March 26, 2014

Queens to Get its First Arts District in Astoria — Set to Bolster Creative Community and Create Jobs

A new arts district in Queens will promote Astoria to visitors and potential new venues, local elected officials will announce Friday at the Kaufman Astoria Studios.

The 94-year-old film studio, which once set the stage for classic Marx Brothers movies and the Cosby Show, will partner with the Queens Council on the Arts and the Museum of the Moving Image to promote art in the 24-block zone.

“Arts districts are a fantastic way to strengthen a place like Astoria by drawing attention to the depth of artists and arts groups, and by bringing in visitors to celebrate their work,” said Kerry McCarthy of the New York Community Trust, a nonprofit that donates funds to the two existing arts districts on E. 4th St. in Lower Manhattan and in the area surrounding the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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