Astoria, Queens, is home to “Little Morocco” on Steinway Street, between 28th Avenue and Astoria Boulevard—although the area is more familiarly called “Little Egypt.” Arabic restaurants and other shops began to open in the area in the 1980s and 1990s.
The “Little Morocco” restaurant (opened in 2006 and the primary source of the neighborhood nickname) is located at 24-39 Steinway Street in Astoria, Queens.
Wikipedia: Astoria, Queens
Astoria is a neighborhood in the northwestern corner of the borough of Queens in New York City. Located in Community Board 1, Astoria is bounded by the East River and is adjacent to three other Queens neighborhoods: Long Island City, Sunnyside (bordering at Northern Boulevard), and Woodside (bordering at 50th Street).
Astoria is a diverse neighborhood with many immigrants from places such as Greece, Italy, Ireland, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.
Beginning in the mid-1970s, the neighborhood’s Arab population grew from earlier Lebanese immigrants to include people from Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Morocco. In the 1990s, Steinway Street between 28th Avenue and Astoria Boulevard saw the establishment of many Arabic shops, restaurants and cafes.
Here’s another restaurant in the Little Egypt section of Steinway Street. It’s also got an outdoor cafe. I was lucky that it was a warm day in late October. I used a telephoto lens to shoot this because I didn’t want to bother crossing the street. It’s OK, but I miss the look of a 24 mm wide-angle lens. I may go back and redo this one someday.
24-39 Steinway Street
New York (NY) Times
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Published: April 30, 2008
Magid Atif has worked almost every job in the restaurant business, starting as a busboy at the Purity diner in Brooklyn when he arrived from Casablanca in 1985.
“Finally, I decided to go to cooking school, and I wanted to go to Paris but my funds would only allow me to go to Pittsburgh,” he said last week in Little Morocco, the breezy cafe in Astoria, Queens, where he is now an owner and chef. Steinway Street south of the Grand Central Parkway is lined with hookah cafes, halal butchers, Middle Eastern bakeries and North African restaurants; a mosque across the street provides a steady stream of customers.
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Is there a “Little Morocco” neighborhood in NYC somewhere?
Actually, there is. It’s the section of Steinway Street from Astoria Blvd down towards Northern Blvd. Take the R or V local to Steinway Street. The stop is about in the middle.
There is an actual restaurant called Little Morocco on this street.
I found this by accident looking for a specialty shoe shop that was supposed to be on Steinway.
Oh and my Astoria expert (a friend who grew up there and goes back almost monthly) says the area is also know as Little Egypt, Little North Africa and has the greatest density of 99 cent shops she’s ever seen.
I never found the shoe shop.