Steinway has long been an important surname in Queens. The world-renowned piano-making family is recognized in the borough with Astoria’s Steinway Street, along with a train stop in their honor.
Now, covetous high-rollers can nab the Steinway Mansion; and those with shallower pockets can try for a spot in the Pistilli Grand Manor (formerly the Steinway & Sons piano plant), which has been converted into a residential building with plenty of condos for sale.
The family’s regal 25-room pre-Civil War Victorian home, tucked away in Astoria, is on the market for $2.5 million.
Once resting on 440 acres, the property now stands on one acre. Inside, it’s pure drama. Past etched glass doors is a sky-lit dome and an enormous 1,000-pound chandelier, Baroque columns, 30-foot coffered ceilings and a central, spiral stairwell.
The top-floor tower of the mansion offers cinematic city views. Then, down in the basement, there’s a full English bar and pub, a billiard room, sauna and Jacuzzi.
Meanwhile, the old Steinway & Sons plant is also habitable. Now named Pistilli Grand Manor, it was used for many decades as Henry Steinway’s piano factory and was also utilized during World War II for making gliders. Units are listed at roughly $500,000 for 1,000 square feet and come with vaulted ceilings and huge picture windows.
– Shira Levine is a freelance writer living in New York City.
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