Steven Spielberg receives key to Paterson from mayor | Paterson Times

Steven Spielberg receives key to Paterson from mayor


Legendary director Steven Spielberg was presented with the key to the city by mayor Andre Sayegh for filming the remake of the “West Side Story” in downtown Paterson.

Sayegh presented the key, highest honor bestowed by a city, to Spielberg, known for such classic films as “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan,” and the “Minority Report,” in a private ceremony at City Hall on Tuesday.

Spielberg had been in the city shooting the remake when the mayor made the presentation. He has been filming the “West Side Story” for much of the summer. Downtown Paterson, particularly around City Hall, has been transformed into 1950s New York City.

“It’s not every day that we have an American icon in our city filming an epic movie,” said Sayegh. “That’s why we appreciate Steven Spielberg for picking Paterson and for his very generous contribution to improve our parks.”

Film company 20th Century Fox gave $30,000 to the city to protect its intellectual property and use the city-owned Ellison Street garage for filming, according to municipal records. Funds were split between the new Friends of Paterson Parks group and the Paterson Restoration Corporation.

Some local businesses and the Passaic County Community College also received contributions for allowing the film company to use their spaces for filming.

20th Century Fox received $6.85 million in incentives from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) through the NJ Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program to shoot the remake in the Garden State.

“His presence in Paterson has helped enhance our image and stimulate our local economy,” said Sayegh.

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  • bigron

    Spielberg gets nearly $7 million and gives back $30,000. What a deal. Mr. Sayegh will be purchasing the Brooklyn Bridge soon to enhance the brand of our city.

    • John Jackson


      • bigron

        And you're an anti-Semite that has no room in this country much less this world. Please take your hate to another planet. Thank you very much.

        • John Jackson

          Make me

          • Amy

            You've been flagged for hate speech.

            You're welcome.

    • Virginia Wright

      Speilberg didn't give a dime.. 20th Century Fox gave the 30,000.00, which I don't think was enough.

  • John Jackson

    That’s how he got elected

    • firebird

      his wife who believes she's a Queen-amongst-Peasants brags openly on how he got elected.

  • firebird

    what a schmuck – he's practically geeking out in his pants w/ Spielberg breathing next to him.

  • Chris Grunstra

    Yeah screw you Jew make tons money give back shit go die

    • bigron

      Please take your hate to another planet. Thank you very much.

      • Amy

        I flagged it. You should do the same.


          And you are flagged for hate speech.

          • Amy

            Which will never fly, since I haven't engaged in hate speech the way the person I flagged did. But, hey, go ahead and get your jollies. Just remember: God don't like ugly.
            And, by the way, I'm blocking you, so don't bother to reply to me. I won't see it.


            You also talk too much.

  • John Brown

    Andres lips must be chapped from all that ass kissing

  • Amy

    And now you're blocked, so don't bother to reply, because I won't see it.

    • John Jackson

      Shut up stupid

  • Johnny Mancebo

    30k to Paterson after a 6.8 million tax deduction… you must be kidding me! , how about coughing up a little more money after the annoying traffic this movie has caused the city and the inconvenience that it has caused local residents with blocked streets and detours.