Bordering the East River, Astoria is a neighborhood in Northwest Queens that is a mix of middle class residents, commercial space and affordable housing despite its fame. Formerly part of Long Island City, Astoria is a prominent neighborhood that is often thought to embody the spirit of Queens and is often in film and on television. Like most of Queens, Astoria is very culturally diverse, but features prominent Greek, Italian and Arab populations with culturally influenced eateries and businesses throughout the neighborhood.
The Vibe
In between Manhattan and outer Queens, Astoria is a mix of young professionals, immigrants and middle class residents, which makes the ‘melting pot’ metaphor for New York come to life.
Bragging Rights
Astoria is home the best Greek and Arabic food in the city, the Museum of the Moving Image and the oldest beer garden in NYC, Bohemian Hall.
Astoria features many residential federal-style rowhouses, locally owned commercial spaces and cultural centers that make it the poster child of ‘the Queens aesthetic’.
Best Kept Secret
Parisi Bakery, adjacent to the subway at 31st Street, is a favorite among locals for its coffee, bread and pastries.
By Day
A busy routine of commuters hopping on the subway to work, kids making their way to school and old men inviting you into their shops and restaurants.
By Night
Queens locals and Manhattanites not interested in the glitz of Manhattan find good food, alcohol, local clubs and/or hookah lounges while meandering around Steinway Street.