DISTRICT PROFILE: Alina Lundry
August 31, 2016
Name: Alina Lundry
Title: Co-Founder and C.O.O.
Organization/Business: Highline Stages
What do you do, and how did you get here?
I am the C.O.O. of Highline Stages, a photography and film production facility, which has become a key hub for creativity and innovation among photographers, filmmakers, artists and designers. On any given day, our studios, stages, and event spaces are filled with magazine publications, high-end fashion houses and designers, commercial shoots, TV networks, and pre and post production video crews.
I’ve been working and living in and around this District for almost 25 years now. All of which while working in the photography and film industry. During many of those years I managed Industria Superstudio on Washington Street. Six years ago I joined forces with my business partners and industry colleagues, Gary Kline and Peter Triolo, to create HIGHLINE STAGES at the historic CECO Building.
What do you love about Meatpacking?
What I love most is its history, as well as the personal memories I have made on each of these blocks. The District’s original architecture, its cobblestone streets, the stories of old working markets, and its proximity to the riverfront and elevated High Line remind me of the days of old. For me, the real beauty of recent, is the carefully curated and new construction that surrounds our past here.… prime example is Renzo Piano’s Whitney Museum.
If you had 15 minutes, how will you spend it in the neighborhood?
Most often, I like to pop over to the High Line Park. There is a great combination of beautiful light, rotating public art, seasonal plantings, and both river and city views. A few minutes up there clears the mind.
If you had a few hours, how would you ideally spend the day?
If I had a few hours to spend I would definitely spend a good chunk of it at the Whitney Museum. I love to start on the top floor gallery, and wind my way down, while every so often stopping outside to catch another view. Then I would find my way over to the various galleries in our District and then head north to the far west Chelsea gallery district, again via the High Line.
Where do you go to escape the crowds? People watch?
When I want to escape the crowds and also people watch, I head over to the Hudson River Park. Even when it’s filled with visitors, everyone seems to have plenty of open space for themselves, and there’s always plenty of visitors to watch. Great people watching spots in our District are our rooftop bars as well. There are several in the District, but two I’ve certainly been seen at are the Top of the Standard and PH-D Rooftop Lounge at the Dream Downtown.
Where will you recommend for a great cocktail or bite?
Cull + Pistol at the Chelsea Market has a fabulous raw bar for evening happy hour. For dinner, I would choose Untitled at the Whitney – it’s become one of my new go-to spots. I love the clean open environment and the seasonal menu. To end the night? A stop at the Brass Monkey.
What’s your most memorable moment or experience in Meatpacking?
Of all the personalities you can think of (whether you know the person or not), whom would you want to grab a drink with?
It would have to be Diane Von Furstenberg – and on her rooftop, of course!
Diane has been a leader and driving force in our district. Not to mention all she has done for the empowerment of women, as well as all of her other philanthropic work. She possesses the leadership and creative qualities we can all aspire to.
What should we know about you outside of work. Hobbies, life, that sort of thing?
I grew up both in New York and Italy, am bi-lingual, and still hold strong ties to Florence, where much of my family still resides. Recently, I was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the New York Academy of Art in Tribeca, which is a graduate school where students are taught traditional methods and techniques and are encouraged to use these skills to make vital contemporary art. When I’m not working you’ll find me biking, playing tennis, spending time with friends at my beach home, or on some crazy adventure travel trip.