Astoria Queens was voted the coolest neighborhood in NYC by Time Out magazine. Home to some 160,000 residents, Astoria is a bustling neighborhood long known for its great ethnic food, busy commercial thoroughfares and charming single-family homes. Astoria’s quick commute into Midtown Manhattan (15 minutes on the N, R, W, or M) and reasonable home prices, however, have recently begun to attract newcomers. New developments are now cropping up and changing the landscape, too. Now, the neighborhood’s historic single-family homes and postwar co-op buildings are interspersed with condominiums and upscale rentals.