Steinway-Ditmars, the northern neighbor of Astoria, is a thin strip located between Ditmars Boulevard and the northwestern industrial edge of Queens. Often considered part of Astoria or even Jackson Heights by the people who live there, the name Ditmars-Steinway is most often used in a real estate context. Much like Astoria, the neighborhood is popular with young professionals and families looking for an affordable place to live.
Ditmars-Steinway does have some distinguishing characteristics, such as the Ditmars Boulevard business district, that set it apart from the surrounding neighborhoods. Greek restaurants, pastry shops, fruit stands, and a variety of other amenities line the boulevard, which is easily accessible from Ditmars Boulevard stop of the N & W trains. The northern industrial area lends a working class feel to Ditmars-Steinway, and contains the factory where Steinway makes its internationally famous pianos.
On the western waterfront, the promenade of Astoria Park continues, offering views of the Hell’s Gate Bridge well as Ward and Randall Islands in the East River. Homes in this neighborhood cost $600-700K and tend to be more expensive if they are closer to the waterfront or the subway stop. In terms of housing options, there are more coops listed for the area adjacent to Jackson Heights, and heading towards Astoria you’ll find more condos for sale and apartments for rent. Studios are around $1000/mo and 1Br’s are $1200-1400/mo.