There's something about Astoria's Ditmars neighborhood that truly feels like a community.
Strolling down 31st Street, you may feel like you're in Manhattan, with chains like Artichoke Pizza popping up along the bustling road. But local spots still reign, with restaurants, shops and more owned and operated for decades by Queens residents.
Hop on the N or W and take it to Astoria-Ditmars north of Hoyt Avenue for a true neighborhood experience. Here's where to go while you're there.
Order your go-to at Neptune Diner
Stroll through Astoria Park with your coffee
Slurp on authentic ramen at HinoMaru
Hit The Brass Owl and local thrift shops
Nosh on better-than-bar food at The Ditty
Insider tip: You can catch a weekly free flick
Head to Lefkos Pirgos Café for an authentic Greek treat
Embrace your creativity at Q.E.D.