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Astoria Pride

Posted by Beth on September 2, 2009

View of RFK bridge from Astoria

View of the RFK bridge from Astoria, courtesy of Flickr

There’s always a trade-off. When I made the move over the Queensboro Bridge to my cozy one-bedroom in Astoria four years ago, it was the siren call of (unbelievably) cheap rent that caused me to forsake Manhattan. It definitely wasn’t my first choice in nabes. I’m more of a brownstone Brooklyn kind of girl, and Astoria’s odd, unplanned architectural mix is definitely not as aesthetically appealing. On the other hand, I appreciated this hood for its great ethnic food, low-key vibe, and many conveniences (laundromats on every corner; supermarket and wine shop right by the subway stop; quick commute). Unfortunately, there weren’t many business owners making design a priority—something I took for granted back in “the city.” Sure, I could pick up amazing Thai and, of course, Greek food, right around the corner, but did I actually want to spend time in these establishments? Hell no. In my opinion, that was the one thing that kept Astoria from becoming the next Williamsburg or Cobble Hill, which are both brimming with so many cute boutiques and restaurants, there’s almost no need to go into Manhattan. Thankfully, some savvy Astorians have been slowly changing the landscape of the neighborhood, one restaurant, shop, and bar at a time, giving me ever more reasons to stay local. Starting next week, I’ll be featuring some of my favorite discoveries as an occasional feature on the blog. Keep an eye out.


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