Astoria is a neighborhood in the western portion of New York City, New York in the borough of Queens. Astoria is bounded by the East River and is adjacent to three other Queens neighborhoods: Long Island City to the southwest, Sunnyside to the southeast, and Woodside to the east. As of 2019, Astoria has an estimated population of 95,446.
The area was initially called Hallet’s (or Hallett’s) Cove after its first landowner William Hallet settled there in 1652 with his wife, Elizabeth Fones. Hallet’s Cove was incorporated on April 12, 1839, and was later renamed for John Jacob Astor, then the wealthiest man in the United States, to persuade him to invest in the area. During the second half of the 19th century, economic and commercial growth increased immigration. Astoria and several other surrounding villages were incorporated into Long Island City in 1870, which was incorporated into the City of Greater New York in 1898. Commercial activity continued through the 20th century, with the area being a center for filmmaking and industry.
The area now known as Astoria was initially called Hallet’s Cove (also spelled Hallett’s Cove). Its first landowner William Hallet (or Hallett), settled there in 1652 with his wife, Elizabeth Fones. The peninsula was bordered to the north by Hell Gate, west by the East River, and south by Sunswick Creek. Hallet bought the land in 1664 from two native chiefs named Shawestcont and Erramorhar. Top HVAC NYC
The area south of Astoria was called Ravenswood, and traditionally, Broadway was considered the border between the two. Today, however, many residents and businesses south of Broadway identify themselves as Astorians for convenience or status. Long Island City has historically been considered an industrial area, and Ravenswood is now primarily a low-income neighborhood. Some of the thoroughfares have lent their names to unofficial terms for the areas they serve. For instance, the eastern end of Astoria, with Steinway Street as its main thoroughfare, is sometimes referred to simply as “Steinway,” and the northern end around Ditmars Boulevard is sometimes referred to as “Ditmars,” with their convergence point bearing the neighborhood name “Ditmars-Steinway.” Banners displayed on lamp posts along 30th Avenue refer to it as “the Heart of Astoria.”
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