After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.My childhood friend got married to a local Astoria resident, and moved to Astoria.

Like any other neighborhood in NYC use street smarts and trust your instincts, I lived there for a year and had no issues with crime and never witnessed anything that made me think of moving away (unlike some areas of the other boroughs...)Where I lived in Astoria (by Ditmars, about a 10 minute walk to the N/W), everyone on the block has owned their homes for generations. I am not scared of being anywhere in nyc, probably to a fault at times, but break ins scare the crappolla out of me. Window guards will help prevent break ins most of the time, unless you leave your front door unlocked/ open. SO here I sit in Southwestern Queens..my little condo in Howard Beach.

My landlord lived upstairs from me (he'd owned the house for many years), and above them there was a young couple (not sure where they were from though). And I grew up in both Queens and LI, so I'm not a transplant. Twice I had someone try to break into it in the middle of the night. I used to think windows with "bars" (as I called them when I was new to the city) were a sign of a bad area but you'll notice even on the UES and high income areas of Manhattan apartments with window guards on the first few floors. Anyways, fast forward to 2006 when I was condo hunting and those damned hipsters priced me out of MY neighborhood.

Homeless getting on and off at the last stop on the N/Q could make people checking out the area jump to conclusions. You walk into Dunkin Donuts or Waldbaum's and you WILL bump into someone and chit chat for a minute or two.

Astoria in general is pretty safe (except around 21st Street near the projects); Queens has some of the safest and most affordable neighborhoods in NYC besides Staten Island.

They stormed the charts with Bohemian Rhapsody in the 70's (the version on the Greatest album is 5'58'')this includes rock, ballad and choral music - something not achieved by many people.

They shamelessly wrote about the brilliance of gurls with fat asses *cheers to self tht someone appreciates us!

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.

I heard somewhere since 2000 Astoria lost 10,000 residents.