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Article about comedians living in Astoria by Festivus historian Allen Salkin

Anybody Here From Astoria?


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Sorry, I was born in Elmhurst, raised in Jackson Heights and now lives in South Ozone Park.

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 I'm from over in Sunnyside, another part of Long Island City.  But my Dad served most of his FDNY career in Astoria.  First with Engine 263/Ladder 117 on Astoria Blvd. and then as a Lieutenant with Ladder 116, on 29 St.  But, Astoria's all Greek to me!!


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One thing about neighborhoods, like Astoria, is that their boundaries are usually not precisely defined.

For example, I lived on the corner of 34th Avenue and 35th Street, across from what was the US Army Signal Corps Pictorial Center, now in private hands as Kauffman Astoria Studios.  MPB parish church and schoool were one and one-half blocks to the northeast, between 36th and 37th Streets, just south of Broadway

Our mail address was LIC zone 6, later zip code 11106.  MPB's address is LIC 11103.  Yet in my mind I lived and went to elementary school in Astoria.

Its hard to say where Astoria ends and LIC begins as you head south.  I suspect many would say it is somewhere south of Broadway and north of Northern Boulevard and Queensboro Plaza.
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Small world.  You and my husband grew up on the same block.  His address back then was 35-33 34 Street.  Charlie's deli was on the corner (his uncle) and his grandfather owned the dry cleaner/tailor shop next door.  His grandfather took care of the uniforms for the Army guys. 


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It was not the same block, but very close ... I lived about two blocks from where your husband lived.

35-33 34th Street would be on the east side of 34th Street between 35th Avenue and 36th (Washington) Avenue, a few houses south of 35th Avenue.  My Aunt Mae & Uncle Walter Shibley lived on that very block, right about that exact location, until they moved out to the small village of New Suffolk on the north fork of LI in 1967.  PS 166 would be at the north end of that block.  There was also a soda fountain / candy store (Myers??) at the southwest corner of 34th St and 35th Ave.

Although I do not remember it, my father says the Army soldiers established an armed defensive perimeter patrol around the Pictorial Center during the Cuban missile crisis in 1961. 
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OK--I'm fully an Astorian.  Born in Boulevard Hospital on 31 Ave and 46 St and lived on 21 Ave and 38 Street.  Both of my parents were Astorians as well, Mom lived originally on Crescent Street, across from what would become MC and later at 38th St and Ditmars; Dad lived on 32 St and 21 Ave as well as 23 Ave and 24 St.  Both went to Immac.  I went to SFA.  My Grandma was almost an Astorian,  born and raised in Hunters Point, LIC and grad of St. Mary's School--long closed, but in LIC.   All in the 1110something zip codes!

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OK, I'm a real Astorian! I was born in what is known as Old Astoria (i.e. Hallet's Cove). In fact, our landlord was Wesley Hallet, a descendant of the original Hallets. I was born in Astoria General Hospital (the old part, the new part wasn't built yet). We first lived on 12th Street & 27th Avenue in a pre-war (Civil War that is) house. We then moved to Astoria Boulevard & 8th Street & lived in a pre-Civil War 2-story apartment building (store on the ground floor & one apt. each on the first & second floor).

Can't get much more Astorian than this.


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As admitted earlier, I'm a Sunnysider.  My Great Grandmother being the original owner of 39-34-47 St., known as Sunnyside Gardens.  The area was built from 43 to 48 Sts, between Skillman and 39 aves.  She bought it new in 1926 for around $8000, give or take a few bucks.  My parents bought my home, 39-36, from my Mom's parents, who were the second owners of the house. The area was granted historical status in '76, due to being the first community of it's type built here in the States.  It was patterned on a method used in Germany, I believe, to build homes surrounding a central garden setting.
Now, Mom's father was from Astoria.  The Kenna Republican Club is named for one of his in-laws, courtesy of his sister Agnes.  Don't remember the address, but it may still be there.
In effect though, we're all from LIC when it comes to zip codes.  11101 is LIC proper, then we get the others.  Mater Christi is in 11105 and Sunnyside is 11104.  So, I'll fathom anyone from, Astoria, Sunnyside, Stienway, Ravenswood, Queensbridge and LIC proper, all qualify for the title.  Have I left any 'hood out? 

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Bob asked:
Have I left any 'hood out?

Alas, you have.
As I'm making out Christmas Cards I'm looking at a zip code map for Queens
that mentions neighborhoods in Long Island City that I suspect most people in here never heard of.

L.I.C. M.P.O. = 11101
Parcel Post   = 11101
Plaza           = 11101
Astoria        = 11102
Broadway     = 11106
Grand          = 11103
Steinway     =  11103
Woolsey      =  11105

Before anyone corrects me when I lived on 43 Avenue, the Town I resided in was Flushing. But the correct neighborhood was called Elmhurst.(11373). Likewise while I attended Mater Christi, I lived in Jackson Heights/Junction Blvd. (11372). These days I live in the Town called Jamaica. But the neighborhood is South Ozone Park (11420)

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