The area now known as Astoria was originally called Hallett's Cove, after its first landowner William Hallett, who settled there in 1659 with his wife, Elizabeth Fones. Today, much of the Astoria waterfront is being redeveloped.
Long Island City (L.I.C.) is the westernmost residential and commercial neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens. L.I.C. is notable for its rapid and ongoing gentrification, its waterfront parks, and its thriving arts community.
Sunnyside is a middle-class and commercial neighborhood in the Western portion of the New York City borough of Queens. It shares borders with Hunters Point and Long Island City to the west, Astoria to the north, Woodside to the east and Maspeth to the south.
Astoria is being marketed by NYC as a touristic area
New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, today announced Astoria as the next spotlight in its touristic campaign. Astoria is a quintessential melting pot that visitors and New Yorkers can travel from Midtown Manhattan to Astoria to taste some of the best Greek food .Conveniently accessible by the N and Q trains, Astoria is home to world-class ethnic restaurants, impressive cultural institutions and green space in Astoria Park.
MTA is planning on renovating Astoria Subway stations
The MTA plans to spend more than $110 million on repairing Astoria’s six above-ground subway stations, according to its recently released capital plan.The Astoria-Ditmars, Astoria Blvd, 30th Avenue, Broadway, 36th Avenue and 39th Avenue subway stations would each receive more than $18.8 million in “renewal” work starting in 2015, according to the MTA plan.