Settled by Dutch and Germans in the 17th Century and later by Irish, Jewish, Greek, Cypriot, Egyptian, Syrian, and Lebanese immigrants, this Queens neighborhood has kept its long-time ethnic residents while attracting a wide swath of young newcomers in recent years. Astoria’s proximity to Manhattan, along with its slightly-lower rents and slightly more spacious apartments make it a desirable neighborhood to live in.
The trifecta of 30th Avenue, Broadway, and Ditmars Boulevard make up Astoria’s main shopping and dining areas, making this multi-zip code neighborhood almost a little city in itself. This up-and-coming neighborhood is home to a slew of coffee shops that all opened in 2014, signifying Astoria as a place residents and visitors actually desire to spend time and relax in, rather than just to sleep in between commutes. Kinship Coffee Collective, 60 Beans, OK Café and the Korean chain Caffe Bene have all set up shop recently and are bustling with Astorians. September 2014 marked the first ever Astoria Restaurant Week, in which over 50 local restaurants offered special menus and deals similar to New York Restaurant Week, which takes place mostly in Manhattan twice annually. Astoria is renowned for having some of the best Greek food of all the boroughs, with restaurants like MP Taverna and Tyverna Kyclades being delicious standouts.
Astoria is also home to the world’s premier piano company, Steinway & Sons, the Museum of the Moving Image and New York City’s largest public pool, open between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and bustling with locals admiring the beautiful views of the Queenborough Bridge and skyline in the background. Astoria Park is open year-round, and offers great public green space for outdoor movie screenings, concerts, picnics and more.
Astoria is a large enough neighborhood that weeks of never leaving the neighborhood would still leave plenty to do!
Rental Prices:$903 ― $1,926
Sales Prices:$217,000 ― $462,000
Landmarks:Kaufman Astoria Studios' Museum of the Moving Image, Isamu Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, Astoria Park