It’s been a long time coming, and it may be a bit longer of a wait for the development of the Admiral's Row site at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
What does a 21st-century film school look like? That was the central question Dattner Architects considered as they transformed the top two floors at 25 Washington Avenue into a visually arresting, state-of-the-art facility for the next generation of movie-makers.
It’s been a long time coming, but finally the Brooklyn Navy Yard has found a developer and a supermarket for its long-promised Admiral’s Row development project — and it seems like a great pairing.
Steiner Studios, the Navy Yard’s biggest tenant, will develop and fund the estimated $140,000,000 project. Highly regarded supermarket chain Wegmans will be one tenant in a larger 126,000 square foot industrial building. In return Steiner will get a 96-year lease from the Navy Yard and will collect rent from Wegmans and other tenants.
Steiner Studios, NYC’s largest movie studio complex, presented plans Wednesday night at a community board meeting to expand its empire by building six more stages on a vacant lot in the Navy Yard. They plan to construct six 16,000-square-foot sound stages at the northeast end of the Navy Yard, on a lot, above, bounded by Clymer Avenue to the north, Keap Street to the south, Kent to the east and Wallabout to the west.
And they want to build a New York City street backlot to help alleviate traffic problems and inconveniences caused by production companies filming in Brooklyn neighborhoods. Steiner also plans create a noise barrier by “artistically” stacking the shipping containers already on the lot and interspersing them with landscaping. See the rendering after the jump for an idea of what this might look like on Kent Avenue.
A couple of years ago, there was talk of putting retail in this spot. The auto auctions were cleared out from here several months ago. Construction of the new sound stages will bring an estimated 500 construction jobs to the area and roughly 600 permanent jobs, according to the movie studio. In addition, they will offer opportunities to students at the Brooklyn College Graduate School of Film under construction around the corner at 25 Washington Avenue, which is slated to welcome its first class in 2015.
Just up the road in south Williamsburg is 500 Kent Avenue, the site of a former power plant the state is decontaminating. It will likely become apartment buildings, as we reported earlier this week.
The mayor and other officials made appearances at a press conference at the Navy Yard yesterday for the ribbon cutting of five new sound stages at Steiner Studios. Via the official press release: “‘A little over a decade ago, New York City struggled to attract the lucrative production industry to film here,’ said Mayor Bloomberg. ‘Now the City is such a popular and prosperous home to hundreds of films and television shows, we have to work hard to keep up with the demand for stages and production facilities. These new soundstages at Steiner Studios will create jobs, and expanding our workforce development programs with new grants will help the next generation of production professionals start their careers on the right track.'” Steiner now has double the number of sound stages it did before, with the new ones adding 45,000 square feet of space. You gotta give it to Marty, though, who probably had the best quote of the day, as noted in the Eagle: “‘Forget La-La Land,’ said Borough President Marty Markowitz. “Steiner Studios and Brooklyn are ‘Hollywood East.'” And, finally, the ribbon cutting also came with news that the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program, operated by nonprofit Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, will be co-locating its activities at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The program has a high success rate for training people to get employment as PAs, and the vast majority of its graduates are minorities. Numerous movies and TV shows film or have filmed at Steiner, including “Boardwalk Empire” and “Bored to Death.”
Steiner Studios Opening Five New Sound Stages Today [NYO]
Steiner Studios Opens Five New Sound Stages [Crain’s]
Steiner Studios, ‘Hollywood East,’ Expands Facilities [Eagle]
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The Local ran an interview with Steiner Studios honcho Douglas Steiner about the Navy Yard facility’s plans for the future, particularly its big expansion that includes the creation of several new sound stages and its partnership with Brooklyn College that will result in a graduate film school. Steiner says five new production stages should be completed by next May, allowing the studio to draw bigger feature films and that they’ll “be able to do more outdoor sets that mirror key New York neighborhoods – Chinatown, Wall Street, Midtown, Brownstone Brooklyn.” Steiner also says that aside from the partnership with Brooklyn College, he’s also in talks with Carnegie Mellon for the university to bring “their entertainment technology programs here.” And, finally, this impressive stat is trotted out: The studio expects to have around 6,000 people working there within the next 10-12 years.
Beyond the Fence: Q&A with Doug Steiner [The Local]