Astoria is located by the East River consisting of three neighborhoods including Ravenswood (southern area of Astoria), Ditmars (a middle class section of Astoria between Bowery Bay and 23rd Avenue and between East River and 31st Street), and Astoria Heights (between Hazen Street and La Guardia Airport). It is mostly a quiet middle class residential neighborhood.
Astoria is a middle-class and commercial neighborhood in the northwest corner of Queens County with a multicultural community including Greek, Jewish, European, Asian and Hispanic populations. Most residential and commercial areas are concentrated on the major streets of Steinway Street and Broadway where it has large commercial stores side by side with small local stores.
Astoria is an ideal shopping area for grocery and houseware because of local markets and large wholesale stores such as Costco. The neighborhood is well-designed with pedestrian-friendly streets surrounded by plenty of nature. Socrates Sculpture Park is a local recreation park with large sculptures & multimedia installations in a spacious green space where locals can enjoy a beautiful view of the East River.
Socrates Sculpture Park
The Museum of the Moving Image was built in a former historic Astoria Studios building. It presents exhibits, educational programs, moving-image works, and the museum continues to collect and preserve moving-images related artifacts.
Kaufman Astoria Studios is one of the largest film production centers in the East Coast. Built in 1920, it was the original home of Paramount Pictures. Today, top Hollywood film, television, and digital on-demand series are filmed at the studio including many Netflix hit series.
The Museum of the Moving Image
Kaufman Astoria Studios
Astoria is one of the best and fairly inexpensive neighborhoods to visit for good food in New York. Many restaurants in Manhattan come to Astoria for their fresh ingredients. Titan Foods is a local Greek supermarket offering extensive selections of imported baked goods, cheese, olive oil, and more. Many Greek and Cypriote restaurants can be found with fresh seafood and traditional cuisine in places such as Taverna Kyclades, Astoria Seafood, Zenon Taverna, and Psari.
Greek Supermarket, Titan Foods
Astoria also has many Italian, Spanish, and Japanese restaurants. Hinomaru Ramen is a snug, busy Ramen bar. Family Market has a wide assortment of Japanese groceries and specialty items.
Astoria has the local M and R trains of the New York City Subway which stop at Steinway Street and 46th Street, and the N and W trains run along the elevated tracks above 31st Street and Broadway. Astoria has been served by NYC Ferry's Astoria route since August 2017.
Subway: N,W to 36th Ave. | M,R to 46th St. | M,R to Northern Blvd. | M,R to Steinway | N,W to Broadway | N,W to 30th Ave. | N,W to Astoria Blvd. | N,W to Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.
= Japanese Store