Astoria in Queens NY

Astoria is a popular neighborhood in northwest Queens whose profile and appeal has risen sharply in the last few years. It's convenient to Manhattan, urban but with space and greenery, and plenty of rental opportunities. Eating and cultural options have grown, moving beyond ethnic eateries. Once known only as a hub of Greek life, Astoria is home to immigrants from around the world, and young people who have fled pricier Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Astoria Boundaries: There's no doubt that Astoria's western border is the East River, but go inland and all bets are off. Real estate brokers like to draw the southern border just north of Queens Plaza (a.k.a. "lower Astoria," but better known as Dutch Kills), though the Post Office marks it along Broadway and 31st Avenue. North/northeast is the Con Ed plant.

Astoria is a neighborhood 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. Here are recommendations for restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and markets.

Astoria Transportation: Astoria is a 20-minute commute on the N or W subways to midtown Manhattan. The subway runs above ground along 31st Street. Buses 18, 19, 19A, 101, 102, 103, and 104 criss-cross Astoria.

The Grand Central Parkway cuts through Astoria on its way to the Triborough Bridge. The last exit is at 31st Street.

The beautiful Hell Gate Bridge cuts above Astoria carrying freight trains and Amtrak.