The Astoria community welcomed its beloved Steinway Street Clock — which spent the summer and much of the fall undergoing repairs in Massachussetts — back home with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday.
Astoria Homecoming For Steinway Street Clock
One of the several clocks throughout New York City designed by Howard Post, the Steinway Clock was iron-cast 100 years ago and installed at 30-78 Steinway St. in 1922.
Although landmarked in 1981, the clock fell into disrepair in the ensuing decades and it took several years to secure the funding necessary to fix it.
The Steinway Street Clock is one of seven Post clocks landmarked citywide, including two in Queens, according to Bernardin. The borough’s other historic clock stands at 161-11 Jamaica Ave. in Jamaica.
When asked to elaborate on the historical significance of the clocks, Bernardin provided a quote from the Landmarks Preservation Commission Designation Report from August, 1981: “These clocks enhance and maintain the intimacy and scale of neighborhood blocks ... they represent a small extant sample of a clock type that once proliferated in New York and other American cities at the turn of the century ... as important and increasingly rare street amenities they make a very special and significant contribution to New York’s streetscape.”
They also don't hinder development. See also: Maspeth's landmarked lamppost, the sole landmark in Queens' oldest town (which was only designated because it's on a step street and DOT forgot to remove it).
Photo from Queens Chronicle