2018-04-18 / Features

Astoria, The New Arts District


(L. to r.): Amy Harrison, Executive Director of Rioult Dance NY, Hal Rosenbluth, President and CEO of Kaufman Astoria Studios; Juliet Papa, acclaimed reporter at 1010 WINS Radio; and Rob Walsh 1010 WINS Radio host, “The Bottom Line for Business.” 
Photo Tony Barsamian (L. to r.): Amy Harrison, Executive Director of Rioult Dance NY, Hal Rosenbluth, President and CEO of Kaufman Astoria Studios; Juliet Papa, acclaimed reporter at 1010 WINS Radio; and Rob Walsh 1010 WINS Radio host, “The Bottom Line for Business.” Photo Tony Barsamian A panel discussion was given on Astoria as the new art district, an avant garde, cool, hot, and hip place to work and live; and how development there has to be a planned, thought-out process with multiple steps of implementation, including the community in the process. The panel consisted of Hal Rosenbluth, President and CEO of Kaufman Astoria Studios (KAS); Steven Pedigo, Director of the NYU Schack Institute Urban Lab; Gideon Frankel, Principal of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (FSSA); and Amy Harrison, Executive Director of Rioult Dance NY (which is opening on Steinway and 34th Avenue in September). The panel was moderated by Juliet Papa, acclaimed reporter at 1010 WINS Radio. Rosenbluth solidified the historic KAS’ reputation as one of the largest and most comprehensive NYC studio campuses. He led the efforts to bring back the glory days of Astoria Studios, while invigorating the neighborhood and diversifying the business of KAS. Pedigo is an expert in economic development, marketing and place-branding. He advises cities, universities, real estate developers, non-profit organizations, and Fortune 500 companies. FSSA is one of the city’s premier public arts high schools. Principal Frankel, a former film teacher and graduate of LaGuardia High School, began his career in film and broadcasting at NBC. Harrison has been an arts administrator, educator, manager and agent and has been with Rioult Dance since 2005. Prior to that she was with the Martha Graham School and Company.

Some of the food was provided by George’s at Kaufman Astoria Studios, formerly known as The Astor Room, located on the floor above Studio A where the program took place.

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