The area was originally called Hallet's (or Hallett's) Cove after its first landowner William Hallet, who settled there in 1652 with his wife,
Elizabeth Fones. Hallet's Cove was incorporated on April 12, 1839, and was later renamed for
John Jacob Astor, then the wealthiest man in the United States, in order to persuade him to invest in the area. During the second half of the 19th century, economic and commercial growth brought increased immigration. Astoria and several other surrounding villages were incorporated into
Long Island City in 1870, which in turn was incorporated into the
City of Greater New York in 1898. Commercial activity continued through the 20th century, with the area being a center for filmmaking and industry.
The area now known as Astoria was originally called Hallet's Cove (also spelled Hallett's Cove), after its first landowner William Hallet, (or Hallett) who settled there in 1652 with his wife,
Elizabeth Fones. The peninsula was bordered to the north by
Hell Gate, to the west by the
East River, and the south by
Sunswick Creek.: 96 Hallet bought the land in 1664 from two native chiefs named Shawestcont and Erramorhar.: 84
Beginning in the early 19th century, affluent New Yorkers constructed large residences around 12th and 14th Streets, an area that later became known as Astoria Village (now Old Astoria). Hallet's Cove, incorporated on April 12, 1839 and previously founded by fur merchant Stephen A. Halsey, was a noted recreational destination and resort for Manhattan's wealthy.
The area was renamed for
John Jacob Astor, then the wealthiest man in the United States with a net worth of more than $40 million, in order to persuade him to invest in the neighborhood. He only invested $500, but the name stayed nonetheless, as a bitter battle over naming the village finally was won by Astor's supporters and friends. From Astor's summer home in
Yorkville, Manhattan—on what is now East 87th Street near
York Avenue—he could see across the East River the new
Long Island village named in his honor. Astor, however, never actually set foot in Astoria.
During the second half of the 19th century, economic and commercial growth brought increased immigration from German settlers, mostly furniture and cabinet makers. One such settler was
Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, patriarch of the Steinway family who founded the piano company
Steinway & Sons in 1853, which today is a worldwide piano company. 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. Part of the motivation for locating the Steinway factory in Queens was to keep the workers isolated from the ferment of labor organizing and radicalism occurring in other parts of New York, notably the Lower East Side.
View of Astoria from the Triborough Bridge
Astoria and several other surrounding villages, including Steinway, were incorporated into
Long Island City in 1870. Long Island City remained an independent municipality until it was incorporated into the
City of Greater New York in 1898. The area's farms were turned into housing tracts and street grids to accommodate the growing number of residents.
For census purposes, the New York City government classifies Astoria as part of three neighborhood tabulation areas: Steinway (north of
Grand Central Parkway), Old Astoria (north of 31st Avenue and approximately west of 31st Street), and Astoria (in the remaining area approximately north of
Northern Boulevard / 36th Avenue and approximately west of Hobart Street / 50th Street). Based on data from the
2010 United States Census, the combined population of these areas was 154,141, a decrease of 17,427 (10.2%) from the 171,568 counted in
2000. Covering an area of 2,556.2 acres (1,034.5 ha), the neighborhood had a population density of 60.3 inhabitants per acre (38,600/sq mi; 14,900/km2).
The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 52.2% (80,533)
Non-Hispanic White, 4.7% (7,204) black, 0.2% (250)
Native American, 14.3% (22,100)
Asian, 0.0% (70)
Pacific Islander, 1.0% (1,532) from
other races, and 2.1% (3,238) from two or more races.
Latino of any race were 25.4% (39,214) of the population. The Astoria and Old Astoria tabulation areas had greater Hispanic / Latino and Asian populations, and the Old Astoria area specifically had a greater Black population.
The racial and ethnic composition of Astoria changed significantly from 2000 to 2010. The most significant changes were the decrease in the Other population by 64% (8,919) and the decrease in the Hispanic / Latino population by 13% (5,705). The White majority also decreased by 2% (1,699), while the Asian minority decreased by 5% (1,120), and the change in the small Black population rounded to 0% (11). 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. The decreases in the Hispanic / Latino population and in racial groups, however, were relatively even across the three areas.
