Home to some 160,000 residents, Astoria is a bustling neighborhood long known for its great ethnic food, busy commercial thoroughfares and charming single-family homes. Astoria's quick commute into Midtown Manhattan (15 minutes on the N, R, W, or M) and reasonable home prices, however, have recently begun to attract newcomers. New developments are now cropping up and changing the landscape, too. Now, the neighborhood's historic single-family homes and postwar co-op buildings are interspersed with condominiums and upscale rentals.
With elevated trains running above many of its commercial streets, Astoria has a hectic energy, but head to the side streets and you will find peaceful pockets of residential charm.
Heart of the Neighborhood
Broadway between 32nd and 35th Avenues is packed with restaurants, bars and interesting local businesses.
In the 1920s, before Hollywood was firmly established, Astoria was a center for the film industry. That history is still visible in the Kaufman Astoria Studios and at the Museum of the Moving Image.
You will never have a food craving that can’t be met here. Astoria is known for its amazing ethnic food options.
If you’re into late nights on the town and dancing the night away, you won’t find it in Astoria. Nightlife tends to be low-key.