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While some professionals have been drawn to Astoria for its close proximity to Manhattan via the N/W subway lines and the NYC Ferry, this section of Queens has emerged as a powerhouse in its own right. A recent survey from Time Out New York found Astoria’s 30th Avenue to be the coolest street in the city. One factor in this designation is an eclectic dining scene that goes well beyond the diners and Greek restaurants that once defined the area. Among the independent restaurants and New York City chains is Blend Astoria, a Latin American staple and recent winner of the inaugural Alfresco Awards for best outdoor dining space; of the seven restaurant winners, it was the only one from Queens.
Moreover, Astoria has cultivated a vibrant cultural scene. Astoria Bookshop is the literary heart of the neighborhood, which is also home to the Museum of the Moving Image, Socrates Sculpture Park, and the Noguchi Museum. But as the Welling Court Mural Project shows, artists and art-lovers need not be confined to museums. Not bad for a once-quiet riverfront stretch named to curry favor with the then-richest man in America!

“Queens is getting the cool factor” - Bianca Colasuonno, Compass

Price is undoubtedly a lure for the new residents behind this influx. A spokesperson for The Rowan, a record-breaking luxury condo in Astoria, described its buyers as mostly New York-area residents seeking more space and finding greater value here as compared to Manhattan, Brooklyn, and even Long Island City. Bianca Colasuonno of Compass concurs, saying, “We are drawing many people priced out of Manhattan and Brooklyn…[Queens] is more affordable, low-rise, and there is easier access to parking and parks.”
Census-Data-01 Data via U.S. Census Bureau
However, Queens’ growth goes beyond one hip section of Astoria: According to early data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, Queens reached a new record population of 2,405,464 people, or a gain of 7.8 percent second only to Brooklyn. Indeed, if Queens was its own city, it would be the country’s fourth-largest after Chicago and Los Angeles. In contrast, Manhattan's population increased by 6.8 percent.
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Those planning to move to Astoria certainly have options. It is certainly possible to find a single-family home in New York City around here, but Ms. Colasuonno cautions that most of these are older homes in need of renovation. Fortunately, the area is in the midst of a multi-family building boomlet catering to buyers and renters alike. Developer Cape Advisors chose the neighborhood for Astoria West, its first outer-borough project, with founder and CEO Craig Wood expressing optimism about the area.

Mr. Wood is far from the only one to take an interest in the area. Below, we take a look at the most interesting new developments to rise in Astoria, as well as submarkets like Ditmars/Steinway, Dutch Kills, Astoria Heights, and Hallett's Cove. Indeed, it is precisely because of the sheer number of projects that new buildings will be added incrementally.

From the Listing: Freshly renovated one bedroom with eye catching unobstructed views of the East River, Upper Manhattan and the RFK (Triboro) Bridge. A spacious living room with laminate flooring and huge windows to enjoy sensational sunsets. Kitchen is designed with stainless steel appliances including a Fisher & Paykel dishwasher. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Sunny east exposure and treetop views from this rarely available three bedroom unit in North Queensview. Oversized windows line the wall of the large living room/dining area, leading in from a pass-thru kitchen for easy entertaining. Sun-filled bedrooms with plenty of windows also feature closets, adding extra storage space to total 5 closets plus walk-in closet near the front door. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This 2 family is the best of both worlds: a spacious owner’s duplex on the first and second floors + a legal rental on the top floor. The building size of 20x38 over three floors allows for 2280 sq ft of living space not including the fully finished basement. Enter the renovated, open concept living room, formal dining room, and updated kitchen separated from the dining room by an island. The kitchen with granite countertops and updated cabinetry opens to the private, fenced-in rear yard. See floor plan and full details here.

Design by DXA Studio
Developed by RockFarmer Properties
7 Floors | 46 Condos
6 availabilities from $750K - $2.2M

21-21-31st-Street-01 All renderings of The Rowan via Redundant Pixel
21-21-31st-Street-02 Model unit via Adam Kane Macchia
The Rowan launched sales roughly around the time New York went on lockdown, but that does not seem to have hurt it - the building has broken Astoria sales records twice and recently surpassed 70 percent sold. All apartments feature European-style oversized windows, white oak flooring, hand-selected details, and a well-appointed kitchen and baths with high-end finishes and appliances. Approximately half the units have private outdoor space, and all residents have access to the building's fitness center, children's playroom, indoor/outdoor lounge, sensory garden, and roof terrace. Closings are expected to commence later this summer.

Design by Gerald J. Caliendo Architects
Developed by Gold Sun Estates LLC
6 Floors | 10 Condos
10 availabilities from $820K - $1.3M

27-04-Astoria-Boulevard-01 All images of The Vitoria via Keller Williams
The 10 one-bedroom units at The Vitoria comprise eight apartments with private balconies, a garden unit with a private backyard, and a penthouse with a large private terrace. Interiors feature floor-to-ceiling casement windows, kitchens with custom Italian cabinetry and Samsung stainless steel appliances, baths with radiant heated floors and glass-enclosed shower, and Brilliant's All-in-One smart home control system. Amenities include a gym, complimentary bike storage, private storage for purchase, and a landscaped roof deck with 360-degree city views.

Design by Gerald J. Caliendo Architects
Developed by Nema 1 Realty LLC
5 Floors | 10 Condos
4 availabilities from $358K - $669K

14-11-31st-Avenue-01 All images of The Bevy via Modern Spaces
Shortly after NYC Ferry service was expanded, sales launched at The Bevy, a new boutique condo near the East River waterfront. The collection of studio and one-bedroom units features floor-to-ceiling windows, flexible layouts, kitchens with premium KitchenAid appliances, in-unit washer/dryers, and, in many units, private outdoor space. A 15-year 421a tax abatement is in effect, and amenities include storage, parking (for an additional fee), and a roof deck with panoramic skyline views.

