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About Astoria

Minutes away from Midtown Manhattan by subway or car, Museum of the Moving Image is located in the Queens neighborhood of Astoria/Long Island City, an area that is home to communities from around the world—more than 100 ethnic groups are represented.

The Museum is on the campus of the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios, a thriving film and media production facility which was originally established in 1920 as Paramount’s east coast production facility. The campus is also home to the state-of-the-art Frank Sinatra High School for the Performing Arts, founded by Astoria native Tony Bennett.

Astoria is especially known for the quality and diversity of its dining options. Within walking distance from the Museum are such restaurants as The Astor Room (where Museum members receive a 15% discount) and Cafe Bar (where Museum members receive a 10% discount). In addition, a wide range of ethnic cuisine—Greek, Brazilian, Croatian, Colombian, Egyptian, Venezuelan, and Thai among them—is also available. Click here for a list of restaurants close to the Museum.

Many other cultural institutions have taken root in the Astoria/Long Island City area. They include MoMA PS1, The Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, and SculptureCenter, as well as alternative arts organizations like Flux Factory. Learn more about visual and performing arts organizations in the region through the Long Island City Cultural Alliance .