opened in August, offering a scenic view of the skyline and a quick, hassle-free way to get between the boroughs for $2.75 — the same price as the subway. It also stops at Long Island City and Roosevelt Island, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to explore more of the city’s waterfront. From the Astoria landing, it is an easy and pleasant walk into the heart of the neighborhood. Take Astoria Boulevard to Vernon Boulevard until it turns into Main Street. Take a right from Main Street onto 30th Avenue and continue until you reach your next Astoria destination.
(East 35th Street at FDR Drive, Pier 11 in Manhattan and 3-10 Astoria Blvd. in Queens)
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this outdoor museum along the waterfront. The park features a rotation of pieces by city-based artists in exhibitions throughout the year. The 2017 Socrates Annual featured Tanda Francis’ “Take Me With You” (pictured), meant to address the scarcity of clean water. Sreshta Rit Premnath’s “Only One Way” combines “thumbs’ up” and other symbols with a series of slumping figures. The park is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to sundown. (32-01 Vernon Blvd.)” data-id=”115100366″ data-link=”https://amnewyork.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/7498_image.jpg” class=”wp-image-1.15100366″/> Photo Credit: Shaye Weaver
Welling Court Mural Project. Colors, shapes and words seem to pop off the buildings as you pass by. New Yorkers and artists from around the world, including Abe Lincoln Jr., Lady Pink, Magda Love and Icy & Sot, have contributed to the project. You’ll see political cartoons (President Donald Trump as a spoiled child), inspirational quotes (“Do or do not. There is no try,” by “Star Wars” icon Yoda), grotesque and dark characters (a terrifying octopus), as well as beautiful and peaceful murals (a group of boys in a boat). (Start at 30th Avenue at 12th Street)” data-id=”115100791″ data-link=”https://amnewyork.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/7687_image.jpg” class=”wp-image-1.15100791″/> Photo Credit: Shaye Weaver
locally owned shop offers handcrafted drinks, including a chai latte with cinnamon (pictured), and a selection of delicious baked goods from Amy’s Bread and Ceci Cela, like an almond croissant. The space offers an intimate place to work or chat with friends over a cup of coffee and is centrally located. It’s a block from the 30th Avenue subway stop and a quick walk to other Astoria haunts. The couple that owns it, Dennis Lee and Liz Wick, ran Astoria Coffee Delivery before starting the brick-and-mortar shop in 2014. (30-04 30th St. at 30th Avenue)” data-id=”115100707″ data-link=”https://amnewyork.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/25862_image.jpg” class=”wp-image-1.15100707″/> Photo Credit: Shaye Weaver
Michelin Guide, but it’s worth the wait. But when you do get seated, you can count on getting large portions, fresh food and good service. Try the fried or grilled calamari and the Greek salad (pictured) to start. The salmon steak or filet of sole with a side of lemon potatoes is a great option for an entree. Taverna Kyclades also gives you a complimentary blackberry yogurt dessert when you think you’re done. (3307 Ditmars Blvd.)” data-id=”115100797″ data-link=”https://amnewyork.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/22942_image.jpg” class=”wp-image-1.15100797″/> Photo Credit: Shaye Weaver
The bakery is also well known for its creative, made-to-order cakes, including a Burn Book from “Mean Girls.” (29-14 30th Ave.)” data-id=”115100796″ data-link=”https://amnewyork.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/image-13.jpg” class=”wp-image-1.15100796″/> Photo Credit: Shaye Weaver
This Queens neighborhood has it all — it’s the hometown to stars like Tony Bennett, Cyndi Lauper and Christopher Walken, and has been featured in films (“GoodFellas,” “Serpico”) and was the setting for “All in the Family.” And, it’s become hot spot for good restaurants and bars. As more young professionals move in – drawn by the quick trip to midtown – the options keep expanding alongside the longtime businesses.
It is impossible to hit all the best that Astoria has to offer in just one day because there’s just too much — Astoria Bier & Cheese, Mom’s, the LetLove Inn, Astoria Park and all of Steinway Street — but we’ve taken on the challenge of putting together a list of things you won’t want to miss.