Astoria is one of the neighborhoods in the western region of Queens, New York City, New York. The East River borders Astoria and is adjacent to three other Queens neighborhoods: Long Island City to the southwest, Sunnyside to the southeast, and Woodside towards the East. In 2019, Astoria was estimated to have a population of 95,446 people.
The first name was Hallet’s (or Hallett’s) Cove in honor of the initial landowner William Hallet settled there in 1652 with his wife, Elizabeth Fones. Hallet’s Cove was officially incorporated in 1839 on the 12th of April. It was later named after John Jacob Astor, then the richest person in the United States, to persuade Astor to put money into the region. In the second period, during the first decade of the 19th century, the growth of commerce and economics accelerated the number of immigrants. Astoria and several other nearby villages were included in Long Island City in 1870 and the City of Greater New York in 1898. The commercial activity continued throughout the twentieth century, with the region being a major location for producing films and industries.
The Astoria area was originally known as Hallet’s Cove (also spelled Hallett’s Cove). The first landowner, William Hallet (or Hallett), established himself in 1652, along with his wife, Elizabeth Fones. This peninsula is bordered to its northern part by Hell Gate, west by the East River, and south by Sunswick Creek. Hallet purchased the property in 1664. He was a descendant of two local chiefs, Shawestcont and Erramorhar. A&E NYC Plumbing
The region south of Astoria was called Ravenswood; historically, Broadway was considered the boundary between the two. However, many businesses and residents located south of Broadway are referred to as Astorians to show their status or convenience. Long Island City has historically been regarded as an industrial zone, and Ravenswood is now mostly an area with low income. Certain major roads have been attributed to informal terms that refer to the communities they serve. For example, the eastern portion of Astoria, which has Steinway Street as its main avenue, is often called “Steinway,” and the northern part of the city around Ditmars Boulevard is often known as “Ditmars,” with their intersection being known as “Ditmars-Steinway.” Banners on lamp posts along 30th Avenue refer to it as “the Heart of Astoria.”
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