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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One Family Home by Astoria Park -3 car garage-Roof deck-patio$1,499,999
New Development Investment Rental Property$18,000,000
Steps to 30th Ave in the heart of Astoria.$1,099,000
This two bedroom co op features an oversized living room dining area, kitchen and walk in closet right by the door for easy storage.$469,000
Welcome to Apartment 11E.$635,000
Located close to the RFK bridge and in the heart of Astoria, this little gem is awaiting the next owner to bring it back to life.$799,000
Compass Exclusive ! Showing by appointment !$569,000
This 2, 532SF three family home with a 1, 200SF garden and front porch sits on a 3, 350SF lot on Astoria's most prime location and is a fantastic re ...$2,300,000
This amazing penthouse home features full skyline views.$695,000
Modern 3br, 1. 5 bath unit perched on the 8th floor overlooking Manhattan.$599,000
Old Astoria Victorian Mansion Enormous 2 family home with 12 foot ceilings on a 50 150 Lot 7500sf.$1,999,998
Quintessential Astoria 1 family.$949,000
This spacious three bedroom, with oversized living room windows, overlooks the grounds of Queensview.$575,000
Hello, Alexandra. The Alexandra, located at 23 43 31st Road, welcomes residents to a Manhattan lifestyle in the heart of Astoria.$715,000
Hello, Alexandra. The Alexandra, located at 23 43 31st Road, welcomes residents to a Manhattan lifestyle in the heart of Astoria.$715,000
Find your perfect fit. It's here for you at 14 11 31st Avenue, a welcoming intimate enclave in the heart of Astoria.$682,238
One bedroom, one bath in the prestigious Astoria Lights cooperative located in the heart of Astoria and just 15 minutes from Midtown Manhattan.$550,000
Welcome to Queensview Cooperative !$545,000
Hello, Alexandra. The Alexandra, located at 23 43 31st Road, welcomes residents to a Manhattan lifestyle in the heart of Astoria.$720,000
30 85 Vernon Blvd. 6K This unique and spacious 2 Bedroom, 1.$799,000
Looking for brand new construction ?$1,999,950
This two bedroom, 1 bathroom is now available in North Queensview.$469,000
Beautiful 2family Brick House located in long island city.$1,398,000
View 3D virtual tour here transcendence.$499,000
Enjoy living in this spacious and sunny east facing one bedroom.$369,000
This exceptional, ready to move in home is located in Astoria s coveted Ditmars neighborhood.$1,299,000
Spacious 3br, 1. 5 bath west facing unit has partially obstructed Manhattan views.$625,000
Spacious NE facing one bedroom apartment features super large Terrace that serve as a second living area accommodating lounge and dinning space, open floor plan, brand new engineered hardwood floors, ...$635,000
INVESTORS ONLY. Unit is tenant occupied through September 2021 at 2, 150 month.$499,000
Welcome home to your 9th floor oasis with Manhattan views !$499,000
Sensational one bedroom apartment with direct unobstructed water view of the East River and an oversized balcony in the magnificent Shore Towers.$605,000
Find your perfect fit. It's here for you at 14 11 31st Avenue, a welcoming intimate enclave in the heart of Astoria.$548,788
Bright and beautiful North Queensview 2 bedroom with stunning views Incredible Manhattan views from oversized west facing living room windows.$499,000
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