A: At one time in all their lives they all participated in a great social experiment when they lived in a federally subsidized housing complex for artists on the Westside of New York City — known as Manhattan Plaza.
Miracle on 42nd Street is a fascinating documentary about the history and impact of the Manhattan Plaza apartment complex in New York City. Starting with the history of the blighted Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and the facilities’ initial commercial failure in the mid-1970s, the story recounts how – in a moment of bold inspiration or maybe desperation – the buildings were “re-purposed” as subsidized housing for people who worked in the performing arts. The social experiment was a resounding success in the lives of the tenants, as well as the neighborhood and local economy. The film makes a compelling case for both the value of subsidized housing for artists in America, as well as the value of supporting the arts to the American economy. The film features on-camera interviews with people whose lives were positively impacted by the complex, including Alicia Keys, Terrance Howard, Donald Faison, Larry David and Samuel L Jackson, Angela Lansbury, and many others.
“Miracle on 42nd Street” is a 501(c)(3) non-profit production.
Miracle on 42nd Street in an important film and will inspire new ways of thinking about the value of the arts in our culture and the role of affordable housing in New York and other cities around the globe. The film stands as a timeless tribute to Manhattan Plaza’s incredible success which was the direct result of the creative community who called it home.
“Manhattan Plaza is often called the ‘Miracle on 42nd Street’, and if I did nothing else in my life but be associated with that, my life would be complete. It is the type of place to live that has to be duplicated throughout the major cities of this country.” — Irving Fischer, Manhattan Plaza Builder