Designed by the award-winning architecture firm ODA and spanning from 37th Street to Northern Boulevard/43rd Street between 35th and 36th Avenues, Innovation QNS will expand the adjacent Kaufman Arts District and build on Astoria’s rich cultural fabric including its existing cultural assets like the Museum of Moving Image and Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. The site currently is occupied primarily by large surface parking lots, underutilized industrial/commercial buildings and vacant spaces.

Centered on five blocks at the intersection of Steinway Street and 35th Avenue, the plan includes more than 2,800 units of mixed income housing – over 700 of which will be permanently affordable – as well as 200,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving retail and 250,000 square feet of space for the city’s creative industries and other small businesses. The plan also includes nearly two acres of thoughtfully programmed open space, community health and wellness facilities, an arts and culture hub, a state-of-the-art multiplex cinema, a new full-service grocery store and enhanced streetscapes.

Location: 35-2 36th St, Astoria, NY 11106

Client: Silverstein Properties, Kaufman Astoria Studios and Bedrock Real Estate Partners

Size: 2700000 SF

Team: Eran Chen, Michael Unsicker, Olivera Grk, Pablo Zepeda, Natsumi Oba, Steven Kocher, Jacob Hedaya, Saranya Kanagaraj, Francois Blehaut, Alex Rossetti, Kirat Pandher, Katinka Bosch