The man on the left is George Delis, the former district manager of Community Board 1 in Astoria, and about a month ago he called to give us all of the details.
(We know, one month ago! All of these elections have been keeping us busy, especially in the 6th Congressional District, where we are still trying to figure out just who are the real Jewish and Asian candidates.)
Delis told us that the photo was of him, former Governor George Pataki, of course, and confirmed what a caller told us, that the man in the middle was former Athens Mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos.
What Delis was able to add to the story was that the photo was taken at a dedication ceremony for a statue of Athena in Astoria’s Athens Square Park. The statue was donated by the city of Athens in late 1998, and still stands in the park today.
Athens Square Park is a social epicenter for the neighborhood’s large Greek population, as well as the neighborhood at large. In fact, the Olympic Torch made a stop here in 2004 when the Olympics were held in Greece.
Mystery solved. We should probably write all of this info on the back of the photo so we don’t come across it two years from now and ask again, “Hey, anybody know what the heck is going on here?”