Forgotten NY: Astoria

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Mon Feb 4 2013, 7:00 pm

Astoria‘s pedigree dates to the mid-1600s, when William Hallett received a grant for the area surrounding what is now Hallett‘s Cove by Peter Stuyvesant. However, the oldest structures in the region date to the mid-1800s, after fur merchant Stephen Ailing Halsey had incorporated the village in 1839.

Astoria was named for a man who apparently never set foot in it. A bitter battle for naming the village was finally named by supporters and friends of John Jacob Astor (1763-1848.

Astor, entrepreneur and real estate tycoon, had become the wealthiest man in America by 1840 with a net worth of over $40 million. (As it turns out, Astor did live in “Astoria”—his summer home, built on what is now East 87th Street near York Avenue—from which he could see the new Long Island Village named for him.)

This special presentation will take a special look at Astoria Village, quickly vanishing to new housing and development.

Program presented by our affiliate, Kevin Walsh‘s Forgotten New York.

These programs are supported by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Additional support provided by the membership of the Greater Astoria Historical Society.

Free to GAHS members, $5 to non-members.