6.6 out of 10

Ditmars | Steinway

Ranked 22nd best neighborhood in Queens
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Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"Convenient, cheap, and culturally diverse"

The small Ditmars-Steinway area of Astoria is incredibly diverse; while the population is predominately Caucasian, there are also significant numbers of Hispanic, Asian, and African American residents. Residents are also diverse in age, with retirees and young people all choosing to live here. The stores and restaurants also offer diversity: there are trendy cafes and small family stores in the same area. The people here love food, so you can find just about every cuisine without leaving the area. The housing prices in this neighborhood are far from cheap, but they offer excellent values for their unique combination of location, size, and quality. Transportation is easily accessible, and the commute to Manhattan takes under twenty minutes, making it even more desirable to professionals and commuters. The school district is very good and Astoria Park has gorgeous views of the city's skyline. While there are plenty of houses, condos, and co-ops, a large percentage of the rental properties in this area are small apartments over commercial properties. Each spring, there is a neighborhood street fair, and lots of people visit the Bohemian Beer Garden. The major problem with the area is that the air quality is supposedly bad because of the neighborhood's power plants and the nearby airport.
  • Highly diverse population
  • Very short commute to Manhattan
  • Great food choices
  • Bad air quality
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

"Named after the famous piano-maker"

Ditmars Steinway is a neighborhood in northwestern Queens which lies within Astoria and is bounded to the north by Bowery Bay. As the name implies, Ditmars Steinway was named after the piano maker, Steinway & Sons, who was a major land-owner and developer of the neighborhood. Locals refer to the area as simply “Steinway.”

Ditmars Steinway is characterized by two family red-brick row houses with small yards. Apartments located over stores and offices are also common in this area. Transportation fairs well in Ditmars Steinway. It is a fifteen minute commute from the terminus of the N and W lines at Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard to 59th Street and Lexington Avenue. The Q10A bus also runs on Ditmars Boulevard to the subway.

Public school, Mamie Faye or P.S. 122, is located in the neighborhood. The elementary/middle school is well known and describes itself as a magnet school for core knowledge. There are approximately 1,370 students from pre-K to eighth grade. The Steinway School is also in Ditmars Steinway and offers magnet programs in global arts and learning.

There are a plethora of businesses in Steinway and you will never have trouble getting a manicure or something to eat. From high-end pastry shops to delis, you will find exactly what your taste buds desire. The Bohemian Beer Garden is quite a draw among locals and tourists alike. Located along 24th Avenue near 29th Street, this is a great hang-out. Many coffeehouses are found on Ditmars Boulevard near 23rd Street, including a personal favorite, the Waltz-Astoria. There is also a park in the area named Astoria Park which boast over 65 acres, and offers a track, playground, tennis courts, and landmark 1935 swimming pool.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

"If you move here, bring your car"

This Astoria, Queens neighborhood has long been known for its Greek population, but currently there is an incredibly diverse European population residing in the area. This is a safe place, and the elevated train will get you to midtown in a matter of twenty minutes or so, so it’s perfect for young people who don’t want to pay much rent but don’t want to be too far from the big city life, or from their corporate jobs. There are restaurants and happenings here that reflect the neighborhood’s diversity – such as the Beer Garden and the Bohemian Hall, and the streets tend to be lined with row houses and neatly trimmed hedges.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Ditmars | Steinway


23rd Ave

"A quiet, yet still active avenue."
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Ditmars Blvd

"Great area to live, thank the Greeks and their familes for stonewalling the hipsters!"
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"pretty street, near park"
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19th St

"19th Street, the other side of the park"
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31st St

"One of the pulsing veins of Astoria."
40.7740376887208 -73.9132544640559

Hazen St

"My mystery spot in Queens"
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Unranked Streets in Ditmars | Steinway

18th St

"Need an apartment near Astoria Park? This is your block."
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19th Ave

"Great for learning how to drive."
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21st Ave

"A place for living"
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21st St

"Unpleasant and Loud"
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