Astoria, Queens Neighborhood Review
Astoria is a neighborhood in northwestern Queens. Bordered by Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, and overlapping with Steinway Ditmars.
Astoria is the definition of a melting pot, with a variety of ethnic cultures represented through churches and cuisines.
Much like Williamsburg and Bushwick, gentrification has driven rent prices up and will most likely continue as many city dwellers continue to move into this laid-back and relaxing area.
That being said, the rental prices are nowhere near the likes of neighboring LIC, which is home to a small "downtown" of luxury high-rises.
Most Greeks who moved to New York City in the 1980s settled in, what was then, the Italian-dominated neighborhood of Astoria.
By the mid-1900s Greeks accounted for slightly less than half of Astoria's population.
Astoria is worth the visit and not just because of the great Greek food.
When you want to relax, have a picnic or a restful afternoon in Astoria Park. The massive park offers a large outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, playgrounds, and amazing city views.
FUN FACT: St. Demetrios, one of the eleven Greek Orthodox churches in the area, is probably the largest Greek Orthodox church outside of Greece.
One of the prime reasons why Astoria became the first spot to become popular among ex-Manhattanites was its close proximity to the city and that the trains run directly into it from the neighborhood.
A bike ride into the city is a quick trip over the Queensboro Bridge!
If you're flying out of the city, LaGuardia airport, just north of Ditmars Steinway is just minutes away from anywhere in Astoria by car.
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Average Rent Prices
While luxury high-rises have become a new presence in the neighborhood, the vast majority of housing to be found is low-rise, multi-family houses.
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|30 Av School - Q300||Public - PK-8 - 354 students||City-wide gifted and talented school (1 of 5 in NYC). Separate elementary and middle school campuses.|
|Our World Neighborhood Charter School||Public Charter - K-8 - 715 students||Although this school is housed in two separate locations in Astoria, the staff works hard to make sure that all children feel welcome and valued.|
|P.S. 234||Public - PK-5 - 907 students||Serves a multi-ethnic group of children who speak 78 languages at home. Emphasizes community service along with academics.|
|Saint Demetrios Astoria School||Private - K-12 - 625 students||This private, Christian school is the largest Greek-American and Greek Orthodox day school in the United States.|
Astoria offers dozens of food choices for residents. Ditmars Boulevard is continuing to prove itself worthy of notable reviews thanks to its variety of authentic cuisine.
Authentic Greek food is most popular in this area and there are plenty of spots to choose from.
Tavern Kyclades, however, is considered the mecca of Greek food in NYC and one of the best destinations to taste the authentic cuisine. People come from far away places just to try this popular restaurant.
If you're in the mood for Italian wood-fired Neopolitan pizza then head to Tufino's. Their wood-burning oven was built in Naples, Italy using volcanic lava ash from Mt. Vesuvius! How's that for authentic?
Some other notable spots include The Thirsty Koala (great brunch spot!), Sugar Freak (Cajun/Creole New Orleans-themed), Hinomaru (best spot for ramen) and The Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall (outdoor drinking hangout with communal tables, German food, and entertainment).
If you're looking for night entertainment, check out Astoria's live music venues like LetLove Inn or the comedy club QED.