July 2, 2020

Innovation QNS

Astoria is ready for its close-up, thanks to a partnership between Kaufman Astoria Studios, Silverstein, and BedRock to expand the Kaufman Arts District and grow the neighborhood’s culture hub into a center of business, cultural, educational, social, and housing innovation.


Dubbed “Innovation QNS,” the neighborhood-focused development is being created and directed with the input of area stakeholders that began more than two years ago. It brings together Astoria’s civic leaders, cultural institutions, small businesses, non-profits, and residents on a scale rarely seen to identify the community’s most urgent needs and help shape, build, and activate a far-reaching endeavor — one that will have a profoundly positive impact for residents and small businesses alike, especially during these difficult times.

Centered on five blocks at the intersection of Steinway Street and 35th Avenue, the plan includes 2,700 units of mixed-income housing – some 700 of which will be permanently affordable – as well as 200,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving businesses. The businesses include shops, restaurants and entertainment, and 250,000 square feet of space for the city’s creative industries and other small businesses. The plan also includes nearly two acres of thoughtfully programmed open space, a new grammar school with seats for 600 students, community health and wellness facilities, an arts and culture hub, dedicated senior housing, a state-of-the-art multiplex cinema, a new full-service grocery store, and enhanced streetscapes.


For more information visit: innovationqns.com.

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