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Steinway Piano Factory

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The factory where Steinway & Sons Pianos are made

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Borough : Queens
Neighborhood : Astoria
Industrial, Manufacturing

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The Piano Kings of Queens

The Queens neighborhood of Astoria was founded in 1839 by fur trader Stephen Halsey, and was named after John Jacob Astor, a German-American pioneer in the Pacific Northwest fur trade. Now considered part of Long Island City, Astoria's origins may be associated with the wealthy German pelt salesman, but its heritage has likewise been enriched by the legacy of another entrepreneurial Landsmann, Henry Steinway, the founder of Steinway and Sons Piano company. Steinway opened his Astoria factory in the 1860s, when large Irish, Czech, Italian and German communities populated Long Island City. Henry Steinway Sr. passed away in 1871, but his sons carried his legacy and expanded their market by opening a London showroom and a Hamburg manufactory. As of 2008, Steinway and Sons' Astoria factory annually produces two thousand pianos, including most of the company's signature instruments, which still grace concert stages around the...

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Greater Astoria Historical Society website


Irene Liddle

It was the piano factory for Steinway and Sons.

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