The Vision

Today, the southern end of Steinway Street is dominated by parking lots, underutilized industrial and commercial buildings, and vacant spaces.

Three years of dialogue with neighborhood civic leaders, cultural institutions, small businesses, non-profits and residents has resulted in a vision for an inclusive, neighborhood-focused, mixed-use creative district that builds on Astoria's rich cultural fabric and will deliver meaningful economic opportunity at a critical time.

Innovation QNS will soon reactivate this long-dormant corner of Astoria as a bustling hub of activity by expanding the neighboring Kaufman Arts District and building on existing cultural assets like the Museum of the Moving Image and the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts with:

  • Two acres of open space, an arts and culture hub, enhanced streetscapes and a potential grammar school site;
  • 200,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving shops, restaurants and entertainment that complement existing small businesses;
  • Health and wellness facilities tailored to meet the needs of area residents;
  • 2,700 mixed-income apartments, including some 700 permanently affordable and senior apartments; and
  • 250,000 square feet of space for small businesses, startups and nonprofits in the creative industries.