Astoria, NY (October 22, 2008)--With New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other local officials on hand, Kaufman Astoria Studios (KAS), a nationally landmarked studio, celebrated the groundbreaking of Stage K, a $20 million, 40,000 square-foot studio facility on the morning of October 20.
Local partners including the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), New York State Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) and Signature Bank are funding the project.
In addition to Bloomberg, attending the groundbreaking were Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber, Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky, New York State Empire State Development Corporation CEO Marisa Lago, Commissioner Katherine Oliver, Council Member Eric Gioia and local Community Board 1 members. Also on hand were the cast members of ABC's Life on Mars, the cast members of Showtime's Nurse Jackie and Elmo of Sesame Street.
The largest film and television facility in New York City, KAS features six studios including a 26,040 square foot stage, KAS Music & Sound, K/A/S Lighting and radio station WFAN. Since opening its doors in 1920, KAS has been home to movie and television productions such as Angels In America, Bourne Ultimatum and The Cosby Show, and is the longtime home of Sesame Street. The upcoming film, The Taking of Pelham 123 recently finished filming at the studio as well. Life on Mars and Nurse Jackie are currently filming at KAS.
Kaufman Astoria Studios