ASTORIA, Queens — The increase in hate crimes throughout New York City has especially affected Astoria, Queens.
Astoria is one of the most diverse places in the United States.
“You have 100 languages spoken in this neighborhood alone and we pride ourselves on our diversity,” explains State Senator Michael Gianaris.
But in recent weeks the neighborhood has also been home to several recent hate crimes.
Last Saturday a 17-year-old was approached by three unknown men near the corner of 21st Street and 28th Avenue. Police tell PIX11 News one of the men told the teen, “I don’t want any Muslims f—ing sitting on my bench,” then an assault happened.
“Someone had significant damage done to their eye as a result of a bottle being thrown at them. And it’s got to stop,” Senator Gianaris told PIX11.
Astoria resident Dolores gave her theory to PIX11 on the recently visible hate crimes in the area.
"The younger generation, they show animosity, they have to learn everybody bleeds the same blood,” she said. “We have to learn how to get along.”