Street fair in Astoria will take residents behind the scenes of movie production

Photos by Rene Carson for Museum of the Moving Image

Production crews have long been setting up shoots throughout Queens and the rest of the city, but one event will allow Queens residents to get a closer look at the world of film production.

“New York on Location” is a day-long street fair in Astoria that will allow people to go inside more than 20 working movie trailers and trucks that have recently been used for shooting films. Hosted by the Museum of the Moving Image, Theatrical Teamsters Local 817, I.A.T.S.E. Local 52 and Kaufman Astoria Studios, movie professionals will congregate in Astoria to educate attendees on the ins and outs of their jobs.

On May 22, stunt performers will reenact street fights, high falls and stunt driving, while makeup and hair professionals will set up shop in the trailers and do demos. Professionals will also demonstrate weather effects such as rain and snow.

Attendees will also eat like the crew, as catering  trucks will be parked along the lot to serve up treats. According to a spokesperson for the museum, the food vendors are still being confirmed.

The event will take place on from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kaufman Astoria Studios backlot on 36th Street between 34th and 35th Avenues, the Museum of the Moving Image at 36-01 35 Ave. and surrounding streets.

Admission to the Museum of the Moving Image will also be free all day.


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