BY TRISHA SAKHUJA
On Friday, western Queens officials and community members gathered outside of Kaufman Astoria Studios to announce the Borough’s newest designation as an arts district.
In addition to the 94-year-old film studio that recently expanded as the sole outdoor lot for productions in the City, the arts district also includes the only museum dedicated to the art and history of television, film and digital media; and a nonprofit organization that supports and develops artists and art organizations.
The Kaufman Arts District, which will run from Steinway Street to 31st Street and from 34th Avenue to 37th Avenue, is comprised of Kaufman Astoria Studios, the Museum of Moving Image and the Queens Council on the Arts.
The mission of the arts district is to advance and promote the area as a world-class vibrant cultural destination and a home for creative industries.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) presented the proclamation on behalf of the City to the founding partners and elected officials.
“This corner of Queens has quickly become a vibrant community of cultural venues and arts organizations that have attracted some of our generation’s greatest artists,” he said. “Today we solidify the Kaufman Arts District as one of New York City’s premiere destinations for arts and culture.”
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) said together, the founding partners will work collaboratively to attract more art-related projects, organizations and professionals to this community.
“I am thrilled by the creation of the Kaufman Arts District, which recognizes the importance of arts in Western Queens,” she said.
State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) reminisced about how desolate this 24-block zone once was, but now, he said “western Queens has blossomed side by side into a Citywide landmark.”
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