Steinway And Sons Goes Green

Staff Writer

Steinway and Sons, the famous piano maker that has called Astoria home since 1870, is getting a green makeover for its 53, 000-square-foot parking lot.

The parking lot will see a makeover because its non-porous concrete surface produces massive amounts of runoff during storms.

With the support of the City Parks Foundation through the North Star Fund’s Greening Western Queens Fund, an initiative to invest in energy-efficiency and environmental efforts, the New York Restoration Project will turn the flood plain into a storm resilient space by installing a storm water capture system and plantings that will help absorb approximately 404,000 gallons of water annually.

The hundreds of gallons of water being collected will significantly reduce flooding.

“Major storms like Hurricane Sandy are making NYC property owners rethink infrastructure to reduce runoff,” Amy Freitag, executive director of NYRP, said.

The parking lot will be transformed with cost-effective infrastructure that both beautifies and fortifies. Some of the features include up to  40 shade trees, 1,000 plants, an irrigation system that feeds the new plans with collected storm water and 340-feet of bio-swales, which are streets trees paired with plants and low curbs to absorb and filter rainfall along the perimeter of the lot.

The parking lot will serve as a model for other lots looking to become beautiful and environmentally responsible.
“We hope other parking lots and hardscape spaces in Queens and beyond can learn from our project,” Freitag said. “It is an exceptional model of cost-effective green design that manages storm water while making the neighborhood cooler, cleaner and more beautiful.”

Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128,, or @Tsakhuja13.