March 31, 2014

Astoria Gets it Own Official Arts District, the First of its Kind in Queens

A small section of Astoria—known for its cultural venues and the Kaufman Astoria Studios–was officially designated as an “arts district” on Friday.

The district, the first of its type in Queens, is comprised of the Kaufman Astoria Studios, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Queens Council on the Arts.

Officially called the Kaufman Arts District, it is bound by 31st Street to the west, 34th Ave to the north, Steinway Street to the east and 37th Ave to the south.

Several elected leaders and members of the various cultural organizations gathered Friday for a ceremony at Kaufman Astoria Studios to mark the occasion.

“This day is decades in the making,” said Van Bramer, who grew up in Astoria. “This part of Astoria is so special and unique.”

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