June 25, 2012 7:48am PT by Jordan Zakarin
NYC Mayor Bloomberg Lavishes Praise on Lena Dunham, 'Girls'
From Greenpoint to Gracie Mansion?
The breakout hit HBO show Girls features young Brooklynites grasping for a sense of purpose and place in the big city, but unlike her characters, Lena Dunham is not wanting for recognition in her hometown. After a season of critical praise, criticism and notoriety, her comedy has reached the highest levels of city hall.
“We love the show for inspiring people to move to New York City and become the ‘voice of a generation,’ as Hannah would say,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a three-term independent, told the New York Post; Hannah, of course, refers to Dunham's memoir-writing, lost soul character Hannah Horvath, who tells her parents -- in an opium tea haze -- that she has designs on writing a book of major import.
Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson added that, "Mayor Bloomberg is well aware that the next [girl] like Hannah wants to come and move to New York and live in Greenpoint," and that members of the administration would love to cameo on the show -- if they're asked.
Bloomberg has made increasing television and film production in the city a top priority; in March, he helped open five new soundstages at Brooklyn's Steiner Studios, and has touted a report that estimated that $60 billion has been spent in the city by the film and television industries over the last decade.
He also provided The Hollywood Reporter with his top ten reasons to shoot TV and film in New York.