Not everyone was eager to keep Greece in the euro zone. “We’re not against Europe, but against the way they’re doing things," said 58-year-old Panagiotis Kariotis, who was born in Greece. "They’re putting a bank above everyone; it’s unfair. If it’s to be the way we are now—starving—then we better get out!”
It is possible for members of the Astoria C.S.A. to avoid grocery stores for weeks at a time. The community-supported agriculture group, like the vast majority of C.S.A.s, offers vegetable shares, and it offers fruit shares, another common C.S.A. option. But it also offers a way to buy maple syrup, sliced sourdough bread, bacon, goat cheese, andouille sausage, whole chickens, leaf lard, bone marrow, freshly ground flour, and organically grown (and relatively fresh) beans
The King of Falafel was in a bad mood. It was early on a recent weekday morning and Feres “Freddy” Zeideia, the ringmaster of the Astoria-based King of Falafel and Shawarma cart that has done business on 30th Avenue and Broadway for the past eight years, was in a warehouse under the Queensboro bridge, which shelters about three dozen food carts overnight.
Zeideia had to cook his rice, grind his falafel, mix his hot sauce, whisk his tahini dressing, drive to his location, and set up his cart by 11 a.m. There were only a few hours left, and he was losing his patience.