"Quiet residential street at the edge of Astoria proper"
49th street is considered the last block of Astoria, because Hobart and 50th Street start the Woodside or East Elmhurst area, depending on what avenue you're standing. It is a purely residential block with the only major establishment really being Bryant High School, which is on 31st Avenue between 49th and 48th Street. If you travel up towards Northern Boulevard where Long Island City is, you are close to Guitar Center, Old Navy and other larger chain stores. Otherwise, you're in for a relatively quiet block with 1-3 family houses and some apartment buildings. Good for living on, not for shopping or nightlife. Transport is provided by train at the 46th Street R, G, V stop, or buses along the avenues.