4. Power Station at BerkleeNYC

Power Station at BerkleeNYC
Power Station at BerkleeNYC. Photo by Ryan Nava.

In 1977, acoustical engineer Tony Bongiovi opened the recording studio Power Station in a vacant former Con Edison power station. Power Station has become world-renowned for being the recording studio for artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Esperanza Spalding, and the cast of the Broadway musical Hamilton

Five years ago, Power Station’s 1962 Beaux-Arts-style building was almost sold by Bongiovi to developers with plans to demolish it. Before this could happen, BerkleeNYC saved the Power Station and reopened it in 2021 after a rehabilitation project led by David Scott Parker Architects secured the building’s facade and adapted underused spaces while leaving the recording studios untouched.