Greek Gift Shop Astoria New York
Our journey through the wonderful United States of America takes is today in one of its most amazing cities, New York. Since it is just a huge city (it has a population of more than 8 million, and a total area of 469 square miles (1,214 km2) it is divided into 5 boroughs. These are : Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island. The one that interest us for today is Queens, the largest in area and the second largest in population. It is located in the western part of Long Island and here you can find 2 of the 3 big airports of New York – JFK International Airport and also LaGuardia Airport. Just this borough itself can be compared to other large cities of the world, and it has a population of 2,306,712 and an area of 178 square miles (461 km2).
But we’ll go even further in the borough of Queens, and the place that interests us for today is the Astoria neighborhood. It is located in the northwestern part of Queens, close to other neighborhoods such as: Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside. It has its name after the name of John Jacob Astor, which was the richest man in America in the 1800’s. They decided to change the name this way in order to persuade him to invest 2,000 dollars in the neighborhood. After all he invested just 500 dollars, and he didn’t even set foot in Astoria, but the place still got his name. The neighborhood was initially settled by Dutch and Germans in the 17th century, and other nationalities came here in time, but the 1960’s saw a large number of Greeks coming here. So today Astoria is the largest Greek population outside of Greece.
So this means that there are many Greek restaurants, shops, tavernas, cafes, bakeries and also Greek Orthodox churches here in Astoria. In the year 1990 there were about 18,000 Greeks here, which is just like the population of an entire small city. There are many other emigrants here, from all over the world, and you can find people here from Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Morocco, Brazil, Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Mexico, India, Pakistan and others. As we said there are many Greek gift shops in Astoria, New York, and one of them is the GMW Greek Music & Video Superstore. It is located at this address: 25-30 31 Street, Astoria, NY, 11102 and has these phone numbers: 800-473.3522 or 718 932.8400. It is opened Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm. In case you are not living in New York, so you can’t visit the real shop, you can always visit its website : http://www.greekmusic.com. Here you can find all sorts of items, and the categories of products are: apparel, books, DVD-s, gift shop, Greek food products, Kids zone, learning Greek items, multi region DVD players and music. What interests us the most is the gift shop, that contains all sorts of interesting items such as: candles, ceramics, Greek flag gear, home decorations, jewelry, keychains, mouse pads, oil paintings, ornaments, religious items, soccer gear, statues, stickers, Tavli / Backgammon and worry beads.
So whenever you have some free time, browse through all of these categories of products, and see if you find something interesting for you (or for your friends and family). But if you are living in New York (or in this area), and you have the chance of visiting the Astoria neighborhood, don’t forget to make a short visit to the GMW Greek Music & Video Superstore, and tell us more about it. Have a nice day!11