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Frequently Asked Questions:


What is Ripley-Grier Studios?

Who is Ripley-Grier?

What is Ripley-Grier's Mission Statement?
Wasn't Ripley-Grier Studios known under a different name?
Is Ripley-Grier Studios a school?
Is Ripley-Grier Studios a casting agency/ talent agency, and can they help me find work?
How do I reserve studio space?

What is the Ripley-Grier Rental Agreement?
Why do I need to give you my credit card number when I reserve space?
Can I reserve a studio space for just one-half hour?
Do you have non-profit rates and/or union discounts?
Do you have chairs and tables there for me to use?
Will you set up and breakdown my tables and chairs?
My studio time starts at 4pm but I'm going to need to go in and set up beforehand, can I get in a little early to set up?
Where do I pay?
Do you have music stands and do I have to pay extra for them?
Where can I find out which teachers rent space from Ripley-Grier Studios?
Can I call you for the latest auditions?
Can I bring in props and equipment?
Where are the nearest hotels?
What about parking lots?
Directions to Ripley-Grier Studios at 520 Eighth Avenue
Directions to Ripley-Grier Studios at 131 West 72nd Street
Directions to Ripley-Grier Studios at 939 8th Avenue

What is Ripley-Grier Studios?
Ripley-Grier Studios is New York City's premier rehearsal facility.

In a nutshell, our business is to rent short-term studio space(s) to anyone who is interested in holding a(n) rehearsal, lesson, casting/audition of any kind, open call, meeting, reading, seminar, etc.

We also rent our studios as "Lockout" spaces for theatre/film/dance companies who are looking to rehearse their entire production before heading off to their appointed theatres.

In addition, we rent our RG at 520 8th Avenue location for use as a film/theatre pre-production facility.

Who is Ripley-Grier?
Ripley-Grier Studios was named after the owners of the studios, the husband and wife team of Patricia Ripley and Butch Grier. They also have a little girl named Jean-Michelle!

Wasn't Ripley-Grier Studios known under a different name?
Yes, until recently we were known as New York Spaces, Inc. Late last year, we decided to change the company name to reflect the family name of Ripley-Grier.

Is Ripley-Grier a school?
No. Ripley-Grier Studios is not a school. We have studio spaces that teachers rent from us to hold their classes and lessons.

Is Ripley-Grier Studios a casting agency/ talent agency, and can they help me find work?
Ripley-Grier Studios is not a casting, modeling or talent agency. We rent studio space in which to hold auditions, rehearsals, classes, etc.

How do I reserve studio space?
Just call our reservation line (212) 799-5433 between the hours of 9am and 8pm, and you will be greeted by one of our studio booking personnel who will be happy to help you find the perfect studio for whatever your project may be.

Why do I need to give you my credit card number when I reserve space?
We kindly take your credit card number as a form of studio insurance. Your credit card information is always password protected on our secure server, and your name, address and personal information are kept confidential. It is never sold to any second parties.

Can I reserve a studio space for just one-half hour?
Sure, you can reserve ahead of time for one-half hour and upwards of that.

If you are already at one of our facilities, you can rent a studio for 15-minutes if you need to warm-up, prepare, breathe, etc.

The 15-minute warm-up studios are subject to "same day" availability and cannot be reserved in advance. Just walk up to the reception desk and see what's available at that time.

Do you have non-profit rates and/or union discounts?
Yes we do! If you are a member of an artistic or professional union such as AEA, SAG, AFTRA, 801, etc., you are eligible to receive discounts if you reserve studio space on the day that you need the space, or if you reserve the studio the day before you are to use it. Members must show up-to-date membership cards with appropriate card registration/ID number.

Do you have chairs and tables there for me to use?
Yes we do, and they are free of charge! We are happy to provide you with chairs and tables. Please make sure you tell the person you are reserving your studio with, to note how may tables and chairs you will need for each day of your reservation.

