Ditmars, Long Island
Ditmars is a neighborhood located in the borough of Queens, Long Island, New York. It is part of Queens Community Board 1. The neighborhood is surrounded by Bowery Bay to the north, La Guardia Airport to the east, 23rd Avenue to the south and the East River on the west. Ditmars is often considered to be within Astoria and also called Steinway. It is mostly a residential area with individual single and small group family homes, tantalizingly close to the green and huge open spaces of Astoria Park. Ditmars Boulevard is about more than dining. It has friendly bars to pass the hours after dark with pleasure and friendship and shops to keep you happily engaged for hours by day. It is the last stop on the N and W subway lines which run into Queens above ground following 31st Street. The neighborhood has also 2 Municipal Parking Fields which both casual visitors and regular commuters find a blessing in the crowded and jam-packed ways of much of Queens.
The area is named after a former mayor; Ditmars is also a major center of power generation, with a number of major plants. La Guardia and East River are significant landmarks that border Ditmars. The Hell Gate Bridge is an important architectural landmark in Ditmars, apart from the essential role it plays in keeping Astoria connected with the rest of Queens and Manhattan. Today, the bridge has the 17th longest main steel arch span in the world, continues to play a central role in rail transportation in the Northeast. Ditmars today is a renter's market, long on apartments but short on houses to buy. What co-op apartments are to be found in Ditmars are usually one-bedrooms in converted rental buildings.
There are large numbers of immigrants from Greece have chosen Ditmars for their homes. This has evolved during the past six decades and continues even now. It is to the credit of Queens and indeed New York State, that communities can have the freedom to preserve the best parts of their culture, even as they integrate flawlessly with national values. Another plus resident often cite is security. It is a very safe to live here with crime rates of the area are relatively low. Ditmas is a family-oriented place where three generations in Sunday best dine out after church. The 718 Restaurant on Ditmars Boulevard attracts attention and makes for a memorable fine dining experience. The decor is absorbing even at first glance, with brilliant colors and unusual furnishings. It's a little pricey for the area, but the martinis are really good and sharing a pizza with a friend is a good way to balance out a budget. The menu, which changes by the season, is always something to which residents of Ditmars can look forward, for it is distinctively rooted West of Greece.