THE 1800’S: MANSIONS AND INDUSTRY of Astoria, Queens

Two competing forces defined the Astoria waterfront throughout the nineteenth century. Wealthy New Yorkers built grand estates and stately summer homes along the shoreline. Meanwhile, factories, warehouses, and chemical plants on the Queens waterfront fueled the growth of a rapidly developing city and drove people away from enjoying time on the waterfront. In the 1800s, the […]

A history of Astoria Park, Queens, NYC

Astoria Park, a 59.96-acre (242,600 m2) park located along the East River in the New York City borough of Queens, contains one of the largest open spaces in Queens. The park is operated and maintained by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Situated in Astoria and adjacent to the Triborough (Robert F. Kennedy) and Hell Gate Bridges, the park contains New York City’s oldest […]

Astoria, a Greek Isle in the New York City Sea

THE city across the river is part of New York, but the Greeks have a word for it: Astoria. It’s a very special word because Astoria, Queens, is the heartland of the Greek-American settlement in New York City, said to be the largest Hellenic city in the world except for the ancient city of philosophers […]

The Steinway Mansion in the Astoria section of Queens, New York City

The Steinway Mansion is a historic home located on a one-acre hilltop in the Astoria section of Queens, New York City. It was built in 1858, originally on 440 acres (1.8 km2) on the Long Island Sound, by Benjamin Pike, Jr., born in 1809, a noted manufacturer of scientific instruments located in lower Manhattan. After his death in 1864, his widow sold the Mansion […]

History of NYC Streets: Steinway Street in Astoria, Queens

Steinway Street in Astoria, Queens The history of Steinway Street, running through Astoria, Queens, is deeply intertwined with the history of the piano maker Steinway and Sons. The street is also a central part of what is historically known as Steinway Village. Today, Steinway Street is a major shopping street with a vast array of stores. A […]

History of Astoria ( Hallett’s Cove ) , Queens, New York City

Astoria is a middle-class and commercial neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, bounded by the East River and is adjacent to three other Queens neighborhoods: Long Island City, Sunnyside (bordering at Northern Boulevard), and Woodside (bordering at 50th Street). It is located in Community Board 1, and is patrolled by the New York City Police Department’s 114th Precinct. As of 2016, Astoria has an estimated population of 78,793 The area now known […]