Museum of the Moving Image
Astoria Bookshop
The Brass Owl
Inside Astoria

These are the winners for the best museums, boutiques, gyms, music venues, parks, and more. Get going!

Best Activity

1st Astoria Social,

Survey says: “Softball, darts, kickball, trivia and cornhole all in Astoria/LIC.”

2nd Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35th Ave, (718) 777-6888,

Each year the museum screens more than 400 films in a stimulating mix of the classic and the contemporary. With live music for silent films, restored prints from the world’s leading archives, and outstanding new films from the international festival circuit, museum programs are recognized for their quality as well as their scope.

3rd Astoria Park (including volunteer cleanups)

19th St and 23rd Dr, (718) 626-8620,

Survey says: “Whether it’s Fourth of July fireworks, running, a picnic, or whatever else, I’m so grateful we have this park in our neighborhood.”

Best Gift Shop

1st Lockwood

32-15 33rd St, (718) 626-6030,

Survey says: “They have everything you could ever need and more.”

2nd The Brass Owl

36-19 Ditmars Blvd, (347) 848-0905,

This homey boutique offers a selection of shoes, accessories, and gifts.

3rd Astoria Bookshop

31-29 31st St, (718) 278-2665,

Google says: “Great bookstore. Excellent customer service. They will order any books you want. Their creative/inspire section is fantastic.”

3rd Inside Astoria

28-07 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 956-4000,

Google says: “Always tons of beautiful gifts and very nice people working there.”

Best Gym

1st CrossFit UNLEASHED

36-42 37th St, (347) 201-3235,

Survey says: “I’ve never been so motivated by a gym and a group of incredible coaches. I’ve reached fitness goals I had never imagined possible.”
Survey says: “The best community and programming. Great space and any levels of fitness are welcome. I feel very fortunate to have found this gym.”
Survey says: “The most incredible fitness and community you will find in Astoria!”

2nd New York Sports Clubs

38-11 30th Ave, (718) 932-1400,

Survey says: “NY Sports Clubs is great if you want to do lots of classes”

3rd Planet Fitness

30-33 Steinway St, (718) 777-0700,

Survey says: “Planet Fitness is great because it is cheap and you can bring a friend.”

Best Place for Live Music

1st The Shillelagh Tavern

47-22 30th Ave, Long Island City, (718) 728-9028,

Google says: “No frills Dive with live music, friendly bar tenders, and super reasonable prices. What’s not to love?”

2nd The Letlove Inn

27-20 23rd Ave, (718) 777-5683,

Google says: “Great ambiance, good drinks, cool crowd…Live music early in the week, so good!”

3rd The Last Word

31-30 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 440-3378,

Survey says: “They always have great music and it’s always varied.”

3rd The Wolfhound

38-14 30th Ave, (718) 204-2111,

Live music on Sundays with the Sunday Sessions, and Mondays with Irish Trad Session.

Best Place for a Haircut

1st Gigi Salon & Styling Studio

34-17 30th Ave, (718) 777-7755,

Google says: “Love this place great service and stylists!”

2nd Well Kept Barbershop

30-11 32nd St, (718) 255-1547,

Google says: “I got a haircut yesterday and got a lot a compliments at work.”

3rd Redken Saloon Salon

36-17 30th Ave, (718) 956-3366,

Google says: “I love Saloon Salon! The atmosphere is wonderful… friendly, chic, clean, efficient. This is my go to place to feel relaxed and pampered.”

Best Movie Theater

1st UA Kaufman Astoria Stadium 14

35-30 38th St, (718) 786-1722,

If you sign up for the Regal app (for free) you can earn points towards free popcorn, soda and movies!

2nd Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35th Ave, (718) 777-6888,

Each year the museum screens more than 400 films in a stimulating mix of the classic and the contemporary. With live music for silent films, restored prints from the world’s leading archives, and outstanding new films from the international festival circuit, museum programs are recognized for their quality as well as their scope.

Best Museum

1st Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35th Ave, (718) 777-6888,

Survey says: “I still love the voice dub booth.”
This museum immerses visitors in the creative process of making moving images. It features over 1,400 artifacts—from nineteenth-century optical toys to video games—as well as an array of interactive experiences, audiovisual material, and artworks.

2nd The Noguchi Museum

9-01 33rd Rd, Long Island City, (718) 204-7088,

Google says: “The attention to space and light of the exhibitions brings the work to life.”

2nd MoMA PS1

22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, (718) 784-2084,

This museum is in LIC, but worth listing. It devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world and throws awesome outdoor parties on Saturdays in the summer. Also, if you have an ID with zip code 11101–11109 you get free admission.

