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Film Biz Recycling
Every Person in New York

In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: The police, who investigate crime, and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are their props and set pieces and wardrobe. *Doink Doink* [sound file].

OK, it's not just Law and Order. Film Biz Recycling, 540 President St. [3rd/4th Aves.] Bklyn 347.384.2336, has props, clothing and furniture from a huge number of the city's film, television, theater and advertising productions. When stuff is donated to this non-profit, they put some of it in the retail store, the rest is available for rent.

Part of FBR's mission is to "redistribute valuable, material donations to communities of need throughout New York City." That takes many forms, from sale, repurposing, placing with another organization or reusing in one of their classes or workshops.

Founder Eva Radke points out, "Something to remember about our wardrobe, set dressing and furniture is that they only come from the entertainment industry—ergo, purchased by set decorators, stylist and art directors who are paid quite handsomely for their eye and knowledge of design history and current trends."

There's an undersung stockpile of clothing and accessories, too, from cocktail dresses to tuxes. A section of DIY goodies. There will also be plenty of things you wouldn't have on your essentials list: fake hanging meat and cheese, the kind you see over the counter of an old-fashioned deli, is bound to be one man's treasure. *Doink Doink*

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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