I love cool rainy days in autumn. Today I decided, spur of the moment, to take a walk and show you all a few shots of my neighborhood. I live in Astoria, New York- which is located in the borough of Queens in New York City. Enjoy!
This is one of my favorite places (I love how even the crosswalk light is Italian). It’s usually my last stop on my grocery shopping route. I heave my little red shopping cart up the step and stop in for a freshly baked loaf of Italian bread (for only $1.50), it’s perfect for garlic bread and bruschetta. They also sell lovely little cakes and pastries.
This little hole in the wall is right under the subway tracks (in our area of queens, the subway is elevated). This innocuous hole in the wall has the best Greek food I’ve ever eaten. It’s actually quite massive inside.
This actually isn’t the butcher shop that I go to, but I love the look of it. The one I prefer is currently obscured by scaffolding, but I will post a shot of it whenever the construction is completed. It’s glorious.
This is my absolute favorite produce store, it’s massive, insanely inexpensive, and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- seriously. My previous neighborhoods (all in Brooklyn) had horrible food shopping options (expensive, poor quality, few fresh items, not much variety) so I feel like I’m in heaven here!
My neighborhood is filled with classic signs and scenes like this one. I’m hoping to actually do an entire photo post dedicated purely to signs.
Astoria Billiards Club is a hilariously weird but awesome place. It’s a huge basement with dozens of pool tables, ping pong and snooker. It looks like a total dive, but it’s always bustling with old guys, kids, teenagers, couples, etc. There are two cats who hang out, they just kind of mill around the pool tables and everyone acts like they don’t notice them. It’s probably the cheapest place to play pool in New York. It’s as low as $5 an hour (most coin operated tables in New York are $1.50-$2.00; some halls are as high as $15 an hour)! Have I mentioned how much I love my neighborhood?
This hobby shop is hilariously packed with random stuff, take a closer look.
Nothing says “New York” more than the constant construction.