The entirety of
Queens Community District 1, which includes Astoria and parts of Long Island City, is bounded to the east approximately by the
Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and 81st Street, and to the south approximately by
Queens Plaza and
Northern Boulevard. It had 199,969 residents according to
NYC Health's 2018 Community Health Profile, with an average life expectancy of 83.4 years.: 2, 20 This is higher than the median life expectancy of 81.2 for all New York City neighborhoods.: 53 (PDF p. 84) Most inhabitants are middle-aged adults and youth: 16% are between the ages of 0–17, 41% between 25 and 44, and 22% between 45 and 64. The ratio of college-aged and elderly residents was lower, at 10% and 12% respectively.: 2
As of 2018[update], the median
household income in Community District 1 was $67,444. In 2018, an estimated 18% of Astoria residents lived in poverty, compared to 19% in all of Queens and 20% in all of New York City. Around 8% of residents were unemployed, compared to 8% in Queens and 9% in New York City. Rent burden, or the percentage of residents who have difficulty paying their rent, is 47% in Astoria, slightly lower than the boroughwide and citywide rates of 53% and 51% respectively. Based on this calculation, as of 2018[update], Community District 1 is considered to be
gentrifying: according to the Community Health Profile, the district was low-income in 1990 and has seen above-median rent growth up to 2010.: 7
Astoria was first settled by the
Dutch, English, and
Germans in the 17th century. 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.
The 1960s saw a large increase of
Greeks, and after
1974, there was an influx of
Cypriots. This cultural imprint can be seen in the numerous Greek restaurants,
tavernas, bakeries, and cafes, as well as several
Greek Orthodox churches. In the late 1960s, a 'Greek Town' neighborhood coalesced in Astoria. From 1960s to 1980s the number of Greeks constantly increased. While the population of Greeks in Astoria was 22,579 in 1980, it dropped to 18,127 by 1990 due to decreased immigration and lower birth rates. During the 2000s, the Greek immigration dropped again. During the 2010s and 2020s
economic issues in Greece caused a resurgence of Greek immigration. Greek organizations in the area include the Hellenic American Action Committee (HANAC) and the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York.
Most of the 20,000
Maltese in New York City live in Astoria, and although this population has steadily been emigrating from the area, there are still many Maltese, supported by the Maltese Center of New York.
Bosnia-Herzegovina have been numerous since the 1960s and their numbers continue to grow. New populations of South American and Balkan peoples have seen significant growth since the early 1990s, including a large population of
Brazilians, who reside in the 36th Avenue area.
Bosnians have also shown a rise in numbers. Many
Spanish Americans live in Astoria, with most of them being of
Galician heritage from Northwestern Spain; this community is supported by the Casa Galicia (Galicia House) and the Circulo Español (Spanish Circle).
At one time, many
Bangladeshi Americans settled in Astoria, but by 2001, many of them had moved to
Metro Detroit. A survey of an Astoria-area Bengali language newspaper estimated that, in an 18-month period until March 2001, 8,000 Bangladeshi people moved to the Detroit area. However, as of 2010, the Bangladeshi American community in Astoria has been increasing.
By the early 21st century, Astoria was one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Queens, with people from around 100 countries residing there as of 2015[update]. Population losses in Queens were particularly high in immigrant neighborhoods such as Astoria, which suffered the greatest population loss in the city, losing more than 10,000 residents between the years 2000 and 2010.
There is some debate as to what constitutes the geographic boundaries of Astoria. The neighborhood was part of
Long Island City prior to the latter's incorporation into the
City of Greater New York in 1898.
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". Banners displayed on lamp posts along 30th Avenue refer to it as "the Heart of Astoria".
The land was acquired in 1814 by Col.
George Gibbs, a businessman from New York City who developed it. Gibbs died in 1833, and the land was divided into nine parcels by three developers. From 1848, there were several mansions built on this land, but the high class housing did not survive. The spring of 1853 brought the opening of a post office of its own and country store "run by Messrs. Moore & Luyster, and Mr. Samuel H. Moore of that firm received the appointment of postmaster, handling the mails in a corner of the store."
