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Old 09-23-2013, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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Queens and hip don't really go together. If the hip thing didn't really take off in LIC or Astoria I don't see it happening in Woodside. Don't get me wrong there is nice night life in Queens but for whatever reasons it's been trendy resistant.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:28 AM
 
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Queens and hip don't really go together. If the hip thing didn't really take off in LIC or Astoria I don't see it happening in Woodside. Don't get me wrong there is nice night life in Queens but for whatever reasons it's been trendy resistant.
LIC is like a gritty mid-western warehouse district and Astoria is like one big Greek/Slavic social club. Woodside is about halfway between Grand Central and Downtown Flushing. It is ideal, especially with the shiny new Fresh Mart on Roosevelt.
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Somewhere....
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Now, many of you had witnessed me supporting mass change and hipsterdom in many neighborhoods in the past, but now this 'hip' nonsense is getting out of hand. Woodside, Ridgewood ? Come on..
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Woodside is going to be the next Williamsburg by 2015? Not really. Ridgewood on the other hand is more likely to in that time frame.

For Queens gentrification Astoria, especially around Broadway, is already turning into the Bedford Ave L stop since I see plenty of working professionals and hipster(ish) 20 something's everywhere. Hard to believe just about 15 years ago it was Greek and Italian neighborhood with an old school Queens vibe to it. Rents are going up south of Astoria Blvd and west of Steinway much more quickly than I would've expected since moving away from the area last year. Ditmars-Steinway even is becoming trendy due to the strip of restaurants along Ditmars Blvd.

What's interesting is I noticed about 1/2 of my Manhattanite friends have moved to Astoria in the past year... Including me when I fled Inwood for Sunnyside Gardens. Much happier back in Queens because the rent is reasonable, it's very quite (at least where I am), reasonably safe, reasonable commute right into Midtown and it has a genuine neighborhood feel. Though, I worry Sunnyside Gardens will become unaffordable in 10 years.

It's interesting to think of the rate that Queens is gentrified/ changed in recent years. First Forest Hills (around Austin St specifically), then LIC, now Astoria. What's next?

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Now, many of you had witnessed me supporting mass change and hipsterdom in many neighborhoods in the past, but now this 'hip' nonsense is getting out of hand. Woodside, Ridgewood ? Come on..
Agreed. Though, real estate columnists for the NY Times are a powerful force combined with agents. Enough "hip" articles, press and buzzwords for any neighborhood in the city and you'll start to see demographical shifts taking place.

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Old 09-23-2013, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Between the Bays
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Forest Hills and Astoria have been and still are nicer than any of those hip Brooklyn neighborhoods.
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Far Rockaway...Hipster Heaven: 2020.
That is, presuming all the up and coming young moguls don't move to Kearny, NJ instead.
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