EXPLORE ASTORIA

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Astoria occupies the northwest corner of Queens, known for its inclusive energy, charming quietude and diverse restaurant scene. Just a fifteen-minute subway ride from Manhattan, the neighborhood has increasingly become a destination of its own right, with a plethora of cultural museums, culinary treasures and unique activities.

Astoria boasts a variety of notable destinations. Situated alongside the East River, the neighborhood is home to the city's largest swimming pool, the site of the 1936 and 1964 Olympic swimming trials. The outdoor Socrates Sculpture Park doubles as a museum, featuring a constant rotation of unique and engaging art displays. Also holding down the art department are the Noguchi Museum, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Modern Art Foundry, all of which yield unique, engaging and rewarding cultural experiences.

Kaufman Astoria Studios stands not only as the neighborhood's crowning production center, but one of the nation's most notable as well. Rated one of Forbes' top 3 factory tours in the country, Steinway & Sons piano factory offers tours of some of the most gorgeous pianos in the world.

The neighborhood features many longstanding restaurants and bars, offering a wide variety of ethnic food options. Neighborhood favorites include Taverna Kyclades, a Greek restaurant; Seva, an Indian restaurant; Sal, Kris, & Charlie's, a deli; and Rizzo's, a pizza parlor. In the butcher shop sector, International Meat Market and Muncan Food Corp offer top quality meat with authentic flavor. Bohemian Hall stands as the oldest beer garden in New York City and today remains the go-to destination for those looking to enjoy European and domestic beers and sample sausage platters in a friendly outdoor environment.

Lockwood, Astoria's premier lifestyle store, offers fun home goods, stylish clothing, greeting cards, and more, for both children and adults. The shop boasts an outdoor patio that also hosts a rotation of events, including pop-up food markets and children's cooking classes. The Brass Owl is another favored boutique, featuring shoes, accessories and handcrafted jewelry.

HISTORY

Originally settled in the 17th century, Astoria eventually got its name in the mid-19th century, in tribute to the then-wealthiest man in America, John Jacob Astor (whose name crops up far and wide across various neighborhoods in Manhattan as well). Under the leadership of developer Stephen A. Halsey, the area began to extend inland from the ferry landing in Hallett's Cove and saw and influx of immigrants from Germany. The increased immigration allowed the area to thrive economically and commercially, with farms and factories springing up along the shore and beyond. Astoria was ultimately annexed as a part of Long Island City into New York City.

LANDSCAPE

Astoria is bounded by the East River, and rests adjacent to Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside. The neighborhood is served by the local E, M and R trains which stop at the Steinway Street and 46th Street stations, as well as the N, W trains, which travel along the elevated BMT Astoria Line above 31st Street.

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