Ravenswood, unlike Astoria, never became a village; there was no disposition at any time to become independent as there was insufficient population or commercial activity to justify such a move. Ravenswood remained an exclusive hamlet within the Town of Newtown until its absorption with the Village of Astoria and the hamlets of
Dutch Kills, Steinway, Bowery Bay and Middleton in Newtown Township into Long Island City in 1870. In 1870, Ravenswood, along with several other hamlets and the Village of Astoria, merged to form Long Island City.
In 1875, the first commercial buildings were erected, and the mansions were converted into offices and boarding houses. In 1879, the Long Island Terra Cotta Company was established in Ravenswood, by Rudolph Franke. By 1900, 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 1949 to 1951 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. The
Ravenswood Generating Station which includes Ravenswood No. 3 or "
Big Allis", was built by
Con Edison in 1963–65 but, due to deregulation, has subsequently been owned by
KeySpan, National Grid, and
TransCanada. The power plant can generate approximately 2,500 megawatts of power, which is about 20 percent of New York City's electricity demand.
A street in Ditmars (2012)
Ditmars is a
middle class section of Astoria bounded by
Bowery Bay to the north, 31st Street and the Steinway subsection to the east, 23rd Avenue to the south, and the East River to the west. The adjacent Steinway neighborhood was largely developed as a
company town by the
Steinway & Sons piano company, and included houses and public facilities that were also available to non-employees. However, the Ditmars neighborhood was not included in the Steinway & Sons company housing and related facilities project. The neighborhood takes its name from Ditmars Boulevard which was named in honor of Abram Ditmars, the first mayor of Long Island City, New York, elected in 1870 (the city became a mere neighborhood when Queens became a part of Greater New York). His ancestors were German immigrants who settled in the Dutch Kills area in the 1600s.
Riker-Lent Homestead is near the north end of Astoria Heights at 78-03 19th Road. Built around 1655 by
Abraham Riker under a patent from Nieuw Nederland's last governor,
Peter Stuyvesant, it is believed to be the oldest remaining dwelling in New York City still used as a residence. There is an adjacent family cemetery. The Smiths, who bought the house in 1975, 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.
Prohibition, there were dance halls, picnic areas, and amusement park rides at North Beach.
Rikers Island Bridge to New York City's main prison,
Rikers Island, runs from the north end of Hazen Street. Technically, Rikers Island is in
the Bronx since New York City took it over from Long Island City in 1884, after it had annexed the South Bronx but before it consolidated Queens. However, like Astoria Heights, Rikers Island gets its mail from the
East Elmhurst (
ZIP Code 11370) station of the Flushing Post Office.
Astoria Park along the
East River, is Astoria's largest park and also contains the largest of New York City's public pools (at 330 feet long) which was also the former site of the 1936 and 1964 U.S. Olympic trials.
Steinway & Sons piano factory located at 1 Steinway Place (not to be confused with Steinway Street) has been in operation in Astoria since the late 19th century and represents a legacy of award-winning craftsmanship, arts patronage, and the once vibrant, stand-alone Steinway Village. Limited tours of the factory are available.
Astoria is patrolled by the 114th Precinct of the
NYPD, located at 34-16 Astoria Boulevard. The precinct also covers parts of Long Island City and Woodside. The 114th Precinct has a lower crime rate than in the 1990s, with crimes across all categories having decreased by 83.9% between 1990 and 2019. The precinct reported 2 murders, 34 rapes, 184 robberies, 364 felony assaults, 196 burglaries, 782 grand larcenies, and 136 grand larcenies auto in 2019.
As of 2018[update], Queens Community District 1 has a non-fatal assault hospitalization rate of 56 per 100,000 people, compared to the boroughwide rate of 37 per 100,000 and the citywide rate of 59 per 100,000. Its incarceration rate is 277 per 100,000 people, compared to the boroughwide rate of 315 per 100,000 and the citywide rate of 425 per 100,000.: 8
Of the five major violent felonies (murder, rape, felony assault, robbery, and burglary), the 114th Precinct had a rate of 385 crimes per 100,000 residents in 2019, compared to the boroughwide average of 424 crimes per 100,000 and the citywide average of 572 crimes per 100,000.
