Jan. 12, 2021 By Christina Santucci
The site of the famed Astoria catering hall Riccardo’s by the Bridge has been sold for $6.4 million, according to Alexander Pereira, a real estate broker with Douglas Elliman.
The deal closed on Dec. 30, Pereira said, less than three months since the banquet hall shut down.
“It was probably one of the fastest land deals I have ever done–30 days,” Pereira, who brokered the deal, said.
The name of the buyer of the property, located at 21-01 24th Avenue, has not yet been announced. Public records of the transaction are not yet available.
However, the new owner also purchased a much smaller adjacent site at 23-91 21st Street, which had previously been used as the kitchen for Riccardo’s.
The buyer hopes to develop both parcels as a residential and retail development, Pereira said. The 24th Avenue lot is approximately 13,000 square feet, while the smaller 21st Street property is about 2,600 square feet.
“The location is incredible. The development will have views of the bridge. Obviously, it’s very close to the waterfront and Astoria Park,” Pereira said.
A listing on Douglas Elliman’s site advertised the 21-01 24th Ave. property as having nearly 26,000 buildable square feet and “ripe for condo or rental development.”
“It was an incredible experience working on this particular property,” Pereira said. “Obviously it’s a historic site with a lot of history.”
In September, Anthony Corbisiero, president of Riccardo’s by the Bridge, posted a note on the catering hall’s website and social media announcing the hall’s closure.
Founded by Richard Corbisiero, Sr., in 1951, Riccardo’s had been a fixture in the neighborhood for decades and family-owned throughout its nearly 70-year run.
Legendary crooner Tony Bennett once worked as a singing waiter at Riccardo’s, according to its site.
“This decision [to close] has been extremely difficult to make, and is solely due to the various impacts of the COVID pandemic; if it were up to us we would cater your special events forever,” Anthony Corbisiero wrote in his note, entitled “Thanks for the Memories.”
Unfortunately, whoever bought this property has basically neglected it for the last year, turning it into a rat infested eyesore, with a crumbling front that is probably spreading with black mold.
They should be forced to take their millions and clean it up.
Gee, just what the most crowded residential borough in NYC needs. Yes sarcasm.
I arrived an immigrant in January 1952. It was always exciting for youngsters to spot the brides on their way to their receptions. It was a beautiful venue and a jewel in the neighborhood.
Sorry to see Riccardo’s go. I wish it’s owner and it’s staff good luck, good fortune and good health!
So Very Sad what Is Happening to Our Lovely Astoria. I Have seen so many changes in my 75 years living here. Recardo’s is a place I have spent so many Parties and Wedding Events in the past and will always be a fond memory when I drive or walk by. Sadly COVID has affected us all and drastically changed our lives.