Apartments & Houses for Sale and Rent in Astoria Heights, Queens

Quick Profile

Just outside the hustle and bustle of Astoria sits a triangular-shaped neighborhood known as Astoria Heights. It’s a quiet middle-class sub-neighborhood of Astoria, and it has a charming suburban feel. It offers tree-lined streets, one and two-family homes, a few small parks, and mom-and-pop style stores, especially along 21st Avenue, the business district. 

Astoria Heights (aka Upper Ditmars by some old-time residents) is easy to navigate. Much like the bulk of Manhattan, the streets are laid out in a numerical grid. The neighborhood is bounded by 19th Avenue and Rikers Island Bridge to the north, Astoria Boulevard to the south, 81st Street to the East, and Hazen Street to the west. 

Astoria was initially named Hallett’s Cove after a local landowner. Developers and civic leaders, attempting to rebrand the area, and woo millionaire John Jacob Astor to invest in the neighborhood, decided to use Astor’s name in the rebrand. Astor only invested a small amount, but the Astoria name stuck. 

Astoria and Astoria Heights have always had a diverse population. In the 1940s and 1950s, many Greek immigrants began migrating to Astoria and nearby areas. Asian, Middle Eastern, Latino and Indian immigrants have since contributed to the local melting pot. 

Astoria Heights is serviced by the M. N. R and W trains and the Q69, Q101, and M60 bus lines.

Destination Spots

Jackson Hole Diner (also has an Airline Diner sign in front of the building) - This casual eatery, known for its burgers, also serves breakfast and other delicious food. It also has some pop culture history too. If you’re a fan of gangster movies, you may remember the Goodfellas scene where Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta steal a truck from the parking lot. 

At the edge of Astoria Heights (closer to East Elmhurst) lies the historic graveyard and garden, the Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead. It’s a great place to learn about Dutch heritage and how they settled much of New York City. It is considered the oldest private dwelling in New York City and is listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. It was built on or about 1654 and is made of timber and fieldstone.

What You Might See

Because Astoria and Astoria Heights are so diverse, you’ll see food choices from around the globe as you walk through the neighborhood. Japanese, Spanish, Tibetan, and Greek are just a few of the many offerings.

What you Don’t Know

The Rikers Island Bridge that leads to New York City’s correctional facility Rikers Island runs from the north end of Hazen Street in Astoria Heights to the facility. The Rikers name, which is sometimes associated with the neighborhood, is technically in the Bronx, not Queens.

Living in Astoria Heights