THE NEW 42ND STREET

It was once an epicenter where the underworld met the elite. Tonight, we take you inside the “New 42nd Street”.

Aired on August 13, 2018.

TRANSCRIPT

> BACK IN THE 1980s AND 1990s, NEW YORK'S BROADWAY 42nd STREET WAS A PIT, CALLED ONE OF THE SLEAZIEST BLOCKS IN AMERICA AND RIGHTFULLY SO.

WHEN A NEW 42nd STREET WAS REBUILT AND REVITALIZED THE MAGNIFICENT HISTORIC THEATERS THEY RESIGNED THE BLOCK TO CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING AND NONPROFIT PRODUCTION AND ART SPACES CALLED HOME.

DAO, THEY'RE DOING MORE TO TRANSFORM LIVES IN NEW YORK CITY.

PART OF CHASING THE DREAM IN AMERICA, WE INTRODUCE YOU TO TWO PEOPLE TO MAKE ALL THIS HAPPEN.

CORA KHAN IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF 42nd.

AND ALBERT IS A NEW FELLOW.

WELCOME TO BOTH OF YOU.

HAPPY TO BE HERE.

WE ARE.

WE'RE HAPPY TO HAVE YOU.

THERE MIGHT BE VIEWERS OUT HERE WATCHING.

REALLY?

42nd STREET WE KNOW MARVELOUS NOW, THE SLEAZEST BLOCK IN 1990?

GIVE US AN IDEA.

WHEN I CAME TO WORK THE ENDS OF 1990.

THERE WERE 87 ADULT USES ON 42nd STREET INCLUDING IN THE STATE OF TODAY THAT IS KNOWN AS THE NEW VICTORY, IT WAS THE ONLY TRIPLE EX-PORN HOUSE ON 42nd STREET IN ONE OF THE BLOCKS EIGHT HISTORIC AND AS YOU SAID, MAGNIFICENT THEATERS.

IT'S ASTONISHING WHAT IT HAD BECOME WHEN YOU SEE IT ON THE MARQUEE BOARD.

IT WAS CALLED THE 42nd STREET DEVELOPMENT PROJECT AND THE CITY SAID WE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR 7TH AND 8th AVENUES AND WE BETTER FIND SOMEBODY EXPERIENCED IN THEATER.

THEY CREATED A NONPROFIT.

I BECAME THE FIRST EMPLOYEES WITH A BRAND NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

WHAT IS THIS PROJECT?

HOW WILL WE DO THIS?

THE TINY STAFF OF FIVE CAME UP WITH IDEAS, AND ONE OF THEM WAS A STUDIO FOR KIDS AND THEIR FAEMSZ ON 42nd STREET IN THE CROSS WITH WAY OF THE WORLD TO PRODUCE HIGH QUALITY WORK HOPING TO MAKE THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF NEW YORK FALL IN LOVE WITH LIVE PERFORMING ARTS AND MAKE IT PART OF THEIR LIVES FOREVER MORE AS CITIZENS.

I WILL ASK YOU ABOUT SOME MORE PROJECTS.

I WANT YOU TO GET INTO THE CONVERSATION.

BECAUSE YOU HAVE BENEFITTED IN THESE PROJECTS IN A BIT OF A DIFFERENT WAY.

YOU ARE CURRENTLY A NEW 42nd STREET FELLOW.

YES.

DESCRIBE FOR US WHAT THAT MEANS AND WHAT YOU DO.

THE FELLOWSHIP IS A YEAR LONG PROGRAM WITH ONE OF THE MANY DEPARTMENTS THE U-42 HAS.

I CHOSE ARTISTIC PROGRAMMING AND WE ARE DIVERSE AND INNOVATED.

IT INCLUDES GOING TO CONFERENCES, WHICH HAS BEEN MOST INCREDIBLE.

THE PROGRAM IS REALLY ABOUT SUPPORTING THAT INTEREST THAT US AS YOUNG NEW YORKERS HAVE IN THE ARTS AND PUTTING US IN A POSITION TO THRIVE.

YOU'VE HAD A MORE EXTENSIVE INVOLVEMENT AS A FELLOW.

YOU STARTED AS AN APPRENTICE.

WHEN I STARTED, I WAS A HIGH SCHOOL APPRENTICE.

IT WAS MY FIRST TIME WORKING IN AN OFFICE AND FIRST TIME WORKING IN THEATER ADMINISTRATION.

I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW WHAT THAT MEANT.

I KNEW I PERSONALLY LOVED THE ARTS.

FIGURING HOW CAN I PUT MY FOOT IN THE DOOR.

I GOT A LOT OF RESPECTS ON THE BACK END PATRONS DON'T USUALLY SEE WHEN THEY THINK OF THE FINAL PROJECT.

YOU WERE WORKING AS AN USHER IN THE USHER PROGRAM.

THAT'S RIGHT.

IT STARTS AS JOB TRAINING.

WE GOT PAID FOR TRAINING, GOING TO PROFESSIONAL LETTER WORKSHOPS AND COVER LETTER WORKSHOPS AND GETTING PAID TO LEARN SKILLS.

WHAT A FABULOUS DEAL THAT IS.

AND TEACH YOU HOW TO OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT AND DO A BUDGET FOR YOURSELF.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I WAS GETTING A REGULAR PAY ACADEMIC AND TAUGHT MONEY MANAGEMENT.

LET ME JUMP INTO SOME THINGS IF YOU WOULD, A VAST REPERTOIRE.

ONE IS THE CREATION OF THIS ENORMOUS REHEARSAL SPACE.

YES.

TELL US ABOUT THAT.

WE BUILT FROM THE GROUND UP A 14 STUDIO, 10-FLOOR BUILDING WITH THE BEST REHEARSAL STUDIOS IN THE CITY PROVIDING PERFORMERS EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO DO THEIR BEST WORK, NOT JUST THE MANAGERS, BUT THE COMPANIES HAND CHOREOGRAPH FERS AND DESIGNERS.

IT SAYS ON THE CORNERSTONE, DEDICATED TO THE PERFORMING ARTSTIST 20 AND 21st CENTURIES.

THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK YOU'VE DONE.

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU FOR WHAT YOU'VE DONE AND GOOD LUCK TO YOU BECAUSE CLEARLY, YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL.

THANK YOU BOTH FOR JOINING US.

THANK YOU.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON NEW 42nd STREET, NEW PROFIT PROGRAMS AND OUR CHANGING THE INITIATIVE, LOG ONTO 'METROFOCUS.'

Funders

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

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