Since their opening decades earlier, Kaufman and Silvercup Studios in Long Island City have proven the viability of NYC’s film and tv business. Now, with new streaming video players like Netflix, Showtime, Hulu Amazon and others creating original content, production crews are flocking to the Big Apple drawn by the area’s transportation options, large lot sizes, and walkable neighborhoods.
Silvercup’s 120,000-square-foot outpost in Port Morris in the Bronx. Staten Island’s former Arthur Kill Correctional Facility is being converted to a filming set, complete with guard stations and a drained swimming pool, thanks to Broadway Stages. The 15-year-old Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard is thriving with 30 sound stages, and room to grow. And with the development of the 650,000-square-foot Wildflower Studios on the outskirts of Astoria by developer Wildflower and actor Robert De Niro, we’re about to see even more action.