Julie and Julia is filmed around here. Their apartment is by the powerplant on the river. And there are a touching number of Astoria location shots including the fish store by the 30th Ave subway stop and K&T Butcher.
Sure, they throw in some 7 trains shots to pretend they're in Long Island City proper, but we know it's all on this side of Queensbridge, baby. The movie itself is nice. Very chick flick. But Maryl Streep is outstanding as Julia Child.
For what it's worth, I once ran into Julie at Vine, the liquor store down there by the McGuinness Highway Bridge. I'm very happy for her.
Alas, I never ran into Julia. And this even though I lived in Cambridge not far from her, shopped at the same grocery store, and didn't know anybody who *didn't* have a Julia sighting.