So I ask, why do you REALLY believe this neighborhood is getting worse? Gentrification by definition flushes out the old and replaces them with the new.

What is not including in the definition is what happens during the "flushing".

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As Entangled noted there are many recently arrived transplants or ex- Manhattanites/ Brooklynites escaping high rents and wanting more space for their (stagnant) incomes.

A lot of them are not wealthy or affluent but mostly entry level workers, freelancers and actors trying to make it like everyone else.

According to DNAinfo for the past couple of months apartments in the surrounding blocks have been dealing with a rash of midday break ins when people are at work.

City Data forum users aren't the only ones who take note of changing demographics) The businesses on Broadway and especially Ditmars are dealing with sidewalk trash problems from people visiting the area and especially weekend revelers going bar hopping which makes people who have never been to the area before think it must be sketchy area. ANd while the mcmansions here are $$$$..can still pick up a condo or co-op for a good price. Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. Over ,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum.

Most people we talked to are from the north, south and west.

It's amazing, it really almost feels like an isolated town with a completely transient population.

She has been there for 12 years, and he has been their lifelong...like Astoria but despise the people moving in as rude and condescending.

They are both working class ethnics (She is PR, he is Hungarian I believe) and they are continually complaining about the Manhattan transplants and/or white bread-sex in the city-wannabe actors-you have to be rude like other NYers-obnoxious-newbies.

I don't think Astoria is becoming a bad area, and there is no evidence to support that either. Thanks for the pics, but these are the exception in Astoria, not the rule.