You are reading

Robert De Niro’s Wildflower Studios Gets DOB Approval to Start Construction in Astoria

Rendering of Wildflower Studios (Courtesy of Wildflower LTD/ Bjarke Ingels Group)

Feb. 10, 2022 By Allie Griffin

Robert de Niro’s $600 million movie studio will soon take shape on the Astoria waterfront.

Wildflower LTD — backed by the actor, his son Raphael De Niro and producer Jane Rosenthal — has received permits from the city’s buildings department to begin construction on a seven-story film production studio at 35-15 19th Ave.

The company can now break ground on its planned 775,000-square-foot complex that will be built between the Steinway & Sons Piano Factory and Luyster Creek, a short inlet branching off the East River at the top of Astoria. The developers purchased the five-acre lot from the Steinway Piano company for about $72 million in 2019.

The state-of-the-art building, named Wildflower Studios, will include 11 sound stages in addition to carpentry shops, dressing rooms, lounges and office spaces. It will also include a parking lot for 310 vehicles and a publicly accessible waterfront esplanade that will go along Luyster Creek (also known as Steinway Creek).

The Wildflower team has offered to work with the community to create a plan to improve the blighted area where 19th Avenue abuts Luyster Creek.

Rendering of the public waterfront area outside Wildflower Studios (Courtesy of Wildflower LTD/ Bjarke Ingels Group)

Wildflower LTD described its project — designed by world-renowned architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group — as “a vertical village for film production” and a way to bring the movie-making industry to the east coast.

The project required zoning authorization given its scale, as well as permits from multiple agencies. The site at one pointed contained a number of manufacturing and warehouse buildings that were part of the Steinway Piano Factory.

The project received the support of both Queens Community Board 1 and the Queens Borough president as well as the approval of the City Planning Commission.

Wildflower Studios is expected to open in late 2023 and bring more than 1,000 permanent union jobs once it is up and running, according to the company.

It will join two other high-profile studios in Queens, namely Astoria Kaufman Studios and Silvercup in Long Island City.

The studios are being built at 35-15 19th Ave. by Luyster Creek (Gmaps)

email the author: [email protected]

2 Comments

Click for Comments 

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Long Island City teen sentenced in fatal shooting of ‘beloved’ school teacher at Queensbridge Houses in 2020: DA

A Long Island City man on Friday, Jan. 28, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the 2020 fatal shooting of a public school social studies teacher who was out walking his dog when he was caught in the crossfire during a confrontation between gang rivals in broad daylight, just blocks from his home, according to Queens District Attorney’s office.

Ike Ford, 19, of 12th Street, in Long Island City, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder. The teacher, George Rosa, 53, was shot in his abdomen by a stray bullet fired by Ford, who was just 17 years old at the time of the shooting but was sentenced as an adult given the severity of the crime, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

LaGuardia Community College receives federal funding to expand vocational training for the unemployed

LaGuardia Community College recently received more than $400,000 in federal funding to enhance and expand vocational training for underemployed New Yorkers in a city that is still working to recover from COVID-19 pandemic-induced job loss. The support was secured by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and former Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.

LaGuardia Community College President Kenneth Adams explained that the school lost nearly a quarter of its students at the height of the pandemic due to the economic effects of the lockdown on low-income Queens households.

BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.