I have been living in Astoria over 6 years now and i love it . I have seen all the changes that have happened and it has mostly happened recently . I am happy there is a much younger and more hip crowd , more bars and restaurants , more options for young people as far as having fun, more healthier food options, better buildings , better food choices, more nightlife and just a better overall place now for a younger crowd.
While all these things would seem to make Astoria better , i believe in my opinion that there is a big downside too. Rent has skyrocketed to the point where it is almost Manhattan prices , every block in Astoria seems to have construction for new buildings and the noise is unbearable, most of the mom and pops and old time restaurants and bars have closed and been replaced with overpriced hipster bars and restaurants with average food and drinks.
Too many young people from brooklyn and Manhattan have moved here to Astoria . No seats on the subway train , rent is crazy , too many dog owners who do not clean up after their dog , and Astoria now has a big Bedbug problem . While it is nice that Astoria is changing , i fear that just like some parts of Brooklyn, it will lose its charm and history and become just a another overcrowded , expensive , hipster and noisy place .
Astoria was always a safe area and unlike some parts of brooklyn that needed a change and needed to become safer , Astoria did not need that . Sadly its about the bottom dollar and making money in Astoria . And while i can appreciate a better looking and younger crowd in Astoria and more options for a young adult to enjoy life, there is still too many negative things with the change .
The sad thing is with a younger crowd in Astoria now , there is also the bad elements of that . Every block in Astoria now has dog poop or human vomit from someone getting drunk at the new bars from the night before . People who lived in Astoria before it became hip are now being forced out because of higher rents and there are new buildings that are being built in areas where it looks hideous next to the houses .
Because rent is so high , many people are sharing the apartments with so many different roommates all the time and because of that Bedbugs are in many places in Astoria now . I hope Astoria still keeps its original charm and beauty and not become like many parts of brooklyn like Williamsburg, and park slope or greenpoint where it is just mostly bars and restaurants and starbucks and all Duane reade or a bunch of organic cafes . This is just my opinion and as a person who loves Astoria , i welcome the change for the good and hope that the bad does not get worse .
I welcome my fellow Astorian's to express their opinions here as well on this topic . Do you agree or disagree ? What are your thoughts ?? I would love to also hear from someone who like me has also lived in astoria before the changes happened .