Battling Economic Woes at Home, Greeks Look to NY for New Prospects

Takis Vassos, owner of Pegasus Travel, a travel agency in Astoria
Takis Vassos, owner of Pegasus Travel, a travel agency in Astoria

Takis Vassos, owner of Pegasus Travel, a travel agency in Astoria

As Greek leaders work towards an austerity deal to prevent a default, here’s a look at the ripple effect of the economic crisis on Greek immigrants in New York.

With Greece’s economy reeling and its unemployment rate at about 18 percent, some Greeks are trying their luck in the U.S. — especially in the immigrant stronghold of Astoria, Queens, where Greek stores, restaurants and travel agencies dot Ditmars Boulevard and 31st Street. In this podcast, journalist Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska reports from Queens in a radio story originally broadcast on WNYC.

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