Queens Community Board 1 covers all of Astoria, parts of Long Island City, and Woodside, Queens. Our boundaries are: North – East River, Bowery Bay, East – 81st Street, Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, South – Queens Plaza No., Northern Boulevard, LIRR Tracks and West – East River.
- We are the most ethnically mixed community in New York City and possibly in the world with over 118 nationalities. We have a large immigrant population, and the largest Middle Eastern community in Queens.
- Our commercial areas provide the best eateries. We have as many ethnically diverse restaurants as we do populations. We also have more sidewalk cafes than all of Queens combined.
- We are home to the old Paramount Movie Studios built in 1920, which is now the Kaufman Astoria Studios. It still continues to be a full production facility with the largest sound stage on the East Coast, second in the United States.
- We have the Museum of the Moving Image, dedicated to the history of the film industry, the Noguchi Museum, Athens Square Park, and Socrates Sculpture Park, as well as the Steinway Piano Factory. Astoria was named for John Jacob Astor and was incorporated in 1838.
- Our Commercial Districts provide a wide range of shopping. Northern Boulevard has mega stores such as Home Depot, Marshalls, Sports Authority, and Best Buy, as well as the many automobile dealerships. Steinway Street is considered the longest retail shopping street in New York City.
- Queens Plaza is the gateway into Queens from Manhattan, and is being developed with high rise residential buildings and hotels.
- Our waterfront area provides the very best views of the City’s skyline, especially Astoria Park’s Shore Boulevard. The Hellsgate Waterway, the most treacherous in the United States, where on June 15, 1904, 1,027 people lost their lives in the Slocum Ferry Fire is located in the waters beneath the Triborough Bridge. Visually and historically adept, our waterfront is the future for development in our community.
- Our community is stable, safe, and housing prices are reasonable. It is the best place to live in New York City.