Will you set up and breakdown my tables and chairs?
No, we provide them for you, but kindly ask you to set up and break them down yourself. When breaking down chairs, you can just prop them up or stack them against one of the walls that aren't mirrored.

If you really are in need of assistance, please see someone at the reception desk and they will help you when they are able to step away.

My studio time starts at 4pm but I'm going to need to go in and set up beforehand, can I get in a little early to set up?
If someone else prior to your scheduled time has not reserved the studio, we are more than happy to let you get into the space a few minutes early to set up.

Where do I pay?
You can pay at the reception desk. There, our staff will be able to assist you and take your payment.

Do you have music stands, and do I have to pay extra for them?
Yes we do, and we do not charge for them. Just request how many you need, and on what date at the time you're making your reservation. If you need multiple stands (more that ten music stands), we recommend you rent them from a music rental company such as Carroll Music. They can be reached at 212.868.4120.

Can I bring in props and equipment?
We ask that you please let us know well in advance, whenever you plan on bringing in any equipment, large props, extra music stands, etc., so that we can alert the building personnel as well as our staff. At times we will be able to accommodate you, depending on our storage situation at that time. Please ask to speak to a manager about this when you call to reserve your space. Be aware that we have very limited storage capabilities.

Where can I find out which teachers rent space from Ripley-Grier Studios?
Just log onto our website at www.ripleygrier.com. Press enter and on the left hand side of our homepage you'll find a set of tabs - click the Teachers tab - and there you are!

Can I call you for the latest auditions?
We prefer you do not call us for a listing of our auditions. Unfortunately, we do not have the kind of staffing that would allow us the time to go through our audition schedules for every actor/performer that calls. Most open calls for actors and performers are listed in the weekly Backstage newspaper. You can pick up a copy of Backstage at most New York City kiosks, Barnes & Noble bookstores, or newspaper and magazine stores.

Where are the nearest hotels?
There are hotels located near our various facilities. The hotels nearest to us that we recommend are:

  • If you are visiting our studios at 520 8th Avenue:
    • The New Yorker Hotel (located across the street from our 520 8th Ave building)
      481 8th Avenue
      New York, NY 10001
      Tel: 1-212-971-0101
      Or Toll Free: 1-800-764-4680
      www.newyorkerhotel.com
    • New York's Hotel Pennsylvania
      401 Seventh Avenue @33rd Street
      New York, NY 10001
      Tel: 1-800-223-8585
      www.hotelpenn.com

  • If you are visiting our studios at 131 West 72 Street:
    • The Milburn Hotel
      242 West 76th Street (btwn West End Ave & Broadway)
      New York, NY 10023
      www.milburnhotel.com
      1-800-833-9622
    • The Lucerne
      201 West 79th Street (on 79th Street by Amsterdam Ave)
      New York, NY 10024
      www.thelucernehotel.com
      1-800-492-8122

  • If you are visiting our 939 8th Avenue location:
    • The West Park Hotel
      6 Columbus Circle (by 8th Ave)
      New York, NY 10019
      www.westparkhotel.com
      1-866-westpark
    • Trump International Hotel & Tower
      One Central Park West (by 8th Ave)
      New York, NY 10023
      1-888-44-TRUMP
      www.trumpintl.com
What about parking lots?
  • If you are visiting are studios at 520 8th Avenue:
    • Ultra Wizard Car Park, LLC
      320 West 36th Street (btwn 8th & 9th Ave)
      Monday-Sunday - 24 hour
    • Edison NY Parking, LLC
      451 9th Ave (btwn 35th & 36th St)
      Monday-Sunday - 24 hour
    • Central Kinney Parking System, Inc.
      160 West 38th Street (btwn Broadway & 7th Ave)
      Monday-Sunday - 24 hour