Battalion 49/Engine Company 312 – 22-63 35th Street
As of 2018[update],
preterm births and births to teenage mothers are less common in Astoria than in other places citywide. In Astoria, there were 84 preterm births per 1,000 live births (compared to 87 per 1,000 citywide), and 15.1 births to teenage mothers per 1,000 live births (compared to 19.3 per 1,000 citywide).: 11 Astoria has a relatively average population of residents who are
uninsured. In 2018, this population of uninsured residents was estimated to be 12%, which is equal to the citywide rate of 12%.: 14
The concentration of
fine particulate matter, the deadliest type of
air pollutant, in Astoria is 0.0078 milligrams per cubic metre (7.8×10−9 oz/cu ft), higher than the citywide and boroughwide averages.: 9 Nineteen percent of Astoria residents are
smokers, which is higher than the city average of 14% of residents being smokers.: 13 In Astoria, 19% of residents are
obese, 11% are
diabetic, and 29% have
high blood pressure—compared to the citywide averages of 24%, 11%, and 28% respectively.: 16 In addition, 22% of children are obese, compared to the citywide average of 20%.: 12
Eighty-nine percent of residents eat some fruits and vegetables every day, which is higher than the city's average of 87%. In 2018, 79% of residents described their health as "good," "very good," or "excellent," about the same as the city's average of 78%.: 13 For every supermarket in Astoria, there are 10
Astoria is covered by
ZIP Codes 11102 between 37th Avenue and Grand Central Parkway, 11105 north of Grand Central Parkway, 11106 between 31st and 37th Avenues west of 37th Street, 11101 south of 37th Avenue, and 11103 east of 37th Street. The
United States Post Office operates five locations nearby:
Astoria generally has a higher ratio of college-educated residents than the rest of the city as of 2018[update]. Half of residents (50%) have a college education or higher, while 16% have less than a high school education and 33% are high school graduates or have some college education. By contrast, 39% of Queens residents and 43% of city residents have a college education or higher.: 6 The percentage of Astoria students excelling in math rose from 43 percent in 2000 to 65 percent in 2011, and reading achievement rose from 47% to 49% during the same time period.
Astoria's rate of elementary school student absenteeism is about equal to the rest of New York City. In Astoria, 19% of elementary school students missed twenty or more days per
school year, less than the citywide average of 20%.: 24 (PDF p. 55) : 6 Additionally, 78% of high school students in Astoria graduate on time, more than the citywide average of 75%.: 6
There are plans to build the
Brooklyn–Queens Connector (BQX), a light rail system that would run along the waterfront from
Red Hook in
Brooklyn to Astoria. However, the system is projected to cost $2.7 billion, and the projected opening has been delayed until at least 2029.
The primary streets running north–south are Vernon Boulevard along the East River; 21st Street, a major traffic artery with a mix of residential, commercial and industrial areas; 31st Street; and Steinway Street (named for
Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (later Henry E. Steinway), founder of the piano company
Steinway & Sons), a major commercial street with many retail stores.
A residential street in Astoria with bike lanes
Fourteen percent of roads in Astoria have bike lanes, higher than the rate in the city overall.: 10 Bicycle lanes, built as part of the
city's bike lane system, include marked space along Vernon Boulevard, 20th Avenue, 21st Street, 34th and 36th Avenues, and access to protected paths crossing the
Triborough Bridge onto
Randalls and Wards Islands. Riders may also engage in more scenic biking along short sections of Shore Blvd. bordering both Astoria Park and Ralph DeMarco Park, a span that is occasionally closed to motor vehicle traffic during events.
Additionally, Astoria is the final resting place of New York City
mobsterFrank Costello as well as
ragtime composer and musician
Scott Joplin. Both Costello and Joplin are interred at
St. Michael's Cemetery. The cemetery hosts annual public events and concerts to celebrate Joplin's musical legacy, including a Joplin retrospective.
