I am a Theatrical Teamster with Local 817. Our union provides the transportation and logistics for all productions in the greater NYC area and we are proud of the work we do.
Television and movie producers flock to New York City for our incredible skyline, small businesses and amazing architecture. When you think of the famous scenes from Taxi Driver, Midnight Cowboy, Dogday Afternoon, Do the Right Thing, The Godfather, Hannah and Her Sisters, these films (and so many others) are about our diverse city. They give you a sense of the gritty fabric NY provides that cannot be recreated by sets in a studio.
Allowing New York City to turn into an urban mall hurts everyone, not only the residents, but the people that still go to the movies and dream about our unique city with it's many small businesses and restaurants that make it special.
Pass the Small Business Jobs Survival Act, save our city.