Head to Astoria for authentic Greek restaurants, shops, and grocery stores. Here you can buy kalamata olives and salty sheep's (or sheep-and-goat's) milk feta from store owners who can tell you where to go for the best gyro or spanakopita. Taverna Kyclades is well-known for classic Greek seafood dishes, while just a few blocks up the road, SingleCut Beersmiths runs free brewery tours and pours some tasty ales and lagers. Astoria, named for John Jacob Astor—America's first multimillionaire—has been the center of Greek immigrant life in New York City for more than 60 years. Today substantial numbers of Arab, Asian, Eastern European, Irish, and Latino immigrants have also joined the dwindling Greek and Italian populations that call Astoria home. The presence of the Greek community is still evident on strips along both 23rd Avenue and Ditmars Boulevard. Another busy thoroughfare is 30th Avenue, with almost every kind of food store imaginable. Astoria is also home to the nation's only museum devoted to the art, technology, and history of film, TV, and digital media: the Museum of the Moving Image.
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