Astoria

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.

For more information:

http://www.astoria.org
http://www.rapturelounge.com
http://www.albatrossbar.com
http://www.mccannspubnyc.com
http://www.myastoria.com
http://www.astorians.com

LIC/Astoria Brand New 3 Family Townhouse, 6 Bed/6Bath$1,949,000
One Family Home by Astoria Park -3 car garage-Roof deck-patio$1,499,999
Prime Astoria Development Site.$6,485,000
Located in the heart of Astoria.$3,400,000
Rare Investment Development Opportunity In Astoria.$2,999,999
Park Avenue International Partners is pleased to introduce a prime multifamily investment opportunity in Astoria, which can also become a commercial development.$2,950,000
Welcome home to this cozy 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo with parking in the heart of Astoria.$589,000
One bedroom just listed at the Paul Revere Co op.$430,000
This sunny studio apartment is well designed with functionality and living space in mind.$425,000
This spacious, beautifully maintained 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath home is now available at The Marx, a new boutique condo building on a tree lined street in the Kaufman Art District.$1,050,000
This large west facing 3 bedroom, 1.$599,000
REDUCED TO 650k OWNER SAYS SELL !$650,000
Beautiful sun lit 1 bedroom now available in Queensview !$395,000
Rarely on the market ! A front facing one bedroom with terrace in a boutique elevator condo within a prime location !$695,000
Hello, Alexandra. The Alexandra, located at 23 43 31st Road, welcomes residents to a Manhattan lifestyle in the heart of Astoria.$790,900
Come enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Manhattan city skyline in this beautiful two bedroom, two bathroom home at the expertly crafted East River Tower.$1,595,000
Hello, Alexandra. The Alexandra, located at 23 43 31st Road, welcomes residents to a Manhattan lifestyle in the heart of Astoria.$839,500
A MUST SEE beautiful 2bed 1.$945,000
Hello, Alexandra. The Alexandra, located at 23 43 31st Road, welcomes residents to a Manhattan lifestyle in the heart of Astoria.$780,000
Welcome to Shore Towers Condominium located on the waterfront in New York's most sought after neighborhood Astoria.$761,000
Hello, Alexandra. The Alexandra, located at 23 43 31st Road, welcomes residents to a Manhattan lifestyle in the heart of Astoria.$658,500
Hello, Alexandra. The Alexandra, located at 23 43 31st Road, welcomes residents to a Manhattan lifestyle in the heart of Astoria.$752,000
A must see ! Rarely available this turn key, first floor, true one bedroom, one bathroom in well maintained co op.$350,000
This newly developed 30th Avenue condominium boasts modern sleek finishes throughout.$829,000
Come home to this truly remarkable, spacious, two bedroom, one bath apartment in the much sought after Astoria Lights Co op.$749,000
Totally renovated Astoria townhouse is ready to move right in !$1,165,000
Introducing 2533 21st street A meticulously gut renovated and reimagined inside and out, this stunning two family home offers an ideal opportunity for homeowners and investors, with room to expand, ...$1,875,000
Oversized windows line the living room of this two bedroom co op, now available in North Queensview !$475,000
$680,000
Presenting Astoria Lights four completely renovated pre war co op buildings that have been reimagined and reinvigorated with open, loft style floor plans, cutting edge amenities and sophisticated modern style ...$625,000
Sun filled two bedroom with amazing morning light.$469,000
This newly developed 30th Avenue condominium boasts modern sleek finishes throughout.$690,000
This spacious three bedroom, with oversized living room windows.$571,000
Rarely available, elegant one bedroom resale at The Colony, one of Astoria's most sought after pre war co ops.$550,000
Presenting whole new way to see Astoria Lights in this one of a kind 2.$975,000
Presenting Astoria Lights four completely renovated pre war co op buildings that have been reimagined and reinvigorated with open, loft style floor plans, cutting edge amenities and sophisticated modern style ...$1,295,000
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