Life in Astoria!

Astoria is one of the best neighborhoods in Queens.

The last few year’s lots of young professional and hipsters have discovered the neighborhoods, but unlike parts of Brooklyn, they’re not really gentrifying the neighborhood, just raising the demand for housing. Astoria has long been a favorite neighborhood with many families living there for generations. Here are a few of the many reasons to consider living in Astoria.

Astoria is 15 minutes or less from Midtown Manhattan. The N and W subways lines run through the heart of the neighborhood, above 31st Street. It’s also a hop, skip, and short drive over the Triborough Bridge to Harlem and to the Bronx. Why waste your non-work hours in a commute?
Real Estate prices in Astoria are much less

Sure, real estate in Astoria has boomed, but it’s nothing like Manhattan. You can get a studio for $1500 or a one-bedroom for $1600. Of course, the more desirable locations in Astoria command higher rents: a one-bedroom for $1800 is not unheard of. But it’s likely to be in a small building on a quiet street, down the block from a great Greek cafe. We are here for all your real estate needs.
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Restaurants in Astoria
Astoria is a name often on the tongues of New Yorkers who love to eat. It’s more casual and cheaper than Manhattan, the ethnic foods are more traditional and less nouveau, and there’s a great neighborhood vibe. Yes, there’s certainly great Greek food, but that’s not all by a long shot.

Immigrants from across the globe have made Astoria famous for its varied cuisines. From many street corners, you can see the foods of five continents represented by nearby restaurants.

Places of Attraction in Astoria:
Bohemian Beer Hall and Garden
The only old-school, big beer garden left in New York City, Bohemian Hall is wonderful. Turn off crazy urban 31st Street–the subway overhead–and escape into this huge beer garden with its shady trees, picnic tables, pitchers of icy beer, and platters of hearty Czech food and barbecue. It’s a must on summer weekends with stein-thumping live folk music on many afternoons. Bohemia Beer Garden is a true urban oasis for families, visitors, and a cast of neighborhood regulars.
Museum of Moving Image
The arts are picking up steam in Astoria. Local culture is led by the innovative American Museum of the Moving Image. It is one of the finest museums in New York City for kids, for adults, and definitely for movie aficionados.
The Noguchi Museum
Housed in a former printmaking plant and gas station, the Noguchi Museum (9-01 33rd Rd, Astoria/LIC) is situated across the street from the studio of the museum’s namesake, Isamu Noguchi. The museum is known mostly from Noguchi’s stone sculptures, but his drawings, metal work, and designs are also part of the museum’s collection.
Astoria Park
Although widely known for its beautiful pool, the oldest and largest in the city, Astoria Park offers more than aquatic pleasures. Outdoor tennis courts, a track, a bandstand, multiple trails, basketball courts, and playgrounds lure visitors from the five boroughs and beyond. And the views! Sitting on the edge of the East River and resting between the Triborough Bridge and Hell Gate Bridge, the park offers shoreline sights and sounds that make the benches along its perimeter popular spots year-round.
Socrates Sculpture Park
Located on the banks of the East River, you can see the artist sculptures, open markets, outdoor yoga and open movie theater. Amazing Manhattan views.
Athens Square Park Statues
Located in Astoria, New York’s Greek-American neighborhood, this park was restored in 1990 as a locus for neighborhood gatherings and to create “a little bit of Athens in Astoria.” An amphitheater juxtaposed with statues of the Greek philosopher Socrates and the Greek goddess Athena give the park a Hellenic ambience. Many groups have held performances here, including the Greek-American Folklore Society.
Our Life Style

A wide range of shops and restaurants, many with a distinctive foreign flavor, can be found on bustling Ditmars Boulevard, in the heart of Astoria, Queens.

Having something for everyone is admittedly a cliché, but even if used sparingly it should apply to Astoria. The neighborhood has rentals galore, row houses and co-ops, new condominiums and a few Victorian houses; its waterfront is part beautiful parkland, part industry; there are subway stations both elevated and subterranean and, of course, there’s close to every kind of food that civilization has put forth. Fantastic Schools, Shopping, and of course fitness centers.

The History
In the 1830s, Stephen Halsey, a fur trader, named his new neighborhood across the East River after a friend and fellow trader, John Jacob Astor. Because of the ferry service that Mr. Halsey started, the village slowly grew; mansions went up around 12th Street, some of which remain.
The Steinway family opened a piano factory and, starting in the 1870s, it had a bustling community of workers. The plant inspired the name of a busy local street (and, later, a subway station). A housing boom in the early 20th century brought in the broad ethnic mix for which Astoria is known.
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