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Mayor Tries to Make Girlfriend Jealous with Actress Gretchen Mol

By Jill Colvin | March 26, 2012 5:19pm | Updated on March 28, 2012 10:04am
Boardwalk Empire star Gretchen Mol visited Steiner Studios, which has doubled in size.
Boardwalk Empire star Gretchen Mol visited Steiner Studios, which has doubled in size.
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BROOKLYN — Diana Taylor, eat your heart out.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent Monday morning hobnobbing with blond bombshell Gretchen Mol in a not-so-subtle bid to make his longtime girlfriend jealous as the pair promoted the expansion of Steiner Studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

“Gretchen, come right up here. This will make my girlfriend annoyed,” joked the mayor, gesturing for the "Boardwalk Empire" star, who was wearing a navy blue pencil skirt and matching blouse, to stand beside him.

“Your job is to make my girlfriend jealous."

Bloomberg, who was participating in a ribbon-cutting inside one of five new studio spaces, has recently made public appearances with "Gossip Girl" stunners Blake Lively and Kaylee DeFer and locked lips with Lady Gaga on New Year’s Eve. He was also flirty with fashion maven Diane Von Furstenberg at an appearance last month.

But the mayor's bid to stir the pot with his live-in belle has fallen flat.

“She’s gotten so blasé,” Hizzoner joked of Taylor, who herself shared a smooch with Lady Gaga on New Year's Eve.

Steiner Studios, which opened in 2004, has served as home to a number of major productions including "Boardwalk," the "Sex and the City" movie, "Enchanted" and "Spiderman 3."

It recently underwent a major expansion, doubling its studio space with five new sound stages and getting 45,000 square feet of new space for television, film and commercial production.

Bloomberg credited local studios like Steiner for helping New York give Hollywood a run for its money, with nearly 190 movies and 140 television series shot in the city in 2011.

Mol said that, in addition to being closer to her home in the city, she prefers filming in New York because it feels more believable than actor-filled L.A.

"The extras in New York look like real people,” she said. “You look around any room that you’re in, and here you are trying to pretend something.  And here it’s so much easier because you just look around and it feels like you’re not pretending. It’s real."

Officials also announced a new $500,000 grant Monday to help train employees in the media industry in new technology.

They also unveiled plans to develop a new 'Made in NY' digital media center where those who work in the traditional and new media industries will be able to work together and collaborate.