What’s in Astoria, Queens, New York
What’s the History Of Astoria?
Astoria was originally called “Hallett’s Cove” when the first landowner settled there. William Hallet and his wife, Elizabeth, made this there home in 1652. In the early 19th century, residental buildings were built and the area later became known as Asoria. Many German immigrants brought new job opportunities, one being Steinway & Sons, a piano company founded in 1853. Astoria became a central place for filmmaking. Today, Astoria is being redeveloped and revitalized, especially along the waterfront.
What are the demographics?
Predominantly white (49 percent), Astoria has a total population of 78,000 residents. Twenty-six percent are Hispanic or Latino, 16 percent are Asian, and 4 percent are black. The median income is $66,000 a year. Most residents are middle-aged with 41 percent being between 25 and 44.
Museum of the Moving Image
Museum of the Moving Image is a museum dedicated to the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of film, television, and digital media. Screenings, public discussions, and live performances happen here every week. This is the only museum dedicated to the art, history, technique, and technology of the moving image in the United States.
Socrates Sculpture Park
The area where this park sits used to be a landfill and illegal dumpsite until 1986 when artists and resident members under the leadership of Mark di Suvero transformed it into an open-space studio. Today, Socrates Sculpture Park is world-renowned for its space and sculptures. Visit from 9 am to sundown every day of the year. Admission is free.
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