In 1895, 165 artist studios were completed above Carnegie Hall in New York City. Mark Twain and Paddy Chayefsky wrote there, Enrico Caruso recorded there, Isadora Duncan danced there, Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe rehearsed there. Josef "Birdman" Astor's documentary began as a loving chronicle of the place, its history and the artists still living there. But when the landlord served everyone with eviction notices to convert their studios to offices, Astor documented the tenants' fight to stay in their long-term homes. His film chronicles their battle to save the apartments and their rich heritage.