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Industry Star of the Month

Juan Rosario, HPD

Juan Rosario June 1, 2005 - Juan Rosario is the film coordinator for New York City���s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). He started his career as a paralegal at the agency 24 years ago, and last year took on the responsibilities of coordinating film shoots at HPD-controlled facilities.

The HPD controls properties throughout the City, many of which have historical significance to the City. The buildings run the gamut of architectural styles, from 1800���s Victorian buildings to modern brownstones.

One of the most popular locations among producers is The Precinct at 37-43 Herbert Street, a former police precinct which was vacated over the past several years and is now available for production. The red brick Victorian-style facility dates from the 19th century and offers unique details including the building���s original tin ceilings, a wrought iron spiral staircase and catacombs in the basement.

HPD also offers filmmakers a limited number of vacant apartments and lots in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan.

Over the past year, Rosario has assisted productions including Law & Order, Third Watch, Rescue Me, NY-70, Martin Scorsese���s The Departed, and Mel Brooks��� The Producers: The Movie Musical.

For Rosario, the most attractive feature the HPD properties offer to filmmakers are the City history they infuse into productions. ���These facilities give filmmakers the flavor and history of the City and the ambiance of our communities,��� Rosario said. ���It gives these productions a very real perception of New York.���

Rosario said many of the properties are currently vacant, making it easy to accommodate production schedules. ���Given that these properties are available free of charge, they���re readily available, and many offer large, flexible open spaces, HPD facilities offer producers a lot of latitude to accomplish what they envision,��� he said.

Prior to granting any scouting requests, HPD requests that the scout transmit a copy of their scouting/film permit as well as a letter describing the project with relevant dates and requesting a scouting appointment to Juan Rosario, HPD Film Liaison, 100 Gold Street, Office 6-T, New York, NY 10038. As long as there are no impediments for using the location, HPD will coordinate a scouting appointment and send a letter detailing the arrangements to the necessary parties.

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Michael Super, Coney Island, Parks and Recreational Manager
Caroline Stephenson, NYC Economic Development Corporation
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2010
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2009
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Eva Radke, Film Biz Recycling
Karen Meyerhoff, Guggenheim
Meredith Rothstein, Roseland Ballroom
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2008
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Sharon Jensen, The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts
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Sam Levy, Summer Play Festival
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Tom Maiorano, Brooklyn Navy Yard
Joan Cooney, South Street Seaport
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Brooke Smy, Tishman Speyer
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2007
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2006
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Vin Lenza, Staten Island Development Corporation
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2004
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