6.5 out of 10

Astoria

Ranked 23rd best neighborhood in Queens
40.7613735927692 -73.9198760034382
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jun 10, 2017

"Thinking of Astoria? Do your Research!!"

Astoria WAS a good value in the early 2000s. It's a different story now. Landlords are getting greedy with rents approaching Manhattan prices! Yet, it's Astoria! The subway line to Astoria is one of the worst in the city. I don't care what anyone says, it is terrible. I use it daily for commuting and the delays are daily, not to mention the super-packed trains. This combined with the soaring rents means Manhattan is quickly becoming the better deal. The N/W trains work find in Manhattan, but often stop or delay or reroute at 57th. Very inconvenient. So tired of it. Finally, despite the constantly increasing rents, there are no good groceries here (no Trader Joe's, no Whole foods etc.) The restaurants and cafes are average. The population is diverse but noisy 24/7. As I said, it was a deal when 1 bedrooms could be had for 1G back in the early 2000s. Now with 1 bedrooms in excess of 2G there is just no point.
Pros
  • Beautiful views of the NYC skyline from some areas
Cons
  • Terrible service on N/W subway line
  • Far from Downtown Manhattan
  • Few big supermarkets though the neighborhood does have many small grocery stores and delis that sell a large variety of international foods and eats
  • Poor shopping
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Fabulous choice for professionals who commute to Manhattan"

The quality of life in Astoria / Long Island City really varies by the specific part of the town. The areas that are closer to the water are stunning, well maintained, and safe. However, those areas are plagued with problems such as extravagant prices. On the other hand, the other parts are poorly maintained, decrepit, and less safe, but are infinitely more reasonably priced.

Throughout Astoria and Long Island City, you will find everything from ethnic restaurants to four or five star luxury restaurants and trendy bars. While it may be far from downtown Manhattan, it is about as close to midtown as you can get in Queens. It is about 10 minutes from Grand Central. Unfortunately, most parts of Astoria and Long Island City have horrible parking accessibility, so many residents choose to sell their cars and stick to public transportation. Those who do own cars are primarily the ones who can afford to pay for private parking spaces.

All in all, this is a wonderful place for young, single professionals who want a shorter commute to the city without paying Manhattan prices. If you can afford to live in one of the nicer areas, you'll love it. On the other hand, I'm not a huge fan of the shoddier areas.
Pros
  • Beautiful views of the NYC skyline from some areas
  • Very short commute to Manhattan
  • Fabulous ethnic restaurants in the neighborhood's many diverse ethnic enclaves
  • Good subway and bus connections
  • Many good schooling options
Cons
  • Huge difference between parts of the city
  • Poor shopping
  • Noisy
  • Few big supermarkets though the neighborhood does have many small grocery stores and delis that sell a large variety of international foods and eats
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"Incredibly diverse, worth a look"

Astoria is one of the most diverse places in the world - I once read an interesting piece in National Geographic stating something to that effect, anyway. Each time I go here I enjoy a different Greek restaurant, as there are a lot of them in the area. It struck me as a place that's rather quiet during the evenings - most of the residents probably head into the city for weekend partying.

Manhattan dwellers will probably be doing a bit more walking out here than they are used to - at least when it comes to catching the local public transportation. But that is a small price to pay for a quiet city dwelling that is so close to some of the best neighborhoods in Manhattan.
Pros
  • quiet New York neighborhood
  • Fabulous ethnic restaurants in the neighborhood's many diverse ethnic enclaves
Cons
  • Far from Downtown Manhattan
  • No real nightlife scene
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Distinct International Feel"

Astoria is a multicultural enclave of New York City which was once essentially Greek but today is populated by several different ethnicities including Irish, Middle Eastern, Latin American, Pakistani and Bangladeshi peoples. The main boundaries of Astoria are thought to be the East River, Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City. The area is believed to have been founded and developed by the famous piano manufacturing company, Steinway and sons in the late 19th century as the company provided accommodation for its German craftsman in the neighborhood of Astoria. In fact the Steinway mansion is still located in the heart of Astoria on 42nd street and 19th Avenue.

