In a move that reinforces the entertainment industry’s growing romance with the outer-boroughs, a leading Manhattan-based prop company is moving its headquarters to Long Island City.
Prop n Spoon, a market leader in furniture rentals for film, television and other special events, has leased 45,165 square feet of office/flex space at 32-00 Skillman Avenue, a.k.a, the Swingline Building – the former headquarters of the Swingline Stapler Company.
Jarod Stern, managing director of international commercial real estate services firm Studley, represented Prop n Spoon in the long-term leasing transaction and Lawrence T. Smith, executive vice president of Sholom and Zuckerbrot Realty LLC, represented the landlord, Stellar Management.
According to Stern, who is well known for his work with a diverse mix of fashion, law and financial companies, Long Island City resonates strongly for many creative companies looking for larger flexible floorplates and increased visibility within the borough’s emerging art scene. In the case of Prop n Spoon, he noted that the Swingline Building “met all of the operational needs of the tenant, including proximity to transportation,” notably the 7 train, Queens Boulevard and 59th Street Bridge.
Known as a hub for the arts and culture, the Long Island City-area is also home to the famed Silvercup Studios, where smash hits like NBC’s 30 Rock and the CW’s Gossip Girl are filmed; the Museum of the Moving Image; and Kaufman Astoria Studios, the longtime home of the Children’s Television Workshop, where Sesame Street is produced.
With nearly a million items ranging from sectionals to flatware, antique to ultra modern, Prop n Spoon is known for creating distinctive events for more than 25 years.