19-14-21st-Road-01 All images of Astoria Park North via Compass
Two blocks south of Astoria Park and down the street from The Rowan, a new boutique condominium launched sales last summer. All units open up to private outdoor space accessed by sliding glass doors, and interiors feature oversized windows, kitchens with floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and state-of-the-art appliances, closets with custom build-outs, in-unit washer/dryers, and wiring for high-speed internet and wall-hung TVs. Amenities include a fitness studio, pet spa, private storage, and common roof deck with BBQ grills and 360-degree views.

Design by TLI Architect, PLLC
Developed by GBT Real Estate LLC
6 Floors | 9 Condos
3 availabilities from $585K - $1.1M

11-28-31st-Drive-01 All images of Eleven28 via Modern Spaces
Located just where Long Island City meets Astoria, a commercial building was expanded into a six-story condominium. Only one or two units per floor allow for excellent privacy, and all apartments feature expansive windows, birch wood flooring, well-crafted kitchens, and chic baths. Select units have private outdoor space, and all residents benefit from easy access to Socrates Sculpture Park and the best dining in both Long Island City and Astoria.

Design by Tan Architect
Developed by The Danzig Group and Chasella Capital Partners
5 Floors | 25 Condos
4 availabilities from $629K - $799K

23-43-31st-Road-01 All images of The Alexandra via Triplemint
Shortly after The Rowan launched sales, The Alexandra came on the real estate scene with an ash brick facade, private outdoor space in several units, and a generous amenities package. All apartments offer traditional design palettes, white oak flooring throughout, kitchens with quartz countertops and high-end appliances, and primary baths with radiant heated floors and Kohler fixtures. Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, virtual doorman, residents' lounge, bike storage, private parking and storage for purchase, and a landscaped rooftop with dining areas and lounge seating.

Design by Fogarty Finger
Developed by Cape Advisors and Wainbridge Capital
8 Floors | 534 Rental Units

In April 2021, Cape Advisors announced that construction had topped out at Astoria West, a three-building development taking shape on a two-and-a-half-acre waterfront site catty-corner to the Socrates Sculpture Garden and the Astoria ferry stop. The project will comprise 534 studio through two-bedroom units (30 percent of which will be affordable), and amenities are set to include a fitness center, game room, courtyard, indoor and outdoor coworking lounges, and a rooftop pool and lounge area with 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline.
30-77-Vernon-Boulevard-01 All renderings via Pax Brooklyn, courtesy of Fogarty Finger

32-02 Vernon Boulevard

Design by Gerald J. Caliendo Architects
Developed by Cipco Construction
14 Floors | 330 Rental Units

32-02-Vernon-Boulevard-01 Rendering via Gerald J. Caliendo Architects
In October 2019, the City Council voted to approve the rezoning of an irregularly-shaped block bounded by Vernon Boulevard and Broadway, 33rd Road, 10th Street, and 11th Street. The rezoning from a residential low-density district to a residential medium-density district will allow a proposed three-building development to go forward. The project will cover a total of 315,966 square feet and bring new community space, underground parking, a landscaped open space, and a total of 330 new housing units (92 of which would be permanently affordable) to the neighborhood. Permits have not yet been filed for the site, which is currently occupied by a one-story warehouse and garage.

31-07 31st Street

Design by SLCE Architects
Developed by HANAC and Mega Development LLC
12 Floors | 135 Senior Housing Units

31-07-31st-Street-01 Rendering via NYC Housing Preservation & Development
In January 2021, the Department of Housing Preservation & Development announced the selection of a development team that will transform a vacant City-owned site into a new mixed-use development. The project is part of the city's Seniors First initiative; as such, it will contain 135 affordable senior housing units, 30 percent of which will be set aside for the formerly homeless. Social services will be on site, and amenities will include a backyard and rooftop terrace. The development will also offer commercial retail space and a standalone community center with technology training, job skills development, substance abuse support, and counseling for LGBTQ seniors. The project will be financed through the Senior Affordable Rental Apartments Program, but an estimated completion date is not yet available.

Wildflower Studios

Design by Bjarke Ingels Group
Developed by WF Industrial IV LLC
715,000 square feet

Wildflower-Studios-01 All renderings of Wildflower Studios via Bjarke Ingels Group
Films and television shows like the Marx Brothers' Animal Crackers, The Wiz, The Money Pit, Sesame Street, and Orange is the New Black have been shot at Kaufman Astoria Studios (once known as the Paramount Studio), and Astoria is committed to being a part of the future of film: An environmental assessment form has been submitted for Wildflower Studios, a new facility helmed by Robert De Niro and described as a "vertical village" on top of a former Steinway & Sons piano storage facility.

The proposed studio would feature approximately 416,000 square feet of production space - sound stages, dressing rooms/wardrobe areas, pre- and post-production rooms, common areas, and hospitality areas - as well as approximately 251,000 square feet of loading facilities, 310 attended off-street parking spaces, and mechanical rooms. The project would also feature a waterfront public access area along Luyster Creek with a circulation path, seating, and landscaping, not to mention protections in response to rising waters caused by climate change. Site preparation began in late 2020; construction is expected to start in 2021 pending the approval of the rezoning and permits, and completion is estimated for the fourth quarter of 2023.

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