Astoria has a lively local community and hosts a number of neighborhood events. Since 2020, the 31st Ave Open Street, a branch of NYC Open Streets, runs programming on 31st avenue with local businesses and artists.
 Shop Small Astoria, a collective of independent retail stores, host neighborhood shopping and drink crawls.
The neighborhood has often been featured in various media; in film and television, the area is either featured as Astoria or as a setting for another location in New York City.
In the film Joe (1970),
Peter Boyle's character is a "hippie-hating hardhat" who lives in Astoria.
The 1973 film adaptation of the
John-Michael Tebelak stage musical Godspell includes multiple images of characters beneath the supports for The
Hell Gate Bridge, or East River Arch Bridge, as seen from Randall's Island, both while the plot unfolds as well as during visual montages that take place in such numbers as Day by Day and We Beseech Thee. The view of the bridge is similar to those found in Astoria Park and Astoria can occasionally be viewed in the background of shots facing east.
Serpico (1973), with
Al Pacino, had several scenes filmed in Astoria. For example, the elevated train stop at Ditmars Boulevard was the location for a chase scene, and Serpico has a clandestine meeting in Astoria Park under the Hell Gate Bridge.
The movie Queens Logic (1991) was filmed all around Astoria and features an Astoria landmark—the Hell Gate Bridge. One of the screenwriters, Tony Spiridakis, has roots in Astoria.
Robert De Niro film A Bronx Tale (1993) was set in
the Bronx, but most of the exterior scenes were filmed in Astoria as well as the nearby neighborhood of
Woodside. The high school featured in the film is
William Cullen Bryant High School on 31st Avenue, the church used in the film is St. Joseph's on 30th Avenue, and the funeral parlor scenes were shot from a funeral home on 30th Ave, across the street from St. Joseph's Church.
The independent film Girls Town (1996) shows scenes shot in Astoria Park.
Woody Allen's film Hollywood Ending (2002) had scenes shot in the neighborhood surrounding the Kaufman Astoria stages.
The video game Grand Theft Auto IV—which takes place in a mock New York City named
Liberty City—has a neighborhood named Steinway in the borough of Dukes, the counterpart of Queens in the game. The game features a Bohemian Hall-inspired "Steinway Beer Garden", but as an Irish-and-German themed bar instead of Czech. (A mock TV commercial for the Steinway Beer Garden, viewable at the Rockstar website, includes the voice-over remarking that the Garden is "ethnically confused.") Steinway Park is modeled after Astoria Park, with its famous outdoor pool (including the diving platforms) and scenic water's-edge pathway. Numerous signs and awnings of real local Astoria businesses appear in the game, although the names have been altered (e.g. "ASTORIA Medical Dental" becomes "ROSARIA Medical Dental").
The video game The Godfather II depicts Astoria in its version of New York City.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby (1925), Jay Gatsby is pulled over by a policeman on a "motor cycle" in Astoria while driving with the narrator into the city.
Action Bronson filmed his music video "Strictly 4 My Jeeps" in Astoria. The video was released on May 20, 2013, as the single for his album Saaab Stories.
Queens Metal band
Emmure released a track on their 3rd studio album Felony titled "Bars in Astoria". It was featured on the Ibanez website in their interview with members of the band in promotion of their product.
The music video for the song "
Your Love" (1985) by the British band
The Outfield was set in a sound stage/painting studio in the rear of what is currently Strand Pharmacy at 25-01 Broadway. At the end of the video, the female "painter" walks out of the sound stage onto Crescent St. and then makes a left onto Broadway.
The 1970s situation comedy All in the Family was set in Astoria, although the address given for Archie Bunker's home (704 Hauser Street) is fictional, and the exterior of the house shown in the opening credits was shot elsewhere in Queens.
Kaufman Astoria Studios has further been longtime host to the PBS series Sesame Street and has been credited with local shoots on films like The Stepford Wives, the 2009 remake of The Taking of Pelham 123, and the
Golden Globe-winning Angels in America.
