‘You’re from Australia?? What are you doing here?’ the waitress in the Queens Comfort Cafe wanted to know.
Well might she ask. Astoria, Queens is not a part of New York that attracts many visitors. It’s a place where New Yorkers live. Lots of them.
And one of them happened to have an affordable apartment to rent to visitors through the Air B&B website.
I’ll have more to report on the Air B&B experience in a later post, but for the moment, let’s have a look at Astoria.
It’s a lively, multi-cultural area, with the feel of a working-class suburb that is becoming gentrified. It reminded us of Marrickville in Sydney, only bigger, brighter and a lot busier.
The Golden Arches, Eyebrow threading, interesting haircuts – you get the idea of Astoria. Not glamorous, but anyone can feel comfortable here.
The Queens Comfort Cafe had only recently opened, and deserves to do well. Comfortable it certainly was, decked out in retro diner style, and serving excellent burgers. (They were the only ones we ate for the whole trip. Here in Queens it seemed only right to eat the local cuisine.)
A delightful bonus was meeting a waitress with whom I could discuss the Shetland Islands Folk Festival. She’d been there, I want to get there sometime.
We wish the Queens Comfort Cafe every success.
But I digress…
Apart from being a nice place to live, there at first appears little to attract visitors to Queens. However, thanks to Mevrouw T’s research on the excellent smartphone app ‘Wikihood’, we found a hidden treasure of a museum. Continue reading