ASTORIA — The movie-making scene in Queens is getting bigger.
Kaufman Astoria Studios, an historic film studio that's at the heart of the city's new recently-named arts district, is planning to expand with the construction of a new 18,000-square-foot sound stage
The new space will be called Stage N and will be built within the next two years, making it the eighth stage at the Kaufman Astoria campus, on 35th Avenue and 36th Street, as first reported by the Commericial Observer .
The campus is also home to a recording studio that can double as a stage, as well as an outdoor film lot — the city's first — which opened in December.
"Film and television production in New York City has never been stronger," president Hal Rosenbluth said in a statement.
"With Stage N, Kaufman Astoria Studios will be able to accommodate even more projects and continue to make New York the film and television capital of the world."
Built in 1920 and once home to Paramount Pictures, Kaufman Astoria Studios is the the backdrop to hit television shows like "Orange is the New Black," "Nurse Jackie," and "Sesame Street."
Films recently shot at the studio include "Men in Black 3," and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."
Last month, the city designated the area around the studio — from Steinway Street to 31st Street and from 34th Avenue to 37th Avenue — the Kaufman Arts District, in recognition of the film studio as well as the growing number of cultural institutions that have emerged near it.