To The Editor:
This is in response to your article in the Oct. 24-30 issue titled, “Astoria Restaurateur Partners with Progresso.” I would like to make a few comments. First of all, I would not consider Joe Bastianich to be an Astoria Restaurateur, as he does not have a restaurant here, and has not lived here since he was very young. Also, he is quoted as saying that Astoria was an abandoned neighborhood. Not true. I’ve lived here since 1952, grew up here, and never left. We always had many wonderful, excellent restaurants here in Astoria (I could name them if you wish). It’s great that more are coming, but I cannot accept the untrue comment that we were a wasteland before, and that only now, the young people are enabling more restaurants. Maybe if his family had remained here, as we have, he would know better. Also, we do not have the best bagels here, maybe the best pizza. He is speaking as a person who really does not know Astoria, and that is an insult to those of us who do.