By Kristina Pecorelli, Economics Research and Analysis Project Manager
This week, NYCEDC released the latest Neighborhood Trends & Insights report that explores the evolving neighborhood of Astoria, Queens.
Astoria, a neighborhood in northwest Queens, is home to a wide array of residents from all over the world. In 2009, National Geographic’s Genographic Project, in conjunction with IBM, compared the DNA of Astoria residents along 30th Avenue with samples taken from hundreds of indigenous populations. They described the neighborhood as “one of the most ethnically diverse communities on Earth,” with Astoria residents possessing the genetic markers of nearly every major migratory event in history. So, it’s no surprise that Astoria offers an extremely diverse gastronomical scene, with more than 560 restaurants serving up 55 different types of cuisine.
The map above helps illustrate the sheer number of places tending to the varied palettes of Astoria patrons, as well as the relative clustering of such restaurants throughout the neighborhood.
The rise in the number of Astoria residents ages 25 to 34 years old suggests that the combination of bustling street life and close proximity to Manhattan makes it one of New York City’s most in-demand neighborhoods.
For more on how Astoria has grown as a residential and commercial district, check out our full report:
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