Astoria in Queens

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The Last Word, Cocktails and Oysters, at Ditmars Boulevard © Kenneth C. Zirkel/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Last Word, Cocktails and Oysters, at Ditmars Boulevard © Kenneth C. Zirkel/cc-by-sa-4.0

Astoria is a neighborhood in the western portion of the New York City borough of Queens. Astoria is bounded by the East River and is adjacent to four other Queens neighborhoods: Long Island City to the southwest, Sunnyside to the southeast, and Woodside and East Elmhurst to the east. As of 2019, Astoria has an estimated population of 95,446.

The area was originally called Hallet’s (or Hallett’s) Cove after its first landowner William Hallet, who 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, in order to persuade him to invest in the area. During the second half of the 19th century, economic and commercial growth brought increased immigration. Astoria and several other surrounding villages were incorporated into Long Island City in 1870, which in turn 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 originally called Hallet’s Cove (also spelled Hallett’s Cove), after its first landowner William Hallet, (or Hallett) who settled there in 1652 with his wife, Elizabeth Fones, though they moved to Flushing after their farm was destroyed by Native Americans. The peninsula was bordered to the north by Hell Gate, to the west by the East River, and the south by Sunswick Creek. Hallet bought the land in 1664 from two native chiefs named Shawestcont and Erramorhar. Beginning in the early 19th century, affluent New Yorkers constructed large residences around 12th and 14th Streets, an area that later became known as Astoria Village (now Old Astoria). Hallet’s Cove, incorporated on April 12, 1839, and previously founded by fur merchant Stephen A. Halsey, was a noted recreational destination and resort for Manhattan’s wealthy. The area was renamed for John Jacob Astor, then the wealthiest man in the United States with a net worth of more than $40 million, in order to persuade him to invest in the neighborhood. He only invested $500, but the name stayed nonetheless, as a bitter battle over naming the village finally was won by Astor’s supporters and friends. From Astor’s summer home in Yorkville, Manhattan — on what is now East 87th Street near York Avenue — he could see across the East River the new Long Island village named in his honor. Astor, however, never actually set foot in Astoria.

Trinity Lutheran Church © MrShah2012/cc-by-sa-3.0 Astoria Center of Israel © MrShah2012/cc-by-sa-3.0 Corner of 33rd and 31st Street © Emilymc25/cc-by-sa-3.0 30th Avenue at 34th Street © Kenneth C. Zirkel/cc-by-sa-4.0 Hell Gate Bridge © Jim.henderson Burgerology at Ditmars Boulevard and 33rd Street © Kenneth C. Zirkel/cc-by-sa-4.0 Museum of the Moving Image on 35th Avenue © NickCPrior/cc-by-sa-3.0 The Last Word, Cocktails and Oysters, at Ditmars Boulevard © Kenneth C. Zirkel/cc-by-sa-4.0 The Steinway Mansion © AML KING/cc-by-sa-4.0
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The Last Word, Cocktails and Oysters, at Ditmars Boulevard © Kenneth C. Zirkel/cc-by-sa-4.0
During the second half of the 19th century, economic and commercial growth brought increased immigration from German settlers, mostly furniture and cabinet makers. One such settler was Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, patriarch of the Steinway family who founded the piano company Steinway & Sons in 1853, which today is a worldwide piano company. Later on, the Steinways built a sawmill and foundry, as well as a streetcar line. The family eventually established Steinway Village for their workers, a company town that provided school instruction in German as well as English. Part of the motivation for locating the Steinway factory in Queens was to keep the workers isolated from the ferment of labor organizing and radicalism occurring in other parts of New York, notably the Lower East Side. Astoria and several other surrounding villages, including Steinway, were incorporated into Long Island City in 1870. Long Island City remained an independent municipality until it was incorporated into the City of Greater New York in 1898. The area’s farms were turned into housing tracts and street grids to accommodate the growing number of residents. Among the places of interest in Astoria are:

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