In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Robert De Niro helped start the Tribeca Film Festival to help revive both the city and film industry of New York.
As the festival enters its twelfth year, the New York film industry has grown dramatically.
The number of New Yorkers who earn a living in the film and television industry has grown by 30 percent in the last decade.
More relaxed filming permits mean film and television shoots have added $7bn annually into the local economy.
Al Jazeera's Kristen Saloomey reports from New York City.