Steinway pianos and New York have a long history. New Steinway pianos are built in Astoria, Queens, a borough of New York City, and many restored and used Steinway pianos remain in concert halls, schools and private homes throughout the city. The Steinway Pianos built in New York are shipped throughout North and South America while the pianos produced in the Hamburg, Germany factory are Steinway pianos shipped worldwide.
Steinway & Sons was founded in New York City in 1853 by Henry Engelhard Steinway, a German immigrant. Prior to establishing Steinway & Sons, Henry had already built 482 pianos, but the first piano produced by the company, number 483, was sold to a New York family for $500. The Steinway 483 can currently be seen at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. By 1891, Steinway had moved to its current location in Astoria, Queens, New York, to an area commonly known as Steinway Village. Previously, Steinway was based on 14th Street which became the home of the New York Philharmonic until they moved to Carnegie Hall. All of the major cultural institutions in New York from Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center have several Steinway models for the performing musicians. Many of the most important musical schools in New York use and own Steinway pianos including the prestigious Juilliard School.
Steinway Pianos and New York have a unique history and collaboration. The factory itself functions as a beta test site for solar technology in the Tri-State Region. The air conditioning and dehumidifying unit on top of the factory is solar powered and keeps the construction environment for the pianos at a consistent temperature and humidity. either of which can effect the build and performance of a Steinway. The same environmental precautions must be taken when you own a Steinway and even then the need for a Steinway piano restoration can arise.