Kaufman Astoria Studios’ 100,000 Square Foot Expansion Revealed, Queens

34-11 36th Street, rendering courtesy the JRT Realty Group34-11 36th Street, rendering by Volley Studios

Kaufman Astoria Studios first opened in 1921, and has long been a centerpiece of New York City’s media industry. The Astoria-based complex is no longer relying on its historical footprint, having recently become the first studio in the Five Boroughs to gain a backlot for filming. A backlot is a space containing permanent exterior sets. The latest addition to the campus will be a newly built four-story office building at 34-11 36th Street, Queens, that will include two new stages, which YIMBY can now reveal. The studio’s Astoria on Stage LLC is behind the applications.

The 84-foot tall structure will yield over 100,000 square feet within, including 68,000 square feet of office space. The building will feature 14-foot high ceilings, seven balconies, and wraparound windows. 138 parking spaces will be included on site.

As of now, the studio’s footprint covers over 500,000 square feet, housing nine stages, a lighting and grip company, music recording space, and a full-service restaurant. Business for the studio has been improving since tax incentives from the state in 2004 stimulated film and TV production.

3571 34th Avenue

3571 34th Avenue, image via Google Maps

Gluck + Architecture will be responsible for the design.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the development occurred in February of 2017. An estimated completion date has not been announced.

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3 Comments on "Kaufman Astoria Studios’ 100,000 Square Foot Expansion Revealed, Queens"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: Have a look at this.

  2. That Google Maps street view is incorrect. The project is located at the intersection of 34th Avenue and 36th Street; you’re showing 34th Street and 36th Avenue. Such is the numbered confusion of Astoria!

    Here’s a link to the correct intersection: https://goo.gl/maps/UR2Yzw8J2VE2

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