From the Daily News:
Astoria is poised to become the city’s next ‘gayborhood’ with the opening of three bars and dance clubs that could turn the increasingly desirable neighborhood into a destination for the LGBT community in Queens.
Icon, which boasts a white leather bar with Swarovski crystals, and Static Lounge, which is holding a ‘Men of Astoria’ calendar contest, became the newest bars on the block when they burst onto the scene in December.
Elixir opened in May with musical theatre trivia contests and speed dating. And Albatross, a dive bar with drag karaoke and a pool table, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.
“The demand for more gay bars has been strong for a while,” said T’ai Chu-Richardson, who belongs to the LGBT networking group Out Astoria, which boasts a whopping 1,260 members on its Facebook page. “It’s been a growing gay neighborhood for the past four or five years.”
Sky-high Manhattan rents have priced many members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community out of Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea, he said. And they’re moving to Astoria because of its cheaper rents and close proximity to the city.
From the Daily News:
A quiet, central Queens neighborhood is going from suburban to chic with a slew of upscale restaurant and trendy bar openings.
The new Forest Hills establishments are slowly helping the neighborhood compete with the dining and drinking scenes in Brooklyn, Astoria and Long Island City.
And while the restaurants aren’t pushing culinary boundaries, they have become a draw for the increasing number of young professionals in the area who don’t want to trek into Manhattan for a night out.
Gays in Astoria! Trendy restaurants in Forest Hills! Wow! Perhaps finally the "right" people will inhabit Queens! Move over working class people and immigrants!
Actually it seems to me that a gay population has always resided in Astoria and Forest Hills has always had a restaurant scene. So what the hell are these articles about? I think it has to do with shilling for real estate interests.