The Covid-19 pandemic has hit New York City hard in so many ways. Even though we seem to have gotten a little bit of control over the spread within our city limits, we are still trying to work within and around all the guidelines to ensure that we do not have another major wave. But in the wake of this pandemic, will be left businesses that may not recover. We talk a lot about all the small businesses that may not recover, but do we think about those small businesses related to the entertainment industry? In New York City, the entertainment industry consists of many small businesses…something many do not readily think about. One of those businesses is Brooklyn Studios – almost 30,000 sqft of studio space located in Long Island City. It is “New York City’s first and only black-owned production facility”, providing film and video sound stages with an impressive pre-Covid roster of clients.
By February 2020, as Grant was wrapping up the renovations, Brooklyn Studios had clients “chomping at the bit” to rent out the studio space. Netflix expressed serious interest in renting out all three buildings for the production of the popular series “Russian Doll” to the point of sending Brooklyn Studios a contract for Grant’s lawyers to review on March 11.