Astoria is a large neighborhood in northwestern Queens. It is known to New Yorkers primarily for two things: its historic Greek population and its Czech beer garden, the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden.
While proud of both of these, Astoria sports many other fine qualities. You’ll find old-school restaurants from a variety of immigrant communities that call this neighborhood home. More recently, younger, fresher restaurants and bars have opened — without the old versus new gentrification battles that have marked some other areas of New York.
Astoria’s most walkable areas are located around Ditmars Avenue at 31st Street at the north end of the neighborhood, and on 30th Avenue and Broadway, east of 31st Street. The best way to get to the neighborhood is via the N and Q trains, which make several stops in Astoria.
Astoria is one of the best neighborhoods in Queens.
The last few years 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.