The league’s snub made no sense considering that it was universally acknowledged he would be chosen in the first round, plus the fact that it has become increasingly rare for a player from New York City to be in that elite category.
Sen Chuck Schumer, center, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Sunyside), left, and state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) stand in support of Kaufman Astoria Studios getting the green light from the National Park Service on its newest construction project.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) held a press conference at Kaufman Astoria Studio on Friday to cut through some legal red tape surrounding the construction of the studio’s gate.
In movies (and TV shows like “Sex and the City” when Carrie visits LA), when actors drive up to a production studio they first stop at an entry gate. An official checks their IDs and then they are motioned in.
In movies (and TV shows like "Sex and the City" when Carrie visits LA), when actors drive up to a production studio they first stop at an entry gate. Someone official checks their IDs and then they are motioned in.
The city is asking its neighborhoods to show off the best and brightest of themselves.
The city’s Department of Small Business Services is holding its annual Neighborhood Achievement Awards to reward community organizations and small businesses that have enhanced or highlighted the area they serve in some significant way.
Queens Council on the Arts, founded in 1966, is moving from its home in Forest Park to a new, 1,700-square-foot space at 37-11 35 Ave. in Long Island City, which the nonprofit is leasing from Kaufman Astoria Studios.
The organization, which supports Queens-based artists across all disciplines — fine arts, dance, music and more — administers grants with monies it receives from the city and private and corporate donations.
This holiday season the pop music connoisseur can choose from several new compilations of old favorites, ranging from the lounge lizard classics of Sinatra and Queens’ own Tony Bennett to the classic roots rock of Silver Bullet Bob Seger and the more modernist stylings of REM. And if it makes you feel old to be reminded that the latter band formed 31 years ago, so be it —it’s not necessarily the end of the world as you know it. Happy Holidays!
Jenna Broad, 3, was one of many spirited revelers celebrating Columbus Day and the Italian-American connection during Saturday's parade in Astoria, which ran from Kaufman Astoria Studios down to the Columbus Statue on Astoria Boulevard.
From a “show about nothing” to six friends hanging out in the Central Perk coffee house to Ben Stiller’s discovery that the exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History come to life at night, New York City has been the prominent setting for countless television series and movies.
It may even be the location of next year’s Primetime Emmy Awards if Mayor Bloomberg gets his way.