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Dear Friends,

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) are proud to announce that Steiner Studios has been selected to develop a 500,000-square-foot film and television production hub on the Made in New York Campus at Bush Terminal in Sunset Park. The facilities will include eight new soundstages, gut-renovations of two historic buildings, and a new parking facility. Steiner will complete the adjacent Bush Terminal Piers Park and build a new playground designed with community input. By expanding production capacity and investing in skilled job training and talent development programs, the new production hub affirms our commitment to increasing access and opportunities for New Yorkers in the film and television industry and strengthens the City’s role as a center for film and television production.

This week we also announced a new program that builds on the efforts of the Office of Nightlife to provide mediation to New Yorkers and hospitality businesses across the city who are in disputes over quality-of-life issues. Administered by the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) in partnership with the Office of Nightlife, MEND (Mediating Establishment and Neighbor Disputes) NYC will create opportunities to resolve such disputes by referring cases where there may be chronic or urgent quality-of-life complaints related to a restaurant, bar, or other nightlife venue to OATH’s Center for Creative Conflict Resolution. By providing residents and businesses an opportunity to collaboratively design creative solutions and repair tense relationships, MEND NYC aims to mitigate the need for formal enforcement, such as issuing summonses, which can add financial hardship to small businesses that are already under tremendous strain.

We recognize that while the City continues the process of reopening, there are still many individuals and businesses who are facing great uncertainty and hardship. MOME continues to work with our colleagues in government to monitor the impacts of the pandemic on the industries we serve and do everything we can to keep you informed about available resources and updates.


Phase 4 production guidance is available on the Film Permit website. Please check frequently for updates and review the guidelines and FAQ before submitting permit applications. The Film Office is operating remotely, so please allow additional time for Film Permit processing.


New York City’s Open Restaurants program continues until October 31. Selected corridors will be operational on Friday from 5-11pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12-11pm. Information about Restaurant Reopening is also available at or by calling the SBS hotline at 888-SBS-4NYC.

To assist businesses participating in outdoor dining, the Office of Nightlife has made the following guides and informational materials available for download at

        • ”What to Expect When You’re Inspected”
        • “Multi-agency Reopening Toolkit for Restaurants and Bars”
        • It’s Up to You, New York social distancing guides and graphics
        • Take Out, Don’t Hang Out posters

The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) has compiled a list of event production companies that rent or sell the equipment needed to safely transition to outdoor dining while complying with safety and accessibility regulations. Using this list, restaurants can contact several vendors directly to compare prices and find the best deal available.


Information and guidelines for businesses reopening in Phase 4 are available at Under the State’s New York Forward plan, each business must develop a written Safety Plan for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Businesses may fill out this template or develop their own Safety Plan, which must be conspicuously posted on site and made available to the New York State Department of Health or New York City health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection. 

The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is hosting Small Business Resource Fairs to provide information about requirements and guidelines to re-opening, safety plans, financial assistance, regulatory changes, employee support, licensing, inspections, and more. They also have a small business hotline—888-SBS-4NYC or 888-727-4692—to answer questions about the latest guidelines and regulations.

The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) offers information about reopening requirements and health and safety guidelines for the workplace, including FAQs for NYC Workers and an update about workplace laws for employers and employees to stop the spread of COVID-19. In addition, they have set up a Worker Protection Hotline at 311 or 1-212-436-0381 for questions about reopening or to report an employer that is not following reopening requirements.

DCWP and SBS also are working with business-serving partner organizations throughout the five boroughs to distribute free face coverings citywide to small businesses and their employees. If you are a small business looking to secure free face coverings for your employees, information is available here.

The NYC PPE + Reopening Supplies Marketplace provides a one-stop-shop for easy-to-access suppliers of (i) face masks and coverings, (ii) face shields, (iii) gloves, (iv) cleaning and disinfectant products, (v) physical barriers and portable furniture, and (vi) other supplies needed for re-opening. It represents both local and national suppliers and manufacturers to provide a wide range of order minimums.
New York State’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory remains in effect. Travelers from 31 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to New York.. The State Department of Health issued an emergency health order mandating that travelers from designated high infection states provide local authorities with contact information upon entering New York to help enforce quarantining. For more information, visit the New York State website at or call the New York State hotline at 888-364-3065.

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Play NYC, an annual celebration of games, continues online through this Sunday, August 16. The free conference features over 70 games from developers in New York and around the world, as well as 50 talks, panels and demos.

MOME is proud to support Harlem Week which runs August 16-23. Now in its 46th year, the annual celebration of Harlem culture and history will be virtual this year and features film screenings, music, dance performances, children’s activities and more.

In addition, our Virtual NYC Curator Collections, launched in partnership with the NYC & Company and DCLA, continues online. The collection features a series of virtual experiences of New York City attractions, arts institutions and entertainment venues handpicked by some of the city’s leading cultural influencers.

As the city continues to reopen, we encourage you to join the #AllinNYC social media campaign that showcases New York stories of resilience. All in NYC invites residents and businesses to share their love for their neighborhoods, elevating a diverse range of voices across channels to celebrate the locals who make the City so engaging and encourage visitors to enjoy a deeper, authentic experience in NYC’s many enclaves. Information on how to participate is available here.
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As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns or for support.

Stay safe,

Anne del Castillo
Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment