(NEW YORK, NY)— A new $400 million project is hitting the streets of Astoria Queens. Wildflower has teamed up with Robert De Niro, real estate broker Raphael De Niro and Jane Rosenthal to create the new Wildflower Studios.
The new 650,000-square-foot facility is to be designed by Scandinavian architect du jour Bjarke Ingels, which will contain studios for film and television, as well as space for the creation of augmented and virtual reality. Ingels stated, “It has been incredible to work with such an iconic cast of collaborators from all aspects of visual media to imagine the future of film production in New York City.”
“Due to the unique space conditions of working on an urban site, we were challenged by Wildflower to distill all the physical, logistical, technical and experiential aspects of film production into a one of a kind vertical village for film.” Ingels later stated.
The face of the building will sport large bay openings whereas the inside will contain stages, production support areas, lounges and offices which will serve for open or private use. The facility sits alongside Steinway Creek in Queens, once home to a Steinway and Sons piano facility.
This new facility which sits at 87 19th Avenue is said to create more than 1,000 daily union jobs.
“This studio is a testament to the strength and future of the New York Film and television production industry,” stated Robert De Niro. “Completion of this project ensures that future generations of producers, directors, writers, and storytellers will play a vital role in filmed entertainment in New York for years to come.”