Studies and Other Activities 1982–2014

“Queens Performing Artists & Workspace: ‘I Want to Do More Than Survive—I Want to Thrive'” Funded by the David Rockefeller Fund, The Endeavor Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Report to identify workspace needs for Queens performing artists.  Download report here.

“We Make Do, More Time is Better, But Budget is King” Commissioned by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Rehearsal space needs of a segment of NYC’s dance community. Download study from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation website.

“Hidden Performance: NYC’s Theatre Subdistrict and the Challenges of Special District Zoning” Evaluation of compliance with mandated entertainment-related uses.

EtM Con Edison Composers’ Residency
Funded by Con Edison, The Amphion Foundation, AOH Foundation, The Endeavor Foundation, The George L. Shields Foundation and individuals. Competitive, placing NYC composers in cultural facilities; required public outreach program.

“Where Can We Work? A Report on Workspace Availability for NYC Musicians” Funded by New York State Music Fund, Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation and The Amphion Foundation. Musicians’ workspace needs.

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Annual Surveys to Cultural Facilities and Performing Artists Funded by the Office of City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. Assessing the economic and real estate impact on listed facilities and e-newsletter recipients.

2008 Cultural Facilities Survey

2009 Cultural Facilities Artists Survey

2010 Cultural Facilities Artists Survey

NYC Theatre Spaces  Funded by Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust, Carnegie Corporation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations. Final component of NYC Performing Arts Spaces database website. Led to 2008–2010 transfer of three websites to Fractured Atlas.

“Feasibility Study of an Orchestra-based Rehearsal Center in Manhattan” Funded by Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation. Analysis of rehearsal space needs of 11 NYC-based orchestras.

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NYC Dance Places 
Funded by Altria, The New York Community Trust, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Verizon, Carnegie Corporation, New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The second NYC Performing Arts Spaces website.

NYC Music Places Funded by Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, Avery and Janet  Fisher Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Prospect Hill Foundation, The Reed Foundation and JPMorgan Chase.

“The Entertainment Arts Industry: Part 3: Film and Video Industry – A Profile” Funded by Empire State Development Corporation, The New York Community Trust and the New York State Council on the Arts. 

“Feasibility Study for Strivers Center Cultural and
Educational Tourist Center” Commissioned by the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Adaptive use to attract tourists to cultural uses.

“Inventory of Performance Spaces in New York City”
Funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Proposed Jamaica Arts Market
Commissioned by Cultural Collaborative Jamaica. Analysis of proposed audiences for performing arts center.

Cultural Use Feasibility Study for the Former First Reformed Dutch Church
Commissioned by Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Analysis of need vs. existing performance facilities in Queens.

“The Entertainment Arts Industry: Part 2: 1982–1992–2002 – A Generation of Theatre”
Funded by Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Theatre Development Fund, James A. Macdonald Foundation, Manhattan Borough President’s Fund, Fund for Architecture & the Environment and The Home Savings Bank of America. Colloquy looking back on Theatre and Theatre District + analysis of economic impact, processes and need.

“Kaufman-Astoria Studios and the American Museum of the Moving Image” Commissioned by the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Potential prototype for potential recording facility in Harlem. One part of analysis.

“The Entertainment Arts Industry in New York City: Part 1: Recorded Sound”
Commissioned by the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Analysis of recording process and need for potential recording facility.

“Hindsight and Foresight: Planning to Protect and Guide Special Neighborhoods”
Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Carolyn & Kenneth Brody Foundation, Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, James A. Macdonald Foundation, Vinmont Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Analyzed the effectiveness of two land use mechanisms – special purpose districts and historic districts – 20 years later.

“Hindsight and Foresight: Planning for Significant City-Owned Sites”
Funded by The Vincent Astor Foundation, Fund for the City of New York, Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, The Reed Foundation, Walter & Marge Scheuer & Family Foundation, and the Vinmont Foundation. Forum in collaboration with Bar Association of the City of New York “At the Intersection of the City as Seller and the City as Developer”, plus work groups. Prompted by the Coliseum zoning change; involved reps of key City agencies + private sector leaders.

“Look Out for Broadway: The Potential for Public/Private Partnerships for West Midtown”
Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Durst Foundation, First Chicago, James A. Macdonald Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Julien J. Studley, Inc. and the Vinmont Foundation. Impediments to and support needed for viable Broadway theatres.

“Outlook for Broadway – Making Sense of the Mayor’s Theatre Advisory Council Proposals”
Funded by the James A. Macdonald Foundation, Century Paramount Hotel, in memory of Herbert J. Krapp, Vinmont Foundation and Sara Wilford. Gaming simulation + study of how transfer of development rights plus new support mechanisms could aid specific Theatre District sites.

“Who Owns the Room at the Top? A Discussion Forum on Special Low-Density Buildings”
Funded by J.M.Kaplan Fund, James A. Macdonald Foundation and the Vinmont Foundation.

“Midtown: Testing the Zoning Proposal” Funded by Metropolis Magazine. Public & private sector experts tested possible outcomes of proposed 1982 Theatre District upzoning.