Bo O'Connor, Korean chef and co-owner of the Pomeroy restaurant works in the kitchen of her restaurant December 2, 2016 in Astoria in the Queens Borough of New York. AFP / Eduardo Munoz Alvarez
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Foodies are flocking to Queens, the New York borough that has long lived in the shadow of glitzy Manhattan, as it emerges as a treasure trove of good eats.Something changed in Queens one evening in October 2015 when Lady Gaga, wearing a pink dress, walked down the street in the Astoria neighborhood to attend the opening of The Pomeroy, a hip restaurant run by a childhood friend, chef Bo O'Connor.Her appearance helped New Yorkers realize that Queens had erased its image of humdrum suburbia. Astoria – the Queens neighborhood closest to Manhattan – is at the cutting edge of this movement.Queens is working-class, so while the new restaurateurs charge higher than average prices, they also try to stay affordable.In the northwest part of Queens, which includes Astoria, average housing prices have shot up 58 percent in five years, according to the real estate firm Douglas Elliman.Some want to think Queens will retain its fabulously mixed flavor in terms of its cultures and people.
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