'You talkin' to me?' Unions protest $600M De Niro studio project
New York City union chapters took a united stance against Robert De Niro’s $600 million movie studio project on the Astoria waterfront that has broken ground and will largely use nonunion labor. The Wildflower Studios building will become a ‘vertical village for film production’ when finished in 2023. The site is not completely devoid of union workers. State Senator Jessica Ramos has received thousands of dollars in union support. The union groups are cautiously optimistic they could sway de Niro's mind. The project will create over 1,000 new union jobs for the film industry.