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Robert De Niro to Buy Astoria Lot With Plans for Film Studio: Report

87 19th Ave. (Google Maps)

June 11, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

Actor Robert De Niro and a developer are reportedly buying a 5.3 acre lot in Astoria and planning to build a film studio.

The site, located near the Steinway Creek at 87 19th Ave., is under contract for $73 million from piano manufacturer Steinway, according to a report from Commercial Observer

Buyers of the lot include De Niro, his son Raphael De Niro, development firm Wildflower and film producer Jane Rosenthal.

The group plans to turn the site into a 500,000 square foot film studio, according to the Commercial Observer, including a pre and post production studio with a parking facility.

The whole project comes at a total cost of $425 million.

The deal is expected to close by the end of 2019.

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29 Comments

Anonymous Z

Wake up and get your head out of a cloud. You move into Queens or Brooklyn and say it’s great but yet you have 4-5 roommates. If this deal goes through it will be like a mini Soho in Astoria. Rents are already too high and parking is a nightmare. Yeah, Great they will produce more more jobs & a parking garage at whose expense, mom & pops who worked there buts off now to be told your done with underhanded deals to push them out. Really! Just how much are you willing to pay for rent and for parking when it should be free. Right🙁 your probably a bicyclist. Why is this building not considered a landmark? It has been there since before WWII. When Steinway Piano was slow they use to build Coffins and Glider parts for the Military and USO’s. Right! It’s probably not 100 years old. You may also want to consider that warehouses and industrial areas serve a purpose. They provide a service. Keep in mind, the many items you buy on a daily or a weekly basis become a lot more expensive because they get pushed out and now have to travel from out of state to deliver our products. All for progress but choose wisely

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Frank D'amico

I am so glad i move out of that way overpriced hell hole.
Moved 20 minutes outside Pittsburgh got a house for 40000.00 on 2 acres.
No alternate side parking, no congestion,cheaper car insurance,no crime and I have everything needed to live GREAT…but enjoy your subway.

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Ronny

Yes it will bring more noise, people and traffic and more development will follow. But that area is a dump. I would rather have a studio than a homeless shelter.

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Nicole

I hope this will be the start of many new developments in that area. Was always hoping for a Costco or Walmart around here.

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BernNYC

Is this the Steinway Piano factory location? I have friends who work there. Is Steinway closing it’s doors?

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Retsina man

Steinway is selling off extra land currently used for wood storage No change in their operations

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A.Pack

Please give the exact address and the cross streets for this proposed site. Thank you.

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PG

I for one think it’s fantastic! I live a few blocks away, and I will
definitely apply for a job. As for those stating that the area is a dump…you are way off base! That specific area has the same people living there since I was born there. Aside from the immigrants that come in and opened up businesses that weren’t there before, it’s the same Italian Greek neighborhood…and Robert Deniro and his studio will fit right in.

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rs

Yes Anne, Robert DeNiro is exactly the same as the most valuable company on the planet. Your comment makes absolutely no sense.

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Anne

Just don’t let Alexandra Ocasio Cortez know about this or she’ll stop the build too like she did with Amazon HQ, fearing too many jobs being created for Queens, and not for her Bronx neighborhood.

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stan chaz

At least Robert DeNiro pays HIS taxes, unlike Amazon,
and tries to make this country and city a better place.
AOC worked to stop an undemocratic backroom deal that gave away corporate welfare to the richest man in America, and his small-business busting behemoth corporation that should be broken up.
More power to AOC.

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Ast

Do you really think that “welfare” wouldn’t pay off in like 2 years just from employee taxes over at Amazon HQ?? I like Amazon not coming to Astoria for different reasons, but financial gain would definitely work in favor of NYC and Queens.

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Did AOC ever say that?

>fearing too many jobs being created for Queens, and not for her Bronx neighborhood

So you’re just blindly speculating right? No facts at all?

Until you present ANY reason to believe that, we’ll just assume you’re completely wrong.

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Manny

At least it will include a parking facility. And maybe bring some jobs to the community.

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Tammy

The Ditmars area is quickly going down the tubes for those looking for a quiet, clean, family friendly neighborhood.

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Jon

Being a ditmars resident with a family, I’d like to go ahead and disagree with you

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Jon

Seriously ? That area is a dump . You want a dump over a movie studio ? That’s what you would choose ?

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YIMBY

dude that area of Ditmars is stagnant – literally there’s a waste water ejection point one block west that you can smell from this photo’s location. nothing going on in this area for families, silly NIMBY.

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Pete

Look up the address. I think a 500,000 square foot film studio, with jobs, is better than that polluted whatever-it-is, that is there now.

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Melissa

Or an expensive residential building which will make our rents go up and crowd our streets

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DB

I was unaware that a film studio wasn’t family friendly. Someone should tell that to Astoria Kaufman, you know, the place where Sesame Street is filmed.

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Heidi

Try finding affordable rent around Kaufman and go speak to all the mostly poor folks, minorities and older people that were kicked out.

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