Here at Faviana, we are inspired by all things NYC, the city where our first collection started just about 30 years ago. Even today, we love the city’s energy and refined elegance, which is always a big component of all our collections, our mission, and our vision. That is why we decided to create a weekly series in which we showcase all the best that New York City has to offer. Whether you live in the city or want to visit sometime, we hope our list of the best things to do in some of the most exciting neighborhoods and boroughs gives you plenty of options to have fun and new adventures.
We hope you enjoyed last week’s post about what to do in Coney Island! Make sure to check out our posts about Belmont, Corona, DUMBO, Chelsea, and Midtown.
Astoria, located in the northern part of Queens, is one of New York City’s most culturally diverse neighborhoods, with a very predominant Greek and Egyptian population, as well as Italian, Brazilian, Baltic and Irish. This basically means that the neighborhood is rich in history, interesting art, and also have restaurants with insanely good food, as well as many other cool things. Although Astoria is worth many visits, we thought we could give you the scoop on some our favorite things to do on a day here!
Morning in Museum of the Moving Image
If you are a movie buff, you can’t miss a visit to the Museum of the Moving Image. Start your day here, the only institution in the United States solely dedicated to the “art, technology and social impact of film, television and digital media”. The museum has the largest collection of moving artifacts in the country and also shows screenings of classic and new films alike. Their permanent exhibition, Behind the Screen, explains to visitors how moving images are made from the creative perspective to the technical, combining interactive experiences and unique artifacts. They also have educational programs and rotating exhibitions. Right now The GIF Elevator and Video Arcade are noteworthy.
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave, Queens, NY 11106
Opens at 10:30 AM
Closes at 5:00 PM (Wednesday and Thursday), 6:00 PM (Saturday and Sunday), 8:00 PM (Friday)
Afternoon in Astoria Park Pool
Nothing says “summer fun” quite like a day in the pool, and if you want to go to one of the best public pools in the city (and one with some of the nicest views at that) you should check out the Astoria Park Pool, which is open every day during the summer season for people of all ages. This is the largest pool in NYC with 330 feet in length, meeting Olympic standards and making it one of the most popular swimming pools in the country. So if what you are looking for is getting your laps on, this is your pool!
Astoria Park Pool
19th Street & 23rd Dr, Queens, NY 11105
Opens at 11:00 AM
Closes at 7:00 PM
Evening in Taverna Kyclades
33-07 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105
Opens at 12:00 PM
Closes at 11:00 PM (Monday to Thursday), 11:30 PM (Friday and Saturday), 10:30 PM (Sunday)
As we mentioned before, Astoria really has some great Greek food. However, if you want the best of the very best, you need to have dinner at Tarverna Kyclades. You are warned, though: they don’t take reservations and they literally have lines every day of the week– it’s fresh seafood and fish really is that good. You should try their Greek salad, grilled octopus, olive oil bread and any selection of fresh fish. The best part? Dessert is on the house (as in, totally free of charge) and it really is the most to-die-for galaktoboureko custard in New York.
Hopefully, now you know what to do in Astoria! What is your favorite neighborhood in the city? Is there a place you are dying to go? Let us know which other places we should cover by tagging us on Instagram @glamandgowns, and Faviana’s Instagram @Faviana_NY and Twitter @FavianaNY. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel for more fun vlogs @FavianaNYC!