Venues In Queens
Queens Museum Of Art
By Emilie Schneider
transformation will occur at the Queens Museum
of Art in Flushing, when a new expansion breaks
ground, adding a new lobby, café, and additional
Taking over the half of the building currently
utilized by the World's Fair Skating Rink, the
extra 50,000 square feet will add more storage
rooms for artwork and supplies, a new bookstore
and a new gallery space for large exhibits or
special events. The two halves will unify to create
a new experience for visitors.
|A $48.5-million expansion unit adds 50,000 square feet to the Queens Museum of Art.
are eventually overgrowing our shell," said David
Strauss, director of External Affairs, adding
that the museum is operating at its capacity.
Two entrances on the east and west sides of the
building will welcome visitors into a new lobby,
which the museum currently lacks. Large windows
and skylights will high light art work and the
sun will provide a natural ambiance.
A combination of public and private funds will
pay for the $48.5-million expansion.
Although the expansion has a high price tag, visitors
will not see a rise in ticket prices, as the museum
is committed to the fact that there is voluntary
Five architectural firms were interviewed before
the design presented by the Grimshaw firm was
selected, for its great ideas and appreciation
for the building, said Executive Director Tom
The expansion will break ground within the next
six months and will take about two years to complete.
"This is a once in a generation opportunity,"
Finkelpearl said. "I'm extremely excited and we're
anxious to get the ground breaking underway. It's
going to be a whole different ball game."
Queens Theater In The Park
By Emilie Schneider
to Manhattan can be an expensive venture for theater
goers, but with the newly renovated Queens Theater
in the Park, pricey costs of restaurants and transportation
can be avoided.
The $23 million expansion at the theater includes
an additional 75-seat cabaret performance space
with a restaurant, a new reception area and lobby,
with more restrooms and visitor accessibility
for the 110,000 visitors the theater sees every
|City funds are underwriting Queens Theatre in the Parks Expansion.
intention was to really improve the amenities
for the public," Executive Director Jeff Rosenstock
said. "Our goal was to really make it a destination
and provide amenities that you would get in Manhattan."
The renovations began two years ago, a year behind
schedule, and the theater was open during construction,
making it a very complex and challenging job.
The idea of the expansion is new spaces, new works,
new audiences, as the theater enters a new phase.
"We depend upon you to come multiple times," Rosenstock
said. "We are creating an environment that welcomes
them [visitors] and we really spent this renovation
thinking how can we make this theater better."
Member item grants from the Mayor's and New York
City Council offices are funding the project.
"Our elected officials recognized that we brought
a million visitors to the theater over the years
and had confidence and supported this," Rosenstock
The theater is conducting a preview of the space
this fall, with an official opening in January.
"I think it is bringing a sense of shared community,"
Rosenstock said. "We are giving people a chance
to see each other."
Museum Of The Moving Image
By NOAH C. ZUSS
American Museum of the Moving Image has faced
challenges as a cultural institution, not in
the least of which is it's current expansion
The museum's cultural roots are deep. It is
situated on the site of old Astoria Studio,
at its time one of the largest motion picture
and television production facilities in the
world. Astoria Studios was originally built
as the Paramount corporations East Coast production
facility, completed in 1920.
|The Museum of Moving Image’s expansion will make the old Astoria Studios state-of-the-art.
the museum is expanding operations to more completely
satisfy its growing needs.
The expansion project is expected to cost $65
million with a target date for completion late
When complete, the new museum will feature a
262-seat theater, a 71-seat viewing room, an
education center, expanded gallery space and
a courtyard. The expansion project should nearly
double the current size of the museum.
To renovate and expand the three-decades-old
cultural center which is dedicated to educating
"the public about the art, history, technique,
and technology of film, television, and digital
media and to examine their impact on culture
and society," the museum will close some parts
for over a year.
"With this groundbreaking, the Museum of the
Moving Image is about to enter an exciting new
era of programming and service," said Rochelle
Moving Image does not intend to raise admission
Slovin said. The original 50,000-square-foot
abandoned building was first renovated as a
museum after its founding in 1977 as the American
Museum if the Moving Image.
For more information on the museum or the renovation
project, visit their Web site, MovingImage.us.
Admission prices are: $10 adults, $5 children,
free on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m.
By NOAH C. ZUSS
Studios, housed in a former flour silo room
of the landmark Silvercup Bakery opened in 1983.
The landmark sign can be seen from the shoreline
and above the buildings while riding the train,
driving or walking by the water.
In a short time the studio has embedded itself
into the landscape and has since been the site
of many award-winning movies and television
In its brief history Silvercup has been home
to the HBO smash hit drama The Sopranos, NBC's
comedy 30 Rock and Sex and the City.
|Silvercup studios’ $1-billion project will become part of the Queens skyline.
studio is also home to QVC's all-day shopping
show, and where thousands of commercials have
been taped over the years.
Silvercup has also been the site for several
These include Music and Lyrics starring Hugh
Grant and Drew Barrymore, El Cantante with Jennifer
Lopez and Marc Anthony; and The Devil Wears
Prada, with Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway.
Today it is one of the most sought after studios
in the country. To satisfy the growing demand
the studio will undergo a major expansion to
its current facilities.
In 2006 the studio announced a $1 billion plan
to expand to the Long Island City waterfront.
The three-building project, to be called Silvercup
West, will include eight soundstages, along
with 1,000 apartments, a catering hall, museum,
and office and retail space. The plans also
call for redevelopment of the booming waterfront
of the 6-acre site, which will be transformed
into a public esplanade.
The expansion plan features towers that will
be 49 to 57 stories tall, visible from across
the river. They will become a part of the Queens
skyline, reflections of the borough's cultural
Silvercup hopes that construction will be completed