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Athens Cafe closes, with owners of Bareburger said to be taking it over

Nov. 10, By Michael Florio

The Athens Café, a well-known Greek hangout located at 32-01 30th Avenue, has closed—with sources saying that the owners of Bareburger have taken over the space.

The phone number at Athens Café was disconnected over the weekend and workers were seen today carting items out of the restaurant and throwing them in a dumpster.…

Temporary homeless shelter likely to become permanent

Nov. 10, By Michael Florio

Six months ago the Westway Motel, located at 71-11 Astoria Blvd, was an emergency shelter where up to 35 homeless families were sent for just a one night stay if the city’s permanent shelters were full.…

NYC launches campaign to market Astoria as tourist destination


Nov. 5, By Christian Murray

NYC & Company, the city’s official marketing arm, announced yesterday at an international travel show that it is putting the spotlight on Astoria this month.

NYC & Co. has put together a video featuring many of its attributes – from its history in the movie making business to the many restaurants that pepper the neighborhood.…

The Sandwich Bar is spreading out onto 33rd Street– adding 24 seats

Nov. 4, By Michael Florio

The Sandwich Bar is likely to be getting a whole lot bigger.

Alex Valavanis, owner of the 33-01 Ditmars Blvd establishment, recently went before Community Board 1 and was approved for an enclosed sidewalk café.…

Homeless shelter sparks heated debate at Police Precinct meeting

Oct. 31, By Michael Florio

The Westway Motor Inn, which was converted into a full-time homeless shelter in July, was at the center of some heated discussion at this month’s 114th Police Precinct meeting on Tuesday.

Several residents claimed that there had been an uptick in crime near the 71-11 Astoria Blvd.…

Burglars are targeting Astoria, with two sections of neighborhood hit hard

Oct. 30, By Michael Florio

Burglars are targeting Astoria–yet again.

There were 36 burglaries reported in the 28-day period ending Oct 19, compared to just 23 for the same period last year.

Deputy Inspector Kevin Maloney, the commanding officer of the 114th Precinct,…