The real estate landscape of Astoria is largely dominated by one and two family frame and brick houses and this essentially working-class neighborhood is also known for its many good schools, several of which are attached to churches like the St Frances Assisi church school on 45 the Street which is considered to be an premier parochial school of the neighborhoods. The Immaculate Conception school on 29th Street and the Grace Lutheran School are the other prominent private schools that are located in Astoria while the neighborhood also has excellent public schools like the P.S. 84 Steinway School which is known for its visual arts and music program, the P.S. 122 which has a program for gifted students and the Baccalaureate School of Global Education which is a public school that offers the International Baccalaureate program to students residing in Astoria. To cater to the needs of its multiethnic populations the area also hosts several Islamic schools like the Ideal Islamic School and the El-Ber Islamic school.

The principal shopping areas in Astoria are along Ditmars Boulevard, Steinway Street, Broadway and along 30th avenue though the neighborhood is especially well known for its many diverse restaurants which offer a smorgasbord of word cuisines. Some of my personal favorites include restaurants like Agnanti Mezze which overlooks the verdant Astoria Park and serves excellent Mediterranean fare and the delightful Kabab Café which is owned and operated by the El Sayed brothers in the Little Egypt section of Astoria along Steinway Street.

Astoria is well connected to Manhattan by the N& W subway lines. The G line comes into the Steinway street station and connects the area to Brooklyn. The R and V also stop at the Steinway Street Station and provide an alternate connection to Manhattan and the rest of Queens.
Pros
  • Many good schooling options
  • Fabulous ethnic restaurants in the neighborhood's many diverse ethnic enclaves
  • Good subway and bus connections
Cons
  • Far from Downtown Manhattan
  • No real nightlife scene
  • Few big supermarkets though the neighborhood does have many small grocery stores and delis that sell a large variety of international foods and eats
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
2yrs+

"Everything you need within 2 blocks"

I have lived here in Astoria (30th Ave/44th St) for 25 years. The thing I like the best about Astoria is that everything you could possible need is within a short couple of blocks. Need milk at 2 am? There's a bodega open 24 hours around the corner....Need a fun, affordable bar to party in with your friends---there are hundreds to choose from! The restaurant scene in Astoria has grown unbelievably since I've lived here. Plenty for everyone--from Manhattanites, to artsy/hipster types, to family fun, singles fun, etc. Every ethic type of food is available within blocks of each other. Being close to the subway is one great benefit of living here in Astoria. Yes, the rents are now sky high but not nearly as high as Manhattan.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
2yrs+

"So Close to Manhattan"

I have visited and stayed Astoria many times and my favorite thing about this neighborhood is how close it is to Manhattan! It only takes me about 15 minutes to get into work since I work right off the N/R/W line! It is great, lots of times I want to stay at my friends in Astoria rather than go back to my home in Brooklyn!

Another great attribute is all the Greek restaurants that you can go to here. One great place is the restaurant 718. I would definitely check it out!

Another place that MUST be checked out is the cannoli at La Guli Bakery. It is one of the best cannoli's that I have ever had in my life and it is located on 2915 Ditmars, close to 31st St and the final stop of the N subway.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"One of the best neighborhoods in Queens"

It's hard to come up with a better neighborhood in Queens than Astoria. Easily accessible, exciting and affordable (for now), it has a little bit for everyone to enjoy. In the past decade and a half, Astoria has grown from an ethnic enclave of Greek, Italians, Croatians, etc. to a popular choice for everyone, especially those wanting a hip alternative to Williamsburg.

You can find places to hang out, from cafes to clubs; places to work out like a multitude of gyms of the best free gym of all, Astoria Park. Residential units range from studios to 3 bedroom apartments and houses. Take a walk around the neighborhood and you'll see that a lot of development is going on, so the future is pretty secure in terms of available rentals.

Some of my own favorite places in Astoria are:
1) Bohemian Hall and and Beer Garden
2) Astoria Park track (it overlooks the Manhattan skyline!)
3) Silver Age Comics
4) Grand Cafe
4) McCann's Pub
5) Astoria Soundworks practice studio

The only negatives to the area I can think of is that in certain parts it can be noisy because of traffic. Astoria Boulevard cuts through the neighborhood and brings in a lot of cars from the Grand Central, and the elevated N train line on 31st Street can be rattling (and to some, an eyesore). But that does not take away from the rest of Astoria, which can be almost suburbanly quiet.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Best ethnic food in New York City"

