Attractions and SightseeingOccupying the north-western corner of Astoria, Astoria Park is one of the premier green spaces in the borough of Queens. This 60-acre park includes the largest outdoor swimming pool in NYC. Miles of trails for pedestrians and bicyclists meander through this beautiful setting that overlooks the East River. The historic Hell Gate Bridge and Robert F. Kennedy Bridge pass over Astoria Park. Located just a few blocks east of the park, the People's Museum presents temporary exhibits on world cultures. This unique museum displays authentic artefacts relating to military, art, music, technology and other topics. Astoria is also home to Socrates Sculpture Park, which hosts outdoor art exhibits that blend in beautifully with the surrounding landscape. Located along the East River, this small green space features exhibits by emerging sculptors and other artists from all over the world. After strolling the grounds of Socrates Sculpture Park, you can visit the neighbouring Noguchi Museum. Established by a Japanese-American artist in the 1970's, this museum includes a diverse collection of contemporary art. Architectural models and drawings are some of the highlights of this institution that occupies more than 24,000 square feet in a renovated commercial building. Located in the southeaster corner of Astoria, the Museum of the Moving Image is one of the premier cultural attractions in Queens. Since opening in the late 1980s, this museum has fascinated visitors who are interested in multimedia entertainment. The Behind the Screen exhibition includes vintage equipment that was used to produce some of the earliest films in the world. Classic television sets, camcorders, projectors and other similar equipment are on display. Costumes, accessories and other original items from Hollywood sets are included in the galleries at the Museum of the Moving Image. Additionally, you can view presentations on graphic design and other forms of digital technology. The museum's building was the former regional headquarters of Paramount Pictures, one of the leading Hollywood studios. As the one of the premier manufacturers of pianos, Steinway & Sons has been based in Astoria since the 19th century. You can take a guided tour in the company's historic factory that produces some of the finest piano models in the world. Lasting approximately two hours, these guided tours highlight the tremendous craftsmanship that goes into production. Click to book your Athens Next Door Greek Food Tour in Astoria - Queens..
Location and TransportationSituated on the banks of the East River, Astoria claims a significant portion of western Queens. The southern boundary of the district is marked by 36th Avenue, which merges with the Roosevelt Island Bridge. This vertical lift bridge provides the only connection between Queens and Roosevelt Island. Grand Central Parkway roughly defines the northern edge of Astoria. This busy highway runs over the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, which links Queens with Randalls Island. Getting to Astoria should also be easy via the New York City Subway. Situated in the heart of the neighborhood, the Broadway station is served by the N and W lines. The Steinway Street station gets service from the E, M and R routes. Other subway stops are located on Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria Boulevard and 46th Street. More than 10 Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)) bus stops are available in this dense district. You can also take an NYC Ferry to the Astoria dock near Vernon Avenue.
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