News Power Station recording studio in Hell's Kitchen saved from closure by city agencies Power Station Studios in Hell's Kitchen -- where the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and David Bowie have recorded -- is slated to reopen in 2019 under the management of Berklee College of Music. Photo Credit: Michael Flanagan / NCP By Ivan Pereira email@example.com @IvanPer4 Updated September 5, 2017 5:41 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email An iconic recording studio in Manhattan that was on the verge of extinction got a jolt of power from the city Tuesday. The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the city’s Economic Development Corporation said Avatar Studios will reopen with its original name, Power Station Studios, under the ownership of Boston-based Berklee College of Music. The 33,000-square-foot studio on West 53rd Street in Hell's Kitchen, which was used by artists including Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Lady Gaga, David Bowie and Madonna as well as the cast of “Hamilton,” will be fully renovated and also used for free and tuition-based educational programs, performances and resources, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Renovating this amazing, historic music venue is a powerful nod to New York City as a continuing center for innovative art, culture, and creativity,” he said. Tony Bongiovi created and opened the studio in 1977, and named it in honor of its former tenants Con Edison. Hits “Born to Run” and “Like a Virgin" are among those recorded there. Berklee has pledged an investment of $19 million, according to the city, while MOME and EDC will invest $6 million for the educational programs at the studio, which will be renamed Power Station at BerkleeNYC. “The Power Station is one of the world’s most iconic recording studios. Preserving it honors New York City’s music scene and all the great artists who have recorded there,” said Berklee trustee Pete Muller, who is spearheading the project. Construction is planned to begin by the end of the year, and the renovated space is slated to reopen 12-18 months later, according to the city. By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.