9. Little Greece in Astoria, Queens
Occupying a rectangular region bounded by Ditmars Boulevard, Steinway Street, 36th Avenue and the East River is a neighborhood filled with traditional Greek taverns, bakeries, cafes and orthodox churches. Over the years, the Greek presence has shifted from Ditmars Boulevard to Broadway.
Large groups of Greeks migrated to the the region in the 1960s, with more immigrants arriving from Cyprus in 1974. In 1980, the population of Greeks in Astoria was 22,579, though that number dropped to 18,127 in 1990. Recently, the Queens Chronicle reported that the current Greek debt crisis has led to another influx of Greek immigrants to Astoria. Popular traditional Greek eateries in this neighborhood include Taverna Kyclades, Bahari Estiatorio, and the Omonia Cafe.
You may be familiar with scenes of Little Greece from the television show Orange is the New Black, where the character Red used to live and ran a deli.