I found a place to live! It’s on Broadway just south of Crescent street in Astoria (for all you stalker-types, redheads especially)
Pics are forthcoming.
Creating a post on my favorite informational geekhydra site AskMetafilter about how best to meet my neighbors led me to meettheneighbors.org, a way to group together with your neighbors to improve whatever neighborhood you happen to live in.
I love the net sometimes.
Personal freedom here I come!