Astoria

Queens , NY

The area now known as Astoria was originally called Hallett’s Cove, after its first landowner William Hallet, who settled there in 1652 with his wife, Elizabeth Fones. Beginning in the early 19th century, affluent New Yorkers constructed large residences around 12th and 14th streets, an area that later became known as Astoria Village (now Old Astoria). The area was renamed for John Jacob Astor, then the wealthiest man in America with a net worth of more than $40 million, in order to persuade him to invest in the neighborhood. He only invested $500, but the name stayed nonetheless, Astor, however, never actually set foot in Astoria.
Astoria and several other surrounding villages, including Steinway, were incorporated into Long Island City in 1870. Long Island City remained an independent municipality until it was incorporated into New York City in 1898. The area’s farms were turned into housing tracts and street grids to accommodate the growing number of residents.

Astoria also figured prominently in early American filmmaking as one of its initial centers. That heritage is preserved today by the Museum of the Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studios.

Location

Astoria is bounded by the East River and is adjacent to Long Island City, Sunnyside, and Woodside.

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Astoria Park Pool and Play Center
Astoria Park, 19 19th Street, Astoria, NY, USA

STATUS: Designated Individual Landmark

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Designated: June 20,2006 This recreational center was built in 1936 with funding provided by the Works Progress Administration, an agency LEARN MORE
Designated: June 20,2006 This recreational center was built in 1936 with funding provided by the Works Progress Administration, an agency LEARN MORE
Sohmer & Company Piano Factory Building
31-01 Vernon Boulevard, Astoria, NY, USA

STATUS: Designated Individual Landmark

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Designated: February 27, 2007 This is one of the most prominent buildings along the Queens side of the East River. LEARN MORE
Designated: February 27, 2007 This is one of the most prominent buildings along the Queens side of the East River. LEARN MORE
Lawrence Family Graveyard
Queens, NY, 11105, USA

STATUS: Designated Individual Landmark

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Designated: April 19, 1966 Various members of the Lawrence family held prominent positions in the city, and this graveyard serves LEARN MORE
Designated: April 19, 1966 Various members of the Lawrence family held prominent positions in the city, and this graveyard serves LEARN MORE
Steinway House
18-33 41st Street, Long Island City, NY, USA

STATUS: Designated Individual Landmark

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Designated: February 15, 1967 This structure represents the Italianate villa style, with well-balanced and diverse elements. The Steinway and House LEARN MORE
Designated: February 15, 1967 This structure represents the Italianate villa style, with well-balanced and diverse elements. The Steinway and House LEARN MORE
Sidewalk Clock, 30-78 Steinway Street

STATUS: Designated Individual Landmark

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Designated: August 25, 1981 Introduced in the 1860s, cast-iron street clocks were popular both as everyday conveniences and as novel LEARN MORE
Designated: August 25, 1981 Introduced in the 1860s, cast-iron street clocks were popular both as everyday conveniences and as novel LEARN MORE
Paramount Studios Building No.1 (Kaufman Astoria Studios)
35-11 35th Street, Astoria, NY, USA

STATUS: Designated Individual Landmark

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Designated: March 14, 1978 This building was constructed in reinforced and cast concrete with terra cotta and masonry block used LEARN MORE
Designated: March 14, 1978 This building was constructed in reinforced and cast concrete with terra cotta and masonry block used LEARN MORE