Industry Star of the Month

Lisa Rubin, Hudson River Park Trust

Lisa Rubin May 2, 2011 - The Hudson River Park, a narrow strip of land stretching from Chambers Street to 59th Street, attracts productions with its panoramic views and scenic landscape, and as the director of Recreation, Permits and Special Events with the Hudson River Park Trust, Lisa Rubin is especially equipped to help productions seeking to shoot at the park.

“I have a production background so I get what they’re trying to do,” said the former MTV PA. “I [understand] that everything is possible as long as you’re willing to take the steps to get there. We want to work with productions, but at the same time we have to maintain [the area] as a park and don’t want to restrict public access, so we have to find that balance.”

A frequent visitor to the park is “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” which comes every few months to film. The production recently shot at the new carousel on Pier 62. “They wanted to shoot there as soon as it was ready,” she said. The Other Guys, The Adjustment Bureau, Discovery Channel’s “Man vs. Wild,” and the upcoming feature Premium Rush have also used the park as a backdrop.

“In my opinion, what makes Hudson River Park such a desired and unique location for production companies to work in is that it offers an amazing perspective of Manhattan,” said Rubin, who’s worked there since 2008. “In just a few short blocks, visitors become so far removed from the major hustle and bustle of the city and are able to experience an almost calming effect because the park is bordered by the Hudson River.” She also noted that the park’s esplanade, which runs the length of the park, lends itself for standout visual effects.

“People may not know the majority of what we own is the water,” she added, so with some extra planning and logistical coordination, shoots can take place on land and in the water.

Rubin’s favorite part of the park is Pier 54, close to 14th Street. “It’s where the Titanic was supposed to dock; some of the survivor ships actually came there so it has all of that history,” she said. The pier also has its original steel structure, which is the last of its kind among the piers. The space can accommodate full scale productions and large events. In the past the pier has been used by “Law & Order,” various sneaker commercials and even as a mini-tennis court to celebrate the US Open.

“It’s a blank canvas for productions,” she said.

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