The Astor Room at Kaufman Astoria Studios, which closed for renovations, reopens today with a new interior, menu, and name. Now called George’s, the restaurant is a tribute to Kaufman Astoria Studios’ former chairman George Kaufman, who died earlier this year. Several East Coast productions, like Orange Is The New Black, The Affair, and Nurse
“It was like a scene out of ‘The Shining,’” said Pete Romano, recalling the way he used to zoom on his bicycle through the hallways at Kaufman Astoria Studios, a benefit of having an uncle on the facilities staff. Now Mr. Romano walks those hallways with his dog, Blue, trotting alongside and helping him check on things.
The increase in films has resulted in an increase in staff and an increase in working commuters every day. According to Kaufman Astoria Studios executives, between 200 and 400 people work on an average television series—including writers, costume and set designers, location scouts and production assistants.