Located in Queens, Astoria is a divergent middle-class neighborhood. There is no shortage of apartment living in this area; waterfront condos and townhomes sprawl the coast, and many pre-war homes and developments sprawl across the inlands. Homes for sale, however, are a little harder to come by. Astoria isn’t famous for its aesthetics, but this makes the city a perfect location to get into now, before any more new housing developments break ground and raise rental prices. As more and more of these homes and apartment buildings take shape in Astoria, young professionals and families are making the move to Queens.
If you’re curious about the commute, you’ll be happy to know that the M, N, Q, and R trains run through Astoria; this means that Midtown Manhattan is only 15 minutes from most homes by commuter railway. N and Q subways run beneath the neighborhoods, and the nearby Bronx and Harlem are just across the Triborough Bridge.
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Astoria Park offers spectacular views of the East River, Manhattan and Hell Gate Bridge, and is also home to a public pool. In addition to being located near some of the most renowned Greek dining in all of New York, apartments in Astoria are close to attractions such as Socrates Sculpture Park. The Museum of the Moving Picture, too, is a tourist draw; during cinema’s earliest days, the village of Astoria rivaled Hollywood for the production of motion picture films.
Initially home to Italian immigrants, this working-class burgh is where a veritable melting pot of nationalities has come to roust. This bedroom community of Manhattan is safe and neighborly, and residents report that security is one advantage to calling Astoria home.
Public schools in Astoria score better than most other city schools when standardized testing is concerned. Astoria will also soon be home to the Frank Sinatra High School of the Performing Arts, which has been hailed by Tony Bennett, and which is predicted to draw even more affluent families to the Astoria region in Queens.