Northwestern Queens: Astoria

Astoria Houses is a low-income New York City Housing Authority development. It is bordered by 27th Ave, 8th Street, Hallet’s Cove and the East River. Astoria Houses was completed in 1951. It consists of 22 buildings, 1102 apartments and houses 3,135 people. Astoria Houses sits on Hallets Point, a peninsula that juts out into the East River.

Pictured is the entrance to Hallets Cove Playground located at Vernon Boulevard and Main Ave. Hallets Cove features a basketball court, children’s playground and handball courts. Hallets Cove is also an official kayak/canoe launch site.

Former NCAA basketball legend & WNBA All-Star Chamique Holdsclaw was born and raised in Astoria Houses.

The History section is in collaboration with Steve Vazquez of Queenscapes.