Top 7 Reasons to Live in Astoria, Queens

Greek Food, Great Views -- and Affordable Rent

Bridgeside at Astoria Park
••• Bridgeside at Astoria Park. justinwaldingerphotography/Getty Images

Astoria is one of the best neighborhoods in Queens. Over the last few years, lots of young professional types and hipsters have discovered the neighborhood. But unlike what's happened in parts of Brooklyn, they're not really gentrifying the neighborhood, they're just increasing the demand for housing. Astoria has long been a favorite neighborhood of many families who have lived there for generations. If your commute is above Midtown, it's all good. If you have to trek to Lower Manhattan, it'll take awhile. Here are a few of the many positives about living in Astoria.

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    Queens Plaza, New York
    ••• Queens Plaza. Artem Vorobiev/Getty Images

    Astoria is 15 minutes or less from Midtown Manhattan. The N and W subways lines run through the heart of the neighborhood, above 31st Street. It's also a hop, skip and short drive over the Triborough Bridge to Harlem and the Bronx. Why waste your non-work hours in a commute?

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    Astoria, Queens, rooftop views
    ••• Rooftop view in Astoria, Queens. William Cusick/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    Sure, real estate in Astoria has boomed, but it's nothing like Manhattan. As of April 2017, you could still find a one-bedroom apartment under $2,000 a month. Of course, the more desirable locations in Astoria command higher rents, and they keep climbing. What you find just might be in a small building on a quiet street, down the block from a great Greek cafe.

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    Bridgeside at Astoria Park
    ••• Great views abound in Astoria. justinwaldingerphotography/Getty Images

    What a great place for a park! Astoria Park is smack on the East River with gorgeous views of Upper Manhattan and the Queensboro and Hellgate bridges. Weeknights come home to your apartment and walk on down to the riverside for an evening stroll (though always be careful at night alone). And Robert Moses' Astoria Pool is the king of all outdoor city pools.

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    Restaurants

    Greek food at MP Taverna
    ••• Greek food to die for at MP Taverna. Edsel Little/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

    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. Manhattan transplants have opened up new stars like 718.​

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    Astoria's Bohemian Beer Hall
    ••• Astoria's Bohemian Beer Hall. Mark Flores/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    The only old-school, big beer garden left in New York City, Bohemian Hall is wonderful. Turn off crazy urban 31st Street -- the subway overhead -- and escape into this huge beer garden with its shady trees, picnic tables, pitchers of icy beer and platters of hearty Czech food and barbecue. It's a must on summer weekends that include stein-thumping live folk music on many afternoons. Bohemian Beer Garden is a true urban oasis for families, visitors and a cast of neighborhood regulars.

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    The Museum of the Moving Image
    ••• The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. Robin Marchant/Getty Images

    The arts are picking up steam in Astoria. Local culture is led by the innovative Museum of the Moving Image. It is one of the finest museums in New York City for kids and adults and definitely for movie aficionados.

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    Cannolis
    ••• Scrumptious cannoli. Doug van Kampen/van Kampen Photography/Getty Images

    Yes, fresh cannoli is enough to get lots of people to consider moving. The cannoli at the Italian bakery La Guli are some of the best in NYC. Go to La Guli; you will not be disappointed. It's at 2915 Ditmars, close to 31st Street and the final stop of the N subway.