Northwestern Queens: Astoria

Astoria is a middle class primarily Greek neighborhood in northwestern Queens. Named after America’s first millionaire John Jacob Astor in 1839, Astoria was and still is a highly commercial and industrial town. The first settlers of Astoria were Dutch and German, but today the neighborhood is a true melting pot. Although primarily Greek, Astoria boasts heavy accents of Italy, Albania, Bangladesh, The Middle East, Brazil, and Mexico.

Pictured is the Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall, located on 24th Ave. The German establishment opened in 1919, making it the oldest beer garden in all of New York City.

According to Census, Astoria suffered a population loss of over 10,000 residents, the greatest loss in NYC.

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