Long Island City in New York City is notable for its rapid and ongoing gentrification, its waterfront parks, and its thriving arts community. It has among the highest concentration of art galleries, art institutions, and studio space of any neighborhood in New York City. The neighborhood is bounded on the north by the Queens neighborhood of Astoria & on the west by the East river.Astoria was first settled by the Dutch and Germans in the 17th century and by Irish settlers during the 19th and early 20th centuries.Italians were the next significant immigrants in Astoria. Numerous Italian restaurants, delis, bakeries and pizza shops are found throughout Astoria, particularly in the Ditmars Blvd area.The 1960s saw a large number of ethnic Greeks from Greece, and Cyprus, giving it the largest Greek population outside of Greece itself. The Greek cultural imprint can be seen in the numerous Greek restaurants, bakeries, tavernas and cafes, as well as several Greek Orthodox churches.
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