Questlove joins Michael Bloomberg launching Made in NY Media Center

Questlove joins Mayor Michael Bloomberg in launching the Made in NY Media Center, on John Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The Roots member used a device to help him and a founder cut a ribbon with their minds.  Credit: Spencer T. Tucker
Questlove joins Mayor Michael Bloomberg in launching the Made in NY Media Center, on John Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The Roots member used a device to help him and a founder cut a ribbon with their minds.
Credit: Spencer T. Tucker

The musician Questlove joined city officials in unveiling the Made in NY Media Center Tuesday, wearing a headset that allowed him and a founder to cut a ceremonial ribbon without lifting a finger.

“Keep it the old fashioned way,” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joked as a machine forced a big pair of scissors to slice the red ribbon in half.

But officials hope the Brooklyn center, on DUMBO’s John Street in a 104-year-old coffee factory, will help propel the city into the future.

“The way media is produced and is consumed is changing dramatically,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

Opening Oct. 15, the 20,000-square-foot center by IFP will serve as the first government-sponsored incubator focusing on digital media. Along with community space, the center will have desks, classrooms, an art gallery, a screening room, a cafe and workspace for film, television, video, gaming, technology and advertising professionals.

The public will be able to take classes at the center while storytellers, artists and tech entrepreneurs, along with media and corporate sponsors, can apply for membership.

There are already 10 incubators focusing on various fields in the city, said Kyle Kimball, president of the city’s Economic Development Corporation.

Speaking at the latest incubator, officials also launched Cornell NYC Tech’s degree program in Connective Media, a two-year masters program designed to train engineers and technologists for the media sector.

Officials hope both the center and program will ensure the city’s media industry remains on the cutting-edge—and vice-versa.

“While tech is expanding the very horizon of possibility for media, New York’s media strength is also fueling the city’s incredible tech growth,” Bloomberg said.

Questlove, the center’s first artist-in-residence, said the birth of any new movement—hip-hop, punk or Dada—has had a center or hub where artists could collaborate.

“This will be a vibrant space that will embrace forward-thinking, like-minded artists,” Questlove said.

Before cutting the ribbon by just relaxing, Questlove marveled at technology’s impact.

“Technology has really played a game-changing role in how we create and how we consume art,” he said.

Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter: @AnnaESanders



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Local

De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.