On one side of Victoria's Secret, there's an empty storefront where a men's clothing shop used to be. A Japanese restaurant, now shuttered, is on the other side. For Rent signs are more common than street lights.
Despite a building boom across much of the city, Steinway St. - the normally bustling retail corridor in the heart of Astoria, Queens - has fallen on tough times.
Despite a long tradition as a powerhouse shopping district, Steinway St. is suffering a significant slowdown in retail leasing activity. Landlords, brokers and merchants blame the weak economy for store closings and curtailed expansion plans.
Faded strip plots comeback; Steinway St. stymied by empty storefronts
On the block retail experts consider the most desirable, between 31st Ave. and Broadway, eight storefronts are vacant or have For Rent signs. There are 13 between 30th and 31st Aves.