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Published June 14th 2011
Astoria, Queens is a neighborhood in the borough of Queens, New York City. The neighborhood lies in the northwestern part of the borough. It is considered a part of Long Island City.
Astoria, Queens is a very popular place to live. Part of the reason for this is its close proximity to Manhattan as well as the other New York City boroughs. Many bus and subway lines run to and from Astoria, making it easy to travel to and from any of the surrounding areas.
In addition, LaGuardia Airport is located very close to Astoria, Queens. This is one of the two international airports in New York City, and sees thousands of travelers each day.
Flying into LaGuardia is a good way to start your NYC vacation. You're already close to Astoria, so why not fly in early and spend a day in this neighborhood before continuing on to Manhattan? There are so many things to see and do you'll be glad you did.
What to see first
Whatever you decide to do, head to Astoria Park. Here you'll find walking trails to stroll down, playgrounds for the children to unwind on, and some of the most beautiful views you can imagine. The park sits on the edge of the East River, and the shoreline scenery is magnificent.
Where to from here?
By now, you're probably hungry. Astoria Park Pizza II is right there at 34-20 34th Avenue. Enjoy some pizza, Greek, or Spanish food, then stroll down to Socrates Sculpture Park.
At this park, you can actually see artisans creating their sculptures as well as view some of their finished works. This is the only outdoor sculpture park in New York City that allows artists to work "in-residence"; that is, in a permanent studio setting that just happens to be outdoors.
I'm hungry again.
That's all right, because you have a lot of restaurants to choose from. Try Agnanti Meze at 19-06 Ditmars Boulevard. It serves authentic Greek food, including dishes that are common to the region of Constantinople. This should not surprise you, because Astoria is home to the largest Greek population in New York City.