Best Nail/Beauty Salon

1st Athena’s Nails

31-11 30th Ave, (718) 278-4597,

Google says: “I really enjoyed my pedicure. The women who did that did an excellent job.”

2nd Faces & Nails Spa

41-08 34th Ave, (718) 482-0220,

Google says: “Wonderful nails beauty salon. Fantastic services and prices. Clean and trendy place.”

Best Park

1st Astoria Park

19th St and 23rd Dr, (718) 626-8620,
The recently-renovated track is beautiful and great to run on. There are also many tennis courts, basketball courts, a skate park, an Olympic-sized pool, and large grass areas to relax on. Every year there are fireworks (pre-Fourth of July) and free movies in the summer.
Survey says: “Such an amazing group of volunteers here organized by Astoria Park Alliance.”

2nd Socrates Sculpture Park

32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, (718) 956-1819,

A small gem of a park. Especially great in the summertime when they have a weekly farmers market, free yoga and tai chi, and movie screenings during the week. The unique sculpture art adds a special touch. Also great for dogs!

3rd Gantry Plaza State Park

2nd St and 26th Ave,

Free movies are shown in the summer. There is a sand volleyball court, a basketball court, an astroturf field, a nice cafe with food (LIC Landing) and breathtaking views of the city.

Best Performing Arts Venue

1st Q.E.D.

27-16 23rd Ave, (347) 451-3873,

Q.E.D. settled into the Ditmars area and is bringing in comedians, trivia shows and great classes for adults to learn and laugh.

2nd Astoria Performing Arts Center

34-12 36th St Suite 1-232, (718) 706-5750,

Astoria Performing Arts Center’s mission is to bring high quality theater to Astoria and to support local youth and senior citizens. Ever wanted to help build or paint a set? The group is always looking for volunteers.

3rd Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School

35-12 35th Ave, (718) 361-9920,

Google says: “I have had the chance to see the school grow and plan on coming back in the near future to see its progress and maybe see a few of the many performances.”

Best Stand-Up Comedy Venue

1st Q.E.D.

27-16 23rd Ave, (347) 451-3873,

So many comedy shows! We’re very glad that we have Q.E.D. in the neighborhood. Want to do something fun? Go to a show. You can also find classes on an assortment of different topics.
Survey says: “Great for laughs and fun!”

2nd The Creek & The Cave

10-93 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, (718) 706-8783,

Affordable (read: low cost or FREE) comedy shows all week and weekend, with opportunities for improv as well. Big names come through here and it’s also a great way to check out the local talent.

Best Supermarket

1st Greenbay Marketplace

32-06 Broadway, (718) 204-6400

This supermarket has a focus on fresh produce, and the cheese selection is quite impressive. There is also a hot food bar and sushi made fresh daily.

2nd Key Food Supermarkets

22-15 31st St, (718) 721-4680; 32-15 Newtown Ave, (718) 728-9403; 30-13 36th Ave, (718) 482-7600,

Survey says: “The ONLY comprehensive market in the Ditmars area, for those with no car. Please don’t let it close due to R.E. ‘development’!”

3rd Best Market

19-30 37th St, (718) 721-7500,

Google says: “Good beer selection, cheese and deli, salad bar, produce, pastries and cakes.”

Best Place to Work or Study

1st Gossip Coffee

37-04 30th Ave, (718) 440-8792,

Nice, comfortable space. Relax with a coffee or tea while you surf the web.

2nd Astoria Coffee

30-04 30th St, (347) 410-7399,

Google says: “Lovely staff and delicious drinks—super cute decor and peaceful ambiance.”

3rd Panera Bread

38-01 35th Ave, (718) 937-4740,

The sandwiches and soups are tasty, and the wi-fi is reliable.

DO & SEE Write-in

Best Health and Wellness Place: Oak Point Health and Vitality Centre

23-92 23rd St, (718) 777-0620,

DO & SEE Best of the Decade

Best Astoria-related website: BOAST! Duh!

Editor’s note: Aw. Gee, thanks.


27-16 23rd Ave, (347) 451-3873,

Survey says: “QED has been such a wonderful addition to the neighborhood. They have more than just comedy and other events from the stage. I’ve taken a class in the front part of the venue as well. Its become a cherished community center!”

The Wandering Jews of Astoria

Survey says: “Instant sense of community and Jewish life in Astoria.”

Survey results from December 2019. Click here for the results from December 2018, December 2017, December 2016, January 2016, July 2015, January 2015.