From the Queens Chronicle:
After touring Astoria’s historic Steinway Mansion on Friday, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) was inspired to write letters to city officials and preservationists asking that they purchase the building for use as a museum, park or community facility.
“It would be a great loss to the city to let this property slip away,” Vallone said in a statement. “Rarely do we get opportunities like this to open up historical treasures to the community.”
In an attempt to secure the building for the city, Vallone has written to Mayor Mike Bloomberg, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Trust for Public Land and the Historic House Trust of New York City for assistance.