Robert De Niro-led film studio wins key support to open in NYC

A agency co-owned by actor Robert De Niro has received key neighborhood support to open a brand new $400 million film studio advanced in Astoria, Queens.

Community Board 1 gave overwhelming approval for Wildflower Studios LTD to open on nineteenth Avenue close to Luyster Creek as a part of the town’s legally required land use evaluation.

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards additionally instructed The Post he backs the De Niro-influenced studio.

“It’s a job producer. It’s a no-brainer,” Richards mentioned.

The new studio is welcomed following the Amazon debacle two years in the past. The e-retail large withdrew its plan to construct an enormous new East Coast headquarters in Long Island City following some political and neighborhood opposition.

Robert De Niro
Community Board 1 was practically unanimous in its approval of De Niro’s studio.
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Community Board 1 voted 35 in favor, with just one member opposed whereas one other abstained.

CB1 Executive Director Florence Koulouris mentioned, “It’s local jobs. The more local jobs for the community, the better.”

Wildflower bought the property at 35-15 nineteenth Avenue from the Steinway Piano firm, which is able to stay subsequent door.

A rendering of the inside of Wildflower Studios
Queens Borough President Donovan Richards instructed The Post he’s additionally in favor of the undertaking.
Bjarke Ingels Group

This is the a hundred and fiftieth yr of Steinway Pianos manufactured on the identical lot and the arrival of Wildflower will present an instance of nineteenth and twentieth century musical leisure sharing house with twenty first century leisure, metropolis sources mentioned.

The seven-story studio advanced will complete 715,000 sq. ft and embrace 11 sound phases, 310 “off-street” parking areas, and a waterfront esplanade open to the general public, in accordance to Wildflower’s environmental impression assertion filed with the City Planning Department

The Astoria-Long Island space is dwelling to two different film studios — Silvercup
and Kaufman.

Rendering of the inside of De Niro's film studio
Richards added that the advanced would add jobs to the world.
Bjarke Ingels Group

Adam Gordon, managing companion of Wildflower Studios mentioned, “We are thrilled to have earned the support of the neighborhood board. In two years Astoria could have a film studio campus creating new long run jobs and rising NYC’s vibrant artistic and cultural neighborhood “

Gordon mentioned “well over” 1,000 jobs might be created.

According to the plan submitted to the town, Wildflower will conduct outreach to the close by NYCHA initiatives — Queensbridge, Astoria Houses, Woodside, and Ravenswood — to create job alternatives for low-income residents.

Rendering depicts Wildflower Studios
Jane Rosenthal is without doubt one of the notable companions in the undertaking.
Bjarke Ingels Group
Rendering of Wildflower Studios
Bjarke Ingels has designed the idea of the village.
Bjarke Ingels Group

Wildflower is also working to create alternate packages for highschool, commerce faculty and school college students in Astoria and higher Western Queens.

The undertaking may also embrace site visitors enhancements to stop automobiles from operating into Luyster Creek.

Partners in Wildflower embrace Gordon, De Niro, Matt Dicker and Jane Rosenthal — who co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival with actor De Niro after the Sept. 11 assaults.

Wildflower, in an announcement on its web site, mentioned a innovative, digital leisure studio advanced is required on the East Coast.

Robert De Niro and Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Robert De Niro seem on the opening ceremony for the 2021 Tribeca Festival.
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“New York’s cultural and artistic depth is a natural fit for the expansive possibilities of digital-era entertainment. However, the city lacks both the permanent, full-scale production facilities built-up over the years in Los Angeles and the sprawling landscape on which to build them,” the agency mentioned.

“Wildflower’s solution: a vertical village for film production. Designed by architect Bjarke Ingels and developed in partnership with lifelong New Yorker Robert De Niro, the multi-level Queens campus will combine the collaborative potential of a Hollywood-style studio with the latest in digital production capability. Wildflower Studios exemplifies Gordon’s approach towards development, evolved over three decades of experience solving real estate puzzles.”

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