Astoria is a neighborhood on the waterfront in western Queens. It was originally incorporated as Hallett’s Cove in 1832, when it was a popular resort town for wealthy Manhattan residents, then re-named Astoria after John Jacob Astor, the wealthiest man in America at the time. Today, the neighborhood is an up-and-coming alternative to Manhattan thanks to its convenient location.
Astoria is bounded by 36th Avenue to the south; Northern Boulevard to the southeast; Steinway and 49th Streets to the east; Grand Central Parkway to the northeast; Ditmars Boulevard to the north; and the East River to the west. It is served by the E, M, N, R, and W trains and the East River Ferry. The Long Island Railroad and the 7 train can be found in nearby Woodside.
Astoria became part of Long Island City in 1870, which then became part of New York City in 1898. Today, Long Island City is a separate neighborhood in Queens, located to the south of Astoria.