  • If you are visiting our studios at 131 West 72 Street:
    • ICON High Rise Parking, LLC
      200-210 West 71st Street (btwn Amsterdam & West End Ave)
      Monday-Sunday - 24 hours
      (Tel) 1-212-877-5089
      NO VANS/ NO "SUV or other oversize vehicle" - 181" Long/70-75" High
    • Champion Carousel Parking Corp.
      201 West 75th Street (btwn Amsterdam Ave & Broadway)
      Monday-Sunday - 24 hour
      (Tel) 1-212-874-0581
      NO VANS/ NO "SUV or other oversize vehicle" - 181" Long/70-75" High

  • If you are visiting our 939 8th Avenue location:
    • Quik Park Corp.
      300 West 56th Street (btwn 8th & 9th Ave)
      Monday-Sunday - 24 hour
      (Tel) 1- 212-581-3628
    • Central Parking System, Inc.
      241 West 55th Street (btwn Broadway & 8th Ave)
      Monday-Sunday - 24 hour
      (Tel) 1-212-581-3628

Directions to Ripley-Grier Studios at 520 Eighth Avenue

BY SUBWAY:

The closest subway station is 34th Street Penn Station. For this station take the A, C and E (blue lines) subway trains.

OR

You can take the 1, 2, 3 (red lines) to 34th Street subway station and walk west to 8th Avenue

By Car:

From JFK Airport: TOTAL DISTANCE: 16.8 miles (27.1km)
  1. Start out going northwest by turning right.
  2. Merge onto JFK EXWY.
  3. Take the VAN WYCK EXPWY ramp towards AIRPORT EXIT/LONG TERM PARKING/RENTAL CAR RETURNS/MANHATTAN.
  4. Merge onto VAN WYCK EXWY/I-678 N.
  5. Take the RT-25/QUEENS BLVD exit, exit number 9.
  6. Merge onto QUEENS BLVD.
  7. Turn SLIGHT LEFT.
  8. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto QUEENS BLVD/NY-25 W.
  9. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT.
  10. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto QUEENS BLVD.
  11. Turn LEFT onto 59TH AVE.
  12. 59TH AVE becomes WOODHAVEN BLVD.
  13. Turn LEFT.
  14. Turn LEFT onto WOODHAVEN BLVD.
  15. Take the I-495 W/LI EXPWY ramp towards MIDTOWN TUN.
  16. Merge onto LONG ISLAND EXWY.
  17. LONG ISLAND EXWY becomes I-495 W.
  18. Take the 35 ST exit on the left towards 34 ST/DOWNTOWN.
  19. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto TUNNEL EXIT ST.
  20. Merge onto TUNNEL EXIT ST/QUEENS MIDTOWN TUNNEL EXIT.
  21. Turn RIGHT onto E 34TH ST.
  22. Turn RIGHT onto 8TH AVE.
  23. TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME: 25 minutes
From LaGuardia Airport: TOTAL DISTANCE 7.9 miles (12.8km)
  1. Go onto AIRPORT EXIT
  2. Take the PARKWAY WEST ramp towards MANHATTAN.
  3. Merge onto GRAND CENTRAL PKWY W.
  4. Take the BKLYN-QNS EXPWY exit, exit number 4, towards VERRAZANO NARROWS BR./I-278 W.
  5. Stay straight to go onto 4.
  6. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto BROOKLYN QUEENS EXPY EAST RAMP.
  7. Merge onto BROOKLYN QUEENS EXWY E.
  8. Take the I-278 W exit.
  9. Merge onto BROOKLYN QUEENS EXWY.
  10. Take the RT-25A/NORTHERN BLVD exit, exit number 38.
  11. Turn RIGHT onto NORTHERN BLVD/NY-25A.
  12. NORTHERN BLVD/NY-25A becomes JACKSON AVE/NY-25A.
  13. Turn LEFT onto 21ST ST.
  14. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto ramp.
  15. Merge onto I-495 W.
  16. Take the 35 ST exit on the left towards 34 ST/DOWNTOWN.
  17. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto TUNNEL EXIT ST.
  18. Merge onto TUNNEL EXIT ST/QUEENS MIDTOWN TUNNEL EXIT
  19. Turn RIGHT onto E 34TH ST.
  20. Turn RIGHT onto 8TH AVE.
Directions from Newark Airport:
  1. TOTAL DISTANCE: 15.5 miles (25.0km)
  2. Turn onto NEWARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EXIT.
  3. Stay straight to go onto NEWARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EXIT. 0.5 miles
  4. Take the US-1/US-9 ramp towards US-22/NEWARK-ELIZABETH/RT-21/NY VIA SKYWAY.
  5. Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp.
  6. Keep LEFT at the fork in the ramp.
  7. Merge onto US-1 & 9 N.
  8. US-1 & 9 N becomes US-1 N.
  9. US-1 N becomes 12TH ST.
  10. 12TH ST becomes BOYLE PLZ.
  11. BOYLE PLZ becomes HOLLAND TUNNEL.
  12. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT.
  13. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto HUDSON ST.
  14. Turn LEFT onto CANAL ST. 0.2 miles
  15. Turn RIGHT onto JOE DIMAGGIO HWY/WEST ST/W SIDE HWY.
  16. JOE DIMAGGIO HWY/WEST ST/W SIDE HWY becomes JOE DIMAGGIO HWY/W SIDE HWY/NY-9A N.
  17. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto JOE DIMAGGIO HWY/WEST ST/W SIDE HWY.
  18. Turn RIGHT onto BANK ST.
  19. Turn LEFT onto 8TH AVE.
  20. 8TH AVE becomes ABINGDON SQ.
  21. Stay straight to go onto 8TH AVE.
  22. 8TH AVE becomes 8TH AVE/JOE LOUIS PLZ.
  23. 8TH AVE/JOE LOUIS PLZ becomes 8TH AVE.
Public transportation from JFK to Ripley-Grier Studios:
A taxi from JFK airport generally charges a flat rate of $45 plus toll(s) and tip.

There are at least three shuttle bus companies that will bring you directly to Ripley-Grier Studios from area airports: Gray Line, Olympia, Super Shuttle.

There are many car service/limousine companies with comparable services and rates; here are four: Olympic 212-995-1200, Carmel 212-666-6666 or 800-922-7635, Absolute 212-227-6588 or 800-546-6654, Lincoln 212-666-5050.

Public Transportation from LaGuardia Airport to Ripley-Grier Studios:
A taxi from LaGuardia airport costs a flat charge of $30 plus toll(s) and tip. There are at least three shuttle bus companies that will bring you directly across the street from Ripley-Grier Studios from area airports: Gray Line, Olympia, Super Shuttle.

Public transportation from Newark Airport to The New Yorker Hotel:
From Newark, a taxi costs about $40 plus toll(s) and tip. There are at least three shuttle bus companies that will bring you directly across the street from Ripley-Grier Studios from area airports: Gray Line, Olympia, Super Shuttle.

Directions to Ripley-Grier Studios at 131 West 72nd Street

BY SUBWAY:

The closest station is 72 Street Station on the 1, 2, 3 red subways lines

OR

You can also take the B, C lines (yellow & blue lines) to 72 Street Station

BY Car from JFK Airport (Total distance 18.81 miles)
  1. Start out going SOUTHEAST.
  2. Turn SLIGHT LEFT to take the ramp toward AIRPORT EXIT / OTHER TERMINALS.
  3. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto JFK EXPY.
  4. Merge onto I-678 N / VAN WYCK EXPY toward AIRPORT EXIT / RETURN TO TERMINALS / LONG TERM PARKING / RENTAL CAR RETURNS.
  5. Merge onto GRAND CENTRAL PKWY W via EXIT 10 on the LEFT toward LA GUARDIA AIRPORT / TRIBORO BR. 1.9 miles
  6. Take the I-495 / LONG IS EXPWY exit- EXIT 10E-W- toward EASTERN LONG IS / MANHATTAN.
  7. Merge onto I-495 W / LONG ISLAND EXPY via EXIT 10W on the LEFT.
  8. Take EXIT 15 toward VAN DAM ST.
  9. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto QUEENS MIDTOWN EXPY / BORDEN AVE
  10. Turn RIGHT onto VAN DAM ST.
  11. Turn LEFT onto THOMSON AVE.
  12. Take the QUEENSBORO BR UPPER RDWY ramp.
  13. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto QUEENSBORO BRG-UPPER LEVEL / 59TH ST BRIDGE.
  14. Take the ramp toward 60 ST-WEST.
  15. Turn LEFT onto E 63RD ST.
  16. Turn RIGHT onto PARK AVE.
  17. Turn LEFT onto E 66TH ST.
  18. E 66TH ST becomes 65TH ST.
  19. Turn RIGHT onto CENTRAL PARK W.
  20. Turn LEFT onto W 72ND ST.
  21. End at 131 West 72nd Street
By Car:

Directions from Newark Airport: Total Est. Distance: 17.54 miles
  1. Start out going NORTH.
  2. Merge onto I-78 E toward I-95 / NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE / US-1 & 9 N (Portions toll).
  3. Take the N J TURNPIKE NORTH / I-95 N exit.
  4. Keep LEFT to take I-95 N / NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE N toward I-80 / EXITS 15E - 18E / US-46 / LINCOLN TUNNEL (Portions toll).
  5. Take EXIT 16E toward LINCOLN TUNNEL / NEW YORK CITY.
  6. Keep LEFT to take NJ-495 E toward LINCOLN TUNNEL (Portions toll) (Crossing into NEW YORK).
  7. NJ-495 E becomes I-495 E / LINCOLN TUNNEL.
  8. Take the exit on the LEFT toward I-495 E / 42 ST / RT-9A / ALL POINTS
  9. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto DYER AVE.
  10. Turn LEFT onto W 42ND ST.
  11. Turn RIGHT onto 12TH AVE / NY-9A N / WEST SIDE HWY. Continue to follow NY-9A N / WEST SIDE HWY.
  12. Take the W 72 ST exit- EXIT 9- toward RIVERSIDE DR.
  13. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto W 72ND ST.
  14. End at 131 W 72nd St
By Car:

Directions from LaGuardia Airport: Total Est. Distance: 7.92 miles
  1. Start out going NORTHEAST on LA GUARDIA RD.
  2. Turn SLIGHT LEFT toward TERMINAL A / MARINE AIR TERMINAL / RENTAL CAR RETURNS.
  3. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto CENTRAL TERMINAL DR.
  4. Take the AIRPORT EXIT ramp.
  5. Merge onto GRAND CENTRAL PKWY W toward MANHATTAN.
  6. GRAND CENTRAL PKWY W becomes I-278 E.
  7. Take EXIT 3 toward HOYT AVE.
  8. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto ASTORIA BLVD N / I-278 TRUCK E.
  9. Turn LEFT onto 31ST ST.
  10. 31ST ST becomes NY-25A.
  11. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto QUEENS PLZ N / BRIDGE PLZ N.
  12. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto QUEENSBORO BRIDGE.
  13. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto QUEENSBORO BRG-LOWER LEVEL / 59TH ST BRIDGE.
  14. Take the 2 AVE-SOUTH ramp
  15. Take the 60 ST WEST ramp.
  16. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto E 60TH ST.
  17. Turn RIGHT onto PARK AVE. 0.2 miles
  18. Turn LEFT onto E 66TH ST.
  19. E 66TH ST becomes 65TH ST.
  20. Turn RIGHT onto CENTRAL PARK W.
  21. Turn LEFT onto W 72ND ST.
  22. End at 131 W 72nd St
Directions to Ripley-Grier Studios at 939 8th Avenue

BY SUBWAY

Take the A, B, C, D or 1 subway lines (blue & red lines) to 59th St./ Columbus Circle

OR

Take the N, R, Q, W subway lines (yellow lines) to 57th St./7th Ave

By Car

Directions from JFK Airport: Total Est. Distance: 18.67 miles
  1. Start out going SOUTHEAST.
  2. Turn SLIGHT LEFT to take the ramp toward AIRPORT EXIT / OTHER TERMINALS.
  3. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto JFK EXPY.
  4. Merge onto I-678 N / VAN WYCK EXPY toward AIRPORT EXIT / RETURN TO TERMINALS / LONG TERM PARKING / RENTAL CAR RETURNS.
  5. Merge onto GRAND CENTRAL PKWY W via EXIT 10 on the LEFT toward LA GUARDIA AIRPORT / TRIBORO BR.
  6. Take the I-495 / LONG IS EXPWY exit- EXIT 10E-W- toward EASTERN LONG IS / MANHATTAN.
  7. Merge onto I-495 W via EXIT 10W on the LEFT (Portions toll).
  8. Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp.
  9. Turn LEFT onto E 37TH ST.
  10. Turn RIGHT onto 3RD AVE.
  11. Turn LEFT onto E 42ND ST. 0.5 miles
  12. Turn RIGHT onto 6TH AVE / AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS.
  13. Turn LEFT onto W 43RD ST.
  14. Turn RIGHT onto 8TH AVE.
  15. End at 939 8th Ave
Directions from Newark Airport Total Est. Distance: 16.08 miles
  1. Start out going NORTH.
  2. Merge onto I-78 E toward I-95 / NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE / US-1 & 9 N (Portions toll).
  3. Take the N J TURNPIKE NORTH / I-95 N exit.
  4. Keep LEFT to take I-95 N / NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE N toward I-80 / EXITS 15E - 18E / US-46 / LINCOLN TUNNEL (Portions toll).
  5. Take EXIT 16E toward LINCOLN TUNNEL / NEW YORK CITY.
  6. Keep LEFT to take NJ-495 E toward LINCOLN TUNNEL (Portions toll) (Crossing into NEW YORK).
  7. NJ-495 E becomes I-495 E / LINCOLN TUNNEL.
  8. Take the exit on the LEFT toward I-495 E / 42 ST / RT-9A / ALL POINTS.
  9. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto DYER AVE.
  10. Turn RIGHT onto W 42ND ST.
  11. Turn LEFT onto 8TH AVE.
  12. End at 939 8th Ave
Directions to LaGuardia Total Est. Distance: 9.66 miles
  1. Start out going NORTHEAST on LA GUARDIA RD.
  2. Turn SLIGHT LEFT toward TERMINAL A / MARINE AIR TERMINAL / RENTAL CAR RETURNS.
  3. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto CENTRAL TERMINAL DR.
  4. Take the AIRPORT EXIT ramp.
  5. Merge onto GRAND CENTRAL PKWY W toward MANHATTAN.
  6. Take the BKLYN-QNS EXPWY exit- EXIT 4- toward STATEN ISLAND / I-278 W.
  7. Merge onto BROOKLYN QUEENS EXPY E.
  8. Merge onto I-278 W / BROOKLYN QUEENS EXPY.
  9. Take the L.I. EXPWY / I-495 exit- EXIT 35- toward MIDTOWN TUN / EASTERN L.I. / GREENPOINT AVE
  10. Merge onto I-495 W via EXIT 35W on the LEFT toward MIDTOWN TUN / MANHATTAN (Portions toll).
  11. Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp.
  12. Turn LEFT onto E 37TH ST
  13. Turn RIGHT onto 3RD AVE.
  14. Turn LEFT onto E 42ND ST.
  15. Turn RIGHT onto 6TH AVE / AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS
  16. Turn LEFT onto W 43RD ST.
  17. Turn RIGHT onto 8TH AVE
  18. End at 939 8th Ave
 
 
 
 
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