Astoria is a neighborhood of choice for more than 150,000 New Yorkers. Just minutes to Midtown Manhattan on the N or Q trains, the area is known for its ethnic eateries and diverse residents. Like its borough, Astoria is a true melting pot of cultures, and a neighborhood where Greeks, Bosnians, North Africans, Japanese, Indians, Pakistanis, Chinese, Mexicans, and more coexist. People from over 100 countries are living in Astoria, Queens.
The area is a hub for markets selling international foods – from butchers to pastry shops and delis, a wide range of edibles are available. Astoria boasts a burgeoning restaurant scene as well, with some of the best Italian and Greek food you’ll find anywhere in New York City.
Quieter than many sections of Brooklyn and Manhattan, Astoria boasts a small-town feel but still comes with plenty of urban flavor, and you won’t get lost in streets lined with towers. Most of Astoria’s buildings are low rise and offer reasonably priced apartments, by New York City standards.
Locals take advantage of Astoria Park, an almost 60-acre green space situated alongside the East River.
For clothing, gadgets, and everyday essentials, you’ll see chain stores sharing the neighborhood with mom-and-pop shops, particularly along Steinway Street. You’ll discover more one-of-a-kind stores along Ditmars Boulevard, which runs in the northwest corner of the area.
What is everyday life like in Astoria? Eric Barao’s photography gives us a glimpse of what we’d experience if we spent a day in this Queens enclave.