The Metropolitan Building (Long Island City, NY): Dating from 1909, the same year the Queensboro Bridge was built, the Metropolitan Building was first an electrical parts factory. Seventy years later it was long vacant and in a sad state of disrepair.
In 1980, Eleanor Ambos, who had a successful antique furniture rental business in Manhattan, bought the building for storage and to accommodate a variety of artisans to set up their studios and work rooms.
It quickly transformed into a venue for photo shoots and films. It is truly a unique space that inspires the imagination.