Astoria has always been the home to strivers and dreamers. In the early 1800s the village of Hallet’s Cove was re-named Astoria in hopes that John Jacob Astor, the first millionaire in the United States, would invest there. Although he reportedly never set foot in Astoria, America’s richest man eventually gave the village $500 and the name stuck.
This northwestern section of Queens, where three bridges – the Queensboro, the Triborough, and the Hell Gate – cross the East River, is the traditional center of Greek life in America. Today, long-time residents are joined by newcomers from around the world and Astoria has become one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the nation, filled with those pursuing their own American dreams.
Triborough Bridge seen from inside the subway station
View from subway station stairs
Welcome to the neighborhood
We speak German, Polish, Spanish, French, Greek
Pedestrian and sidewalk mural
Selecting oranges outside of a Greek market
A proud gardener tending his fig trees
In a quiet corner of the Triborough Bridge Playground