I lived in Astoria in 2006-2007 for a little over a year and loved it. Though the commute to downtown Manhattan was a haul and the train was always crowded in the mornings, I liked having my own little neighborhood that I could come home to. And Astoria is quite homey. It is not the most happening place for hipster singles - if you're looking for that go to Manhattan or Williamsburg. But if you are a down to earth person who enjoys a dirty pub full of locals or an inexpensive Greek or Mexican food stand, this is your place. There are many different cultures living here, and they all seem to get along. Astoria seems to be full of families who have been here for generations - the neighborhood does not feel gentrified at all. Hardly any chains exist here, and there are plenty of mom and pop stores. The rent is cheaper than Brooklyn's, and the neighborhood is much cheaper. I would love to live here with a car if I ever come back, since it's hell to get to Williamsburg from here on the train, but it is a 10 minute drive!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Another culturally diverse neighborhood"

Astoria is a popular neighborhood in northwest Queens bounded to the north and west by the East River. The area has kept its longtime residents happy while attracting many new ones.

It boast a convenient trip to Manhattan, urban but with space and greenery, and decent, but appreciating real estate prices. Once known only as a hub of Greek life, Astoria is home to immigrants from around the world, and young people who have fled pricey Manhattan and Brooklyn. Eating and cultural options have grown, earning it a reputation as a gem of Queens. Astoria has always been known for Greek food (it is the Greek capital of NYC), and lately it has gained a reputation for fine dining and innovative cooking.

Astoria Park is smack on the East River with gorgeous views of Upper Manhattan and the Queensboro and Hellgate Bridges. The arts are picking up steam in Astoria. Local culture is led by the innovative American Museum of the Moving Image. It is one of the finest museums in New York City for kids, for adults, and definitely for movie aficionados.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Neighborhood on the brink of gentrification"

I have lived in Astoria for seven years and have seen it go through a number of changes. When I moved in, it was primarily Greeks and Eastern Europeans, but the neighborhood has steadily grown younger and hipper. Astoria is the most ethnically diverse neighborhood in the world, and that's reflected in the amazing array of food to be found - spectacular Thai, Egyptian and even some of NYC's best Mexican joints. Unfortunately, there's no decent bars unless you enjoy thumping Euro techno. Astoria has several great parks, including the massive Astoria Pool and the charmingly funky Socrates Sculpture Park. Transportation is a mixed bag - allegedly, the G train runs to Brooklyn, but good luck ever catching it on a day when it's running. The R is often broken, but the N and W are fairly dependable. Even though rents are skyrocketing, it's still a reasonably affordable hood, and there's plenty of available real estate, much of which is decently sized.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"This is an average neighborhood"

Astoria is mostly a residential area with many small businesses. People and children are always on the streets. It is a very lively place. Queens in general is very diverse. Astoria is no different it is a multicultural neighborhood with a large Ecuadorian community. Everything is easily accessible. You can walk to most places or take public transportation. It is also extremely easy to get into Manhattan with public transportation. The neighborhood is also home to Astoria Park. I love this park, it is really great to take a jog or bike ride. Kids love the park too. The Triborough Bridge goes right through the park. It also offers a lot facilities like the very popular pool and tennis court. I’ve had tons of fun at this park.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Interesting neighborhood for all"

This is the area just north of the Queens Midtown Tunnel, with a long long history, though it is mostly a residential spot. This is an area where there are larger real estate options (i.e., if you are looking for a two bedroom or a studio you should look elsewhere), and is a great spot for families. There is a lot of development in the area as far as apartment buildings and two-car garage homes are concerned as well. This neighborhood is actually a good spot for tourists to stumble around – and everyone should definitely check out Arepas Café, a Venezuelan restaurant that is recommended by just about everyone who makes recommendations.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

Best Streets in Astoria

1

Steinway St

4/5
"The melting pot that is Queens"
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2

Crescent St

3.5/5
"A thruway of Astoria with small shops and most importantly, the hospital."
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3

34th Ave

3.5/5
"34th St and Vernon Blvd - Very Nice"
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4

Vernon Blvd

3/5
"Very Interesting Place To Be"
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5

31st Ave

3/5
"Between 30th and Broadway"
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6

45th St

3/5
"45th Street in Astoria, Queens"
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7

I-- 278

3/5
"Great NYC experience"
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8

Newtown Rd

3/5
"A shortcut block cutting through Astoria."
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9

43rd St

2.5/5
"Great place to live if you don't mind being away from the train"
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10

41st St

2.5/5
"Good residential block, not much else of note."
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