Not a lot of people know that Astoria is home to bustling TV and film studio. Kaufman Astoria Studios has been here since 1920 when it was built as the original film hub for Paramount Pictures. More than 100 silent films were made on its stages, as well as our favorite shows and movies from today, including Sesame Street, Orange is the New Black, The Path, The Irishman and The Bourne Legacy. While you can't go into the sound stages or backlot, you can see a glimpse of it from 35th Avenue.
You can live in New York for years and still not know everything about its vibrant neighborhoods. Sure, we know the best New York attractions, the best parks and our favorite restaurants, but the city is still full of surprises. That's why we love it.
We named Astoria one of the 50 coolest neighborhoods in the world in 2019 and its 30th Avenue the coolest street in NYC in 2021 and while certainly earned it because of its laid-back vibe and identity as a beautiful melting pot with incredible restaurants and bars, it also has character you can't find anywhere else.
Below, we're spilling six Astoria secrets so you can examine some lesser-known aspects of this outerborough enclave.
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