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Hollywood on the Hudson
Ever since Edison's cameras first pointed their lenses at the streets of New York City in the 1890's, filmmakers and film-lovers have been romanced by images of the Big Apple on the silver screen. From King Kong's climb of the Empire State building, to Audrey Hepburn's window shopping in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, to the "ripped from the headlines" stories of "Law and Order", film and TV have featured New York City not just as backdrop, but often, in the starring role.

Until Hollywood took over, New York City was actually America's first motion picture capital. Today, the city's film and TV industry still brings in about $5 billion a year and accounts for roughly 100,000 jobs. But in recent years cheaper costs have lured some film and television production away from the city, this time to places like Canada, Australia, and Romania. Often, street scenes are shot on location in New York, and the bulk of the business then goes off to a soundstage elsewhere.

Hollywood on the Hudson
New York is making a major new effort to lure these "runaway productions" away from competitors and back to the Big Apple. New aggressive tax incentives convinced Mel Brooks and company to bring the full production of the remake of THE PRODUCERS to Brooklyn's Steiner Studios. It's one of the first major productions to take a detour and stay in NYC for the new incentives plan; and now, many others are following suit.

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