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"'Voicing' her thoughts"Archived August 7, 2016, at the
Wayback Machine, Long Island Herald, September 27, 2012. Accessed September 25, 2016. "The Astoria-born Martinez, whose family moved to Baldwin when she was 4, is energetic and slightly unpolished, but she's also earnest and has an obvious love of music."
"Living the Dream at The People's Court"Archived January 25, 2018, at the
Wayback Machine, New York Lifestyles Magazine, April 2016. Accessed February 29, 2020. "Born in Astoria, Queens Judge Milian moved with her family at the age of 8 to Miami, Florida where she later graduated the University of Miami summa cum laude."
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Wayback Machine, Astoria-Long Island City, NY Patch, May 4,2021. Accessed May 19, 2022. "The conversation continued on Twitter, where Panayiota Bertzikis, a veteran and women's rights activist from Astoria, Tweeted about the Citizen app incident — and others like it, where she said people targeted Orthodox Easter festivities in Astoria."
^"7 Questions with Christian Finnegan | First Order Historians". Archived from
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"On Baseball; Ford Highlight Film Started Early"Archived July 27, 2018, at the
Wayback Machine, The New York Times, August 17, 2000. Accessed November 3, 2007. "Vivid in my memory is Stengel's shrug, palms up at his sides, gesturing in response to the mixture of cheers for Ford and boos for his removal. It was a display of sympathy for the kid from Astoria, Queens, who just a few years earlier was playing in street stickball games, and now under a national spotlight and World Series pressure had pitched so beautifully."
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"New SNL member chided for racial slurs"Archived December 10, 2022, at the
Wayback Machine, Telegram & Gazette, September 15, 2019. Accessed May 19, 2022. "After Gillis' DC Drafthouse gig, he appeared on Counter Currents, a podcast that features interviews with the venue's headliners but is produced independently. In the episode, Gillis talks about moving to New York's Astoria neighborhood earlier this year, and asserts he was the 'biggest comic in Philly' before moving to New York."
"Where are they now: Catching up with Chamique Holdsclaw"Archived March 1, 2020, at the
Wayback Machine, Sports Illustrated, July 10, 2014. Accessed February 29, 2020. "Back in the late-90s, when women's pro basketball was still in its infancy, respect for a certain 6-foot-3 Tennessee forward's game ran so high that Slam magazine featured her on its cover in a Knicks jersey with the headline, 'Is the NBA ready for Chamique Holdsclaw?' The Astoria, Queens native had just led the Lady Vols to their third straight national title and Holdsclaw seemed ready to assume the greatest-women's-player-of-all-time mantle."
"Public Advocate race down to seventeen candidates including three from Queens"Archived March 1, 2020, at the
Wayback Machine, QNS.com, January 31, 2019. Accessed February 29, 2020. "The city's Board of Election announced that state Assemblyman Ron Kim, City Councilman Eric Ulrich and Astoria resident Nomiki Konst had made the ballot along with front runners such as Assemblyman Michael Blake of the Bronx, City Councilman Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn and former Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito."
"Joe Fights His Identity"Archived May 19, 2022, at the
Wayback Machine, The Record, December 13, 1970. Accessed May 19, 2022. "Peter Boyle played the title role of Joe, the hippie-hating hardhat from Astoria, Queens. Many passersby recognize him on the streets of New York and assume he shares Joe's attitudes. He doesn't."
^"Film Celebrates Queens Logic"Archived October 9, 2022, at the
Wayback Machine, Queens Scene, April 1, 2015. Accessed October 9, 2022. "Queens Logic. The very essence of our community – a certain kind of logic that comes with living in the most diverse area in the world.... Almost the entire move was filmed in Astoria, save for a Manhattan scene here and there."
"On Location In Astoria - The Accidental Husband"Archived December 10, 2022, at the
Wayback Machine, Queens Scene, March 1, 2015. Accessed May 19, 2022. "This month's On Location in Astoria selection is 2008's The Accidental Husband, starring Uma Thurman, Colin Firth and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.... But back to the main reason why we're here – Astoria. Patrick lives on the second floor above the Samosa Palace Restaurant, on 33rd Street and 23rd Avenue. Though the restaurant is now a laundromat, the rest remains the same."