The typical asking rate per listing is in the $60's per square foot per year. The Astoria region is going through a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $5 per sqft per year. That's a 8% rise in rent.
Compared to the rest of the New York City market, the Astoria submarket has smaller rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated region.
In the last 90 days, 18 listings have been listed, which means new availabilities most likley are leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 2,130 sqft. Most buildings in this area are approximately 2 floors. Most buildings in this market were built in 1945 and are Class A.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Wholesale trade is the dominant industry in this region. Commute by walking is the most popular way to get to work amongst Astoria folk. Commuting close to an hour and a half a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.