The neighborhood of Astoria is one of the most convenient and lively neighborhoods of Queens to rent an apartment. In addition to having two main subway lines (N,W trains on 31st Street and R,V trains on Broadway) running through the neighborhood there are two bridges that lead to Manhattan for easy access.
The neighborhood is known for its high quality Greek and Italian restaurants as well as Steinway Street, the main shopping drag. Another advantage in Astoria is the Astoria Park which runs along the East River for several blocks and offers panoramic views of the east side of Manhattan, Roosevelt Island and the Triboro Bridge.
The American Museum of the Moving Image (www.movingimage.us/site/site.php) is located in Astoria at the site of the former Kaufman Studios. The neighborhood is enjoyable because you can often find neighbors sitting on their front porches socializing with the locals.
Apartment rentals can at times be difficult to come by in Astoria because many people that choose to live in Astoria often stay for many years. Reasonable priced roommate situations in Queens can often be found between $600 and $800 per month with spacious bedroom and short walks to the subway. Studio and one bedroom apartment generally range from $1200 to $2000 and larger Queens apartments begin at $1500 and increase in price to over $3000 per month. The average subway trip to Grand Central Station from Astoria is about 15 minutes and to Times Square about 20 minutes.
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