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North of 24th Avenue and west of Steinway Street is known as Ditmars. Or go east and it's Steinway, another subneighborhood. The eastern border, with Woodside, is 50th Street.
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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 and Amtrak trains.
LaGuardia Airport is a hop, skip, and jump via the Grand Central.
Two-story buildings are probably the most common housing type, with a mix of small apartment buildings, and one-, two-, and three-family homes, usually attached. There are more new condos under construction, but mostly small developments.
- Apt: studio, $800+; 1-br, $1050-$1600; 2-br, $1300-$2200; 3-br, $1800+
- Co-ops, $300k+
- Condos, $350k-$500k
- 2-Family Houses, $750k-$1.3mil
- 1-Family Houses, $550k-$800k
The Brick Cafe (30-95 33rd St), is a great Mediterranean bistro with stellar service.
San Antonio Bakery #2 (36-20 Astoria Blvd) tops hot dogs Chilean style, with guacamole, mayo, and tomatoes.
Agnanti (19-06 Ditmars) serves regional Greek fare across the street from Astoria Park.
Casual, artsy Sparrow (24-01 29th St) is the home bar for lower Manhattan transplants, and a must for its burger.
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In the 1870s William Steinway built Steinway Village for workers at Steinway & Sons Piano Factory.
Waves of immigrants have made Astoria home, from Czechs in the 1890s to Brazilians in the 1990s. Though it's famous for Greeks, Italians were more numerous here until recently.
It's amazing how quickly the southern reaches of the neighborhood have changed since the late 1990s. Once barren, industrial streets are now home to restaurants and cafes.
Museum of the Moving Image is a real treasure for film history and fun hands-on activities (e.g., voice dubbing), or for watching classic films on the big screen. Next door is Kaufman-Astoria Studios, once Paramount's East Coast production facility, and now a stage for TV shows.
Socrates Sculpture Park is in Ravenswood, but close enough.
The 114th Precinct (including parts of Long Island City (including Queensbridge), Woodside, and Jackson Heights) reported the following crimes for the year-to-date (7/8/07): 3 murders (5 in 2006), 11 rapes (20 in 2006), 150 robberies (222 in 2006), 150 felonious assaults (131 in 2006), and 212 burglaries (239 in 2006).
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- Astoria Problems: Trash and litter, traffic, congestion, and overdevelopment are community concerns. Con Ed's power plant makes Astoria one of the worst neighborhoods in New York for air pollution and asthma rates. Astoria was hit hard in the 2006 blackout. Tension between old-time residents and new arrivals is not uncommon.
- Famous Residents: Singer Tony Bennett and actor Christopher Walken both grew up in Astoria.
- Best Neighborhood Blog: Joey in Astoria
- Library: Astoria Branch, 14-01 Astoria Blvd, 718-278-2220
- Parking: Side streets are hit-or-miss.
- Post Office: 27-40 21st St, Astoria, NY 11102
- Hospital: Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens (formerly Astoria General Hospital, formerly Western Queens Community Hospital), 25-10 30th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11102
- Movies: The best venue in New York for classics is at the Museum of the Moving Image (35 Ave at 36 St). New Hollywood flicks play at the United Artists Kaufman Astoria Stadium 16 (35-30 38th St). (Spider-Man 3 had its premiere here.)
- Police Station: 114th Precinct, 34-16 Astoria Blvd, Astoria, NY 11103, 718-626-9311
- Community Board 1: 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106, 718-786-3335
- ARROW (Astoria Residents Reclaiming Our World)
- Astoria Waterfront
- Local History: Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway
- Business Organizations: Central Astoria Local Development Coalition, 28-27 Steinway St, 718-728-7820
- Banking: Find local and national banks on Steinway, Ditmars, and 30th Ave in Astoria.
- Health Club: Astoria Sports Complex has a pool and batting cages, in addition to the typical gym offerings, 34-38 38th St, 718-472-4455
- Zip Code: 11102, 11103, 11105, and parts of 11106