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The peninsula was bordered to the north by Hell Gate , to the west by the East River , and the south by Sunswick Creek. Astor, however, never actually set foot in Astoria. Later on, the Steinways built a sawmill and foundry, as well as a streetcar line.
The family eventually established Steinway Village for their workers, a company town that provided school instruction in German as well as English. Long Island City remained an independent municipality until it was incorporated into the City of Greater New York in Today, much of the Astoria waterfront is being redeveloped and underutilized industrial sites in forgotten historic neighborhoods are being revived.
Hallets Point is one of five former industrial sites on the waterfront being transformed, and will bring seven new mixed-use residential towers, including 2, market-rate units and affordable units, into the neighborhood. These waterfront projects were designed by a New York architectural firm, in conjunction with private developers, city agencies, and landscape architects.
Based on data from the United States Census , the combined population of these areas was ,, a decrease of 17, Covering an area of 2, Hispanic or Latino of any race were Taking into account the three census tabulation areas, the White and Asian populations both actually increased in Old Astoria, but decreased enough in Astoria and Steinway to cause an overall decrease; on the other hand, the Black population decreased in Old Astoria and increased equivalently in the other regions.
Based on this calculation, as of [update] , Community District 1 is considered to be gentrifying : according to the Community Health Profile, the district was low-income in and has seen above-median rent growth up to Many Irish settled in the area during the waves of Irish immigration into New York City during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Italians were the next significant immigrants in Astoria, and numerous Italian restaurants, delis, bakeries, and pizza shops are found throughout Astoria, particularly in the Ditmars Boulevard area.
Jews were also a significant ethnic and religious group. The Astoria Center of Israel , which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places , was built in after outgrowing the former Congregation Mishkan Israel, which was built in This cultural imprint can be seen in the numerous Greek restaurants, bakeries, tavernas , and cafes, as well as several Greek Orthodox churches. While the population of Greeks in Astoria was 22, in , it dropped to 18, by due to decreased immigration and lower birth rates.
In the s, Steinway Street between 28th Avenue and Astoria Boulevard saw the establishment of many Arabic shops, restaurants, and cafes, which is unofficially called "Little Egypt", due to the number of Arabs residing there and the mostly Egyptian shops and lounges there.
Croatians from Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina have been numerous since the s and their numbers continue to grow. New populations of South American and Balkan peoples have seen significant growth since the early s, including a large population of Brazilians , who reside in the 36th Avenue area. Albanians , Bulgarians , Serbs , and Bosnians have also shown a rise in numbers.
At one time, many Bangladeshi Americans settled in Astoria, but by , many of them had moved to Metro Detroit. A survey of an Astoria-area Bengali language newspaper estimated that, in an month period until March , 8, Bangladeshi people moved to the Detroit area.
However, as of , the Bangladeshi American community in Astoria has been increasing. There is some debate as to what constitutes the geographic boundaries of Astoria. The area south of Astoria was called Ravenswood, and traditionally, Broadway was considered the border between the two.
Today, however, many residents and businesses south of Broadway identify themselves as Astorians for convenience or status, since Long Island City has historically been considered an industrial area , and Ravenswood is now mostly a low-income neighborhood. Some of the thoroughfares have lent their names to unofficial terms for the areas they serve.
For instance, the eastern end of Astoria, with Steinway Street as its main thoroughfare, is sometimes referred to simply as "Steinway", and the northern end around Ditmars Boulevard is sometimes referred to as "Ditmars", with their convergence point bearing the neighborhood name "Ditmars-Steinway".
George Gibbs , a businessman from New York City who developed it. Gibbs died in , and the land was divided into nine parcels by three developers. From , there were several mansions built on this land, but the high class housing did not survive. The spring of brought the opening of a post office of its own and country store "run by Messrs. Samuel H. Moore of that firm received the appointment of postmaster, handling the mails in a corner of the store.
By , Ravenswood was heavily commercial, and remains so to this day. However, the name has retained its residential character through the New York City Housing Authority project that was built in to with this name between 34th and 36th Avenues, and 12th and 24th Streets. The name also identifies the large electric power station established along the shore of the East River, just south of the Roosevelt Island Bridge.
It is mostly a quiet middle class neighborhood of one- and two-family private homes. The Smiths, who bought the house in , have been restoring it for many years. The annual public tour was given usually in mid-September by the owners for the benefit of a local historical society, but has since ceased to occur. Places of interest[ edit ].
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