A former banana warehouse in Yonkers is being converted into the town's first motion picture production studio. 

Cinematographer Steven Romano, who has worked on projects with the likes of Chris Rock, Michael Biehn, and Beyoncé, has purchased the 10,000-square-foot property and plans to use it for TV and film production and to make television commercials. Romano calls the city "an ideal place for film and television production."

New York has seen a surge in film production in recent months thanks to new tax laws that were passed by the state. Lots of movies have been shooting in the Hudson Valley, and now thanks to Romano, it looks like we'll be seeing even more.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano seems thrilled about the idea as well, saying it will be a catalyst for the city's economic growth. For local movie fans (and perhaps even those who are looking for employment in the industry), this is an incredibly exciting development, and I'm eager to see what gets made in Romano's new studio.