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How Public Transportation Affects Real Estate Development

Real estate developers face numerous factors to coordinate development projects. Location is one of the most significant factors, and when building new units, transportation often plays a big part in rentability and pricing.

New York City is known for its old but efficient and varied public transit options. Here in Astoria, Queens, Literati.NYC takes into account commute times from its units to the nearest available train and bus stations as well as commute times into Manhattan.

The major train lines in Astoria are the N/W lines (incoming from Manhattan, passing through Long Island City and cutting through the western side of Astoria up to Ditmars station) and the R/M lines (eastern section of Astoria that goes through central Queens).

All of Literati Group's 110+ units are located within a 10 minute walking distance to the nearest train stations servicing these lines. Aside from the commute hours and distance to public transit, potential renters look for nearby establishments such as restaurants/bars, laundromats, grocery stores and leisure centers. While historically Astoria has been primarily a residential borough outside Manhattan taking in one influx of immigrants after another (Greeks, Italians, Irish, Eastern Europeans, Arabs), developers today are shifting focus on future developments for an unprecedented young millennial population.

Steinway Street, considered to run along the heart of Astoria, and the major avenues that run perpendicular - 30th Ave, Broadway, and Ditmars Blvd., are now peppered with restaurants, pubs, bars, and shops/workout centers to cater to a young and vibrant population. Bus systems also allow for local transport, in and around Astoria/Queens.

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Life in Astoria/NYC

Moving to New York is one of the most exciting decisions that someone can make. Living here, there is always something to do, a new restaurant to try, or a new event to attend. The excitement isn’t just limited to Manhattan either; outer boroughs such as Queens have a lot to offer to crowds ...

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Literati Group prides itself in dormitory style accommodations for recent grads, interns and working professionals.
Literati Group prides itself in dormitory style accommodations for recent grads, interns and working professionals.

Co-living

Also known as shared spaces, co-living is an ideal furnished housing option for millennials in New York City. What, exactly, is co-living? Co-living involves shared/communal living with added features, such as work spaces, recreational lounges and extracurricular activities.

With co-living, such as Literati.NYC or WeLive, millennials can save money on housing, and ...

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Queens Plaza North
Queens Plaza North

Queensboro Plaza 7, N, Q Stop

This is the first stop from Manhattan and the default first stop of Astoria. There are lots of new developments in the area, but only recently have restaurants and food options popped up alongside the older bodegas. Rents here are very expensive and close to Manhattan prices but if ...

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If you ask a New Yorker where in the city they can find affordable roommate housing NYC you may get a wide range of responses. But if you narrow your question down to specifically NYC rooms for students (whether it’s NYC graduate housing, NYC intern housing, NYC international student housing or NYC ESL housing) the answer you are most likely going to get is to look at renting in Astoria with roommates. Learn a new word: Co-living, it means living with roommates in furnished shared spaces.

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Astoria MTA subway map snippet
Astoria MTA subway map snippet

Asrai, a new New York transplant by way of Washington State, has decided to volunteer her time to provide foreign insight into the different communities of New York City. Starting with a series of different blog entries, she will explore the different subway stops within a 5 minute walk of each side of the subway tracks to provide her unique perspective into these NYC neighborhoods.

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Intersection of Astoria Blvd and 21st Street
Intersection of Astoria Blvd and 21st Street

When stepping off the train you can look out from the overpass to the Triboro Bridge (now RFK) stretching away over the East River. Hoyt Park is below and constitutes the size of a very large block. There are tennis and basketball courts, park benches and wheelchair accessibility. Some medium sized trees line both sides of a wide walkway through the middle.

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Intersection of 31st Street and Ditmars Blvd
Intersection of 31st Street and Ditmars Blvd

The last stop on the N and Q trains brings you to a kind of town center. There is a general grocery store, CVS, pharmacy, delis, smoke shops, nail salons and second hand stores for clothing and furniture, among many other businesses. The community here has a diverse composition of mostly young adults, students, international students and old time families that have lived here for many years. It is friendly and bustling by day, by night you will find occasional bar hoppers, the standard Astoria taco truck and the low murmur of friends or couples walking by. The main commercial areas compose of Ditmars Blvd, 23rd Ave and 31st Street. This station is very convenient, all you may need can be found in this little alcove of a community. From groceries, hardware stores, banks and exotic foreign foods, one can just spend their free time without having to leave Astoria Ditmars to get what they need.