Astoria is a great neighborhood for getting to know NYC outside of Manhattan. The apartment is 3 blocks away from the train station and only a 15 minute train ride into the center of Manhattan. My apartment is clean with lots of lighting.
One of the reason I love Astoria is for the food. They're so many awesome place to eat and just about any cuisine to chose from. Aside from the food, they're beautiful scenic views of Manhattan.
Walking distance to the train station, N, R, M and W train. Only a few stops into midtown Manhattan.