Iconic Manhattan recording studio reopens after renovations


HELL’S KITCHEN, Manhattan — Hit songs and stars have been made for decades at the Power Station.

Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, David Bowie and Bob Dylan are just some of the talents who have recorded at the famous facility on West 53rd Street in Hell’s Kitchen. Cyndi Lauper, who recorded “True Colors” in the studio 35 years ago, was on hand for its grand reopening.

Now known as The Power Station at BerkleeNYC, the studio reopened Wednesday after a two-year renovation project totaling $15 million, including $6 million from the city. 

The public-private partnership is a collaboration with Berklee College of Music in Boston. A master’s program will be available at the facility.

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the NYC Economic Development Committee, along with musician/investor Pete Muller, and members of the Founder’s Advisory Board, worked with Berkeley College to revitalize the historic Power Station Studios. 

It was originally built as a Con-Ed power relay station, which provided power to Manhattan’s elevated train, which ran along what is now the High Line.

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