From the Daily News:
The standard Motor Products factory in Long Island City once buzzed with the sounds of heavy machines molding, stamping and pounding metal into parts to make cars go.
Today, those sounds are gone from the century-old factory - and the company's auto parts are made in Mexico.
But the sprawling building on the corner of Northern Blvd. and 39th St. is being reborn on the strength of one of the few local industries that has accelerated amid the deepening recession - film and television production.
The cavernous space that once churned out distributor caps and ignition parts is now home to a fledgling 55,000-square-foot production studio, where the independent movies "Coach" and "A New York Thing" were recently filmed.
Developer Jeff Rosenblum, who bought the building last year from Standard Motor, said his vision for the factory bucks the recent redevelopment model that has dominated the city.