Astoria is a popular neighborhood in northwest Queens that has kept its longtime residents happy while attracting many new ones. It's convenient to Manhattan, has an urban atmosphere but with more space and greenery than other parts of the city, and features affordable, but appreciating, real estate prices. Eating and cultural options have grown over the years, earning Astoria’s reputation as one of Queen’s true gems. Once known only as a hub of Greek life, Astoria is home to immigrants from around the world and young people who have fled pricey Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Astoria’s original name was Hallet’s Cove, after William Hallet, the first man to own land in the area in 1659. Later, it was renamed to Astoria in an attempt to persuade America’s richest man, John Jacob Astor, to invest in the neighborhood, a plan which backfired when he only gave $500, but the name stuck.

Astoria's main shopping areas are 30th Avenue, Steinway, Ditmars, and Broadway. 30th Avenue and Ditmars are Greek and Cypriot areas. Meanwhile, Broadway has more Latin American flavor, and Steinway, just south of Astoria Blvd is a Little Egypt with lots of Middle Eastern cafes, markets, and shops.

The southern reaches of the neighborhood have swiftly changed since the late 1990s. Once barren, industrial streets are now home to restaurants and cafes.

As far as boundaries, there's no doubt that Astoria's western border is the East River, but go inland and all bets are off. Real estate brokers like to draw the southern border just north of Queens Plaza, though the Post Office marks it along Broadway and 31st Avenue. North/northeast is the Con Ed plant and the East River again. North of 24th Avenue and west of Steinway Street is known as Ditmars. Or go east and it's Steinway, another subneighborhood. The eastern border with Woodside is 50th Street.

Green Spaces, Landmarks, and Museums: Astoria Park (19th St between Ditmars and Hoyt) is on the East River with superb Manhattan views and a great huge pool, where the Unite States Olympic trials occurred in 1936 and 1964. ARROW Park (35-38 35th St) is a community garden. Athens Square Park (30th Ave and 30th St) is a hot spot. Other cool places include the Kaufman Astoria Studios' Museum of the Moving Image, Socrates Sculpture Park, Isamu Noguchi Museum, The Hell Gate Bridge, The New York Connecting Railroad, Bohemian Hall, NYC’s oldest beer garden, the Quinn Memorial Building, which houses the Greater Astoria Historical Society, and St. Michael’s Cemetery, where pianist and composer Scott Joplin is buried.

Area hotels include the Fairfield Inn and the Franklin NYC. Restaurants include Jackson Hole, Piccola Venezia, Last Stop Restaurant Café, Taverna Kyclades, Ponticello Ristorante, Trattoria L’incontro, Brick Café, Cavo, Kumo Japanese Restaurant, Angelo & Sons Bakery, Agnati Restaurant, Ayza Chocolate Bar, and Mom Bar Egyptian Restaurant. Bars include Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, Rapture Lounge, Albatross Bar, Irish Rover, McCanns Pub and Grill, Bar 36, Flemings Pub, Uncle George’s, Broadway Sports Bar, and Jimbo’s Sports Bar. Some of the hottest clubs are Zodiac, Club DNA, Eternity Lounge, Club 21, Waltz Astoria, Pirata Bar and Lounge, Shadow, Studio 34, Lattitude, Moomialounge, and Catra.

Annual festivals that attract thousands include the Astoria Chicken Festival, the New York City Musical Saw Festival, and the Queens International Film Festival.

There are a large number of public schools in Astoria, including private schools such as El-Ber Islamic School, Immaculate Conception School, Les Enfants Montessori School, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, Queens Lutheran School, and St. Francis of Assisi School.

Astoria Transportation: Astoria is a 20-minute commute on the N or W subways to midtown Manhattan. The subway runs above ground along 31st Street.

Buses 18, 19, 19A, 101, 102, 103, and 104 criss-cross Astoria.

The Grand Central Parkway cuts through Astoria on its way to the Triborough Bridge.

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Second floor 3 bed 2 bath unit in a brick 3 family home with 2 balconies.$2,800
No broker fee and one month free.$2,269
Very spacious 1 Bedroom apartment LOFT, 1000sq ft with 2 Bathrooms in Astoria 2300Huge 1 bedroom in the basement of a two family house.$2,300
NO BROKER FEE Queen size 1 bedroom apt.$2,250
2400 for two people. 2500 for three people.$2,400
Welcome To The Astoria Waterfront.$2,950
Modern renovated 3 Bedroom 1.$2,567
NO FEE Fully renovated two bedroom, one bathroom apartment with windows in every room.$2,250
Humongous renovated 2 bed Flex 3 bed apartment with an open kitchen and an extra room that's perfect for a third bedroom, home office, or game room.$2,399
Great 3 Bedroom apartment with balcony in the heart of Astoria 28753 Spacious winged bedrooms on the top floor in a 3 family houseSunny living room Brand new open kitchen ...$2,875
Beautiful 2 Bedroom apartment in Astoria 22002 Bedroom apartment on the 3rd floor of a 3 story building.$2,200
The penelope is located in the heart of astoria.$2,699
Beautiful top floor 1 bed 1 bath apartment in an Astoria Multifamily home.$2,300
Newly renovated 3 bedroom apartment with pre war details.$2,500
A Superb oversized one bedroom with approximately 670 Sq Feet !$2,463
Welcome Home ! This cozy and quiet unit gives you 1250 sqft.$2,800
This 3 Bedroom is in immaculate condition, has enormous living dining area, quiet building, and is a jump away from the Astoria Blvd NW train station and steps away from ...$2,700
Sun drenched south facing condo unit in the Crescent Tower.$2,400
Located in the heart of Astoria.$2,995
This is a stunning 1BR apartment in the heart of Astoria with all of the amenities you could want.$2,300
Located in the heart of Astoria.$2,300
NO FEE Ultra modern one Bedroom with extreme exposure to light and views !$2,500
Located in the heart of Astoria.$2,495
Large Size one bedroom unit in the Luxury Condo Building in Astoria.$2,500
The Bridgeview is located in the heart of Astoria.$2,825
3 Bedroom apartment next to Astoria Park ONLY 2, 250 NO BROKERS FEEBright 3 bedroom apartment on the third floor of a beautiful building, right next to Astoria park.$2,250
A Superb TWO bedroom TWO Bathroom home, with washer dryer in unit !$2,725
Pristine two bedroom in a carriage house located in Astoria Queens.$2,400
Welcome to the Boulevard Luxury Rentals located on Astoria Blvd.$2,520
BRAND NEW 1 Bedroom apartment in Astoria 2300 NO BROKERS FEEAmazing and modern 1 bedroom apartment on the 3rd floor of The Grayson building with great closet space and lots ...$2,300
True 2 bedroom with pre war charm thatA s conveniently located near all Astoria has to offer Including 3 grocery stores, countless outdoor restaurants, beer garden, parks, post office.$2,200
Spacious 3 Bedroom apartment in Astoria ONLY 26503 Queen size bedrooms on the 2nd floor in a 3 family houseSpacious living roomEat in kitchen with lots of cabinet space and ...$2,650
Freshly renovated duplex 2 Bedroom apartment in Astoria ONLY 22002 Sunny bedrooms on the 3rd floor of a private houseBrand new kitchen with granite floor tiles, huge countertop, and great ...$2,200
Fantastic 1 bedroom new to market for a hot price !$2,379
Gorgeous 3 Bedroom Apartment, Newly Renovated, Located In The Heart Of Astoria.$2,600
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