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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
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SPOTLIGHT ON ROCK LOCATIONS
By Katie McFadden
Frank Sinatra was here for
“The Detective.” It was trans-
formed into old Atlantic City
for HBO’s “Boardwalk Em-
pire.” “Blue Bloods” brought
Donnie Wahlberg here earlier
this year. Rockaway is famous.
At least it’s made some cam-
eos. And now Rock Locations
is looking to put more of a
spotlight on the peninsula as
a film hotspot.
Claudia Bloom has experi-
ence in a variety of media and
film from publishing to act-
ing and even coaching actors
herself. After moving from the
Upper East Side to Rockaway
last November, Bloom wanted
a way to work within her new
hometown. “I was looking for
a creative outlet to keep me
working more at the beach
than spending too much time
on the A train commute,”
Bloom said. With her back-
ground in media and TV/film,
she recognized Rockaway as
an ideal backdrop for filming
and photography and saw an
opportunity to bring attention
to the peninsula. “I started to
think about the richness and
beauty of this urban beach
community and I knew things
had been filmed here before,
but I was thinking about how
I can use my skills and knowl-
edge of the film business and
making connections here. I
started asking local business-
es if they would be interested
in having their place used for
a shoot and a lot said ‘yeah,
sign me up,’” Bloom said. She
launched Rock Locations in
January, a company designed
to connect those looking to
shoot a project, with busi-
nesses and homes that own-
ers are willing to be used for
media production projects.
As a surfer herself, Bloom
started with those in the surf
community, such as Break-
water Surf Co and the Rock-
away Beach Surf Club. She
has since added Marina 59,
Rockaway Brewing Co, Ship
to Shore Wine Shop, Sayra’s
Wine Bar, Zingara Vintage,
NiLu Kids, Off Season Bou-
tique, New York Arbor Gal-
lery, All Seasons Retreat and
the Swellife mobile boutique,
plus even more businesses
pending. Soon homeowners
started to offer up their prop-
erties, like the guys behind
Locals Surf School, who own
a Rockaway Beach surf house.
A large Neponsit home, a
Beach 117th Street cottage,
two bungalows on Beach 24th
and about three other homes
are also up for a chance in the
spotlight.
Through her connections
in the industry, and simply
through networking with film
crews that come out to Rock-
away, Bloom is also building
up a list of contacts that may
see the potential for these
Rockaway locations to be used
for things such as print me-
dia, films, television shows,
commercials, music videos
and more. So far Bloom has
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Claudia Bloom