Queens Getting First Official Arts District in Astoria

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on March 27, 2014 10:48am 

 A new outdoor studio, which opened in Astoria last year, is marked by a massive gated entrance on 35th Street, complete with a working catwalk that extends 40 feet above street level.
A new outdoor studio, which opened in Astoria last year, is marked by a massive gated entrance on 35th Street, complete with a working catwalk that extends 40 feet above street level.
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QUEENS — A section of Astoria, known for its numerous cultural venues and the famed Kaufman Astoria Studios, will be named a new arts district on Friday — the first such district in the borough — according to published reports.

The Kaufman Arts District will stretch from Steinway Street to 31st Street and from 34th Avenue to 37th Avenue, according to The New York Times.

The district will be named after the Kaufman Astoria Studios, a historic movie studio, where films like "Goodfellas" and "Hair" were made. Last year, the studio opened the first and only outdoor working stage in the city.

Numerous arts institutions are also located nearby, including the Museum of the Moving Image, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and the Queens Council on the Arts.

The district, created through the City Council, will be similar to the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District, which receives funds from the city to promote arts initiatives, the Times wrote.

The institutions will organize events promoting the neighborhood as an arts destination.

The paper also reported that the new arts district will receive street signs indicating its status.

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