M103, Q102, Q18, and Q19 busses between 27 Avenue and 2nd Street
Neighborhood Fun Facts
Astoria, Queens, is known as one of New York City’s most diverse communities. It is hard to walk more than a few blocks without hearing a handful of languages spoken while passing restaurants serving cuisines from all corners of the globe!
The neighborhood known as Astoria was originally called Hallett’s Cove, after its first landowner William Hallett who settled in the area in 1652. Later, the area was renamed for the (then) wealthiest man in America, John Jacob Astor, who actually never set foot in Astoria, but enjoyed looking at the village named in his honor from Manhattan’s 87th Street. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astoria,_Queens)
Motion picture studios were opened in 1920 by the Famous Players – Lasky Corporation at 35th Avenue between 34th and 37th streets in Astoria, just across the East River from the company’s headquarters in Manhattan. Between 1921 and the time the company became known as Paramount in 1927, about one quarter of its films were made there (the rest were made in Hollywood). (Source: http://www.astoria.